West Cork is a beautiful region of southwest Ireland, extending geographically from Cork City to the three rugged peninsulas jutting into the Atlantic, Mizen Head, Sheep’s Head and the Beara Peninsula. It is dotted with relics from the past, stone circles, ruined castles, coastal forts and some grand houses, but it is the beauty of nature that visitors generally remark upon. Hundreds of beaches, most of them deserted, islands, sub-tropical gardens, mountain passes and rolling hills. It is a cosmopolitan region, with many artists of all nationalities and disciplines attracted to the beauty of the region.
It’s a great place for food-lovers. Kinsale in the east is often referred to as the gourmet capital of Ireland, but the whole region is well supplied with excellent restaurants for all budgets, often serving exclusively local produce among which is acknowledged to be some of the best beef, pork and fish in Ireland.
There are numerous sporting activities. In addition to the fly-fishing and golf that we support at Kilcoleman, there are a multitude of beach and water sports available in numerous locations, such as sailing, surfing, diving, whale watching and sea-kayaking. Alternatively, visitors can potter in a local farmers’ market, shop in designer boutiques in the many market towns, or have a pint of a local ale in one of the many pubs.
Culturally, scarcely a week goes by in West Cork without a festival of some kind, either celebrating food (the West Cork Food Festival), music (the Clonakilty Guitar Festival, or the West Cork Chamber Music Festival), literature (Bantry Literary Festival) or all three at once (the Ballymaloe Literary Festival).