Ahakista, Co. Cork
Ahakista (Atha Ciste) is located approximately half way along the Sheep's Head peninsula between Durrus and Kilcrohane in West Cork. It is a pretty wooded coastal village that has a deep and sheltered harbour. There is a small sandy beach, and the 88km (55 miles) of marked trail comprising the Sheep's Head Way criss-crosses through the village. The sheltered deep water harbour is home to both fishing boats and pleasure craft and the annual Ahakista Regatta is held every August bank holiday weekend.
It is an ideal base from which to tour the Bantry Bay area and offers enjoyable walks and cycling routes for all the family. The area is rich in historical sites including the Kealkil Stone Circle, the Breenymore Megaliths and the Ahakista Stone Circle.
There are excellent scenic walking routes in the area, with two being recognised by the National Waymarked Ways Committee, namely the Sheep’s Head Way and Beara Way.
Visitors can also enjoy the Shamrock West Cork Garden Trail which consists of a number of both private and public gardens open to the public in the summer months. The influence of the warm gentle gulf stream results in an abundance of rich plant life in the area.
There is lots to offer the angling enthusiast such as shore fishing, chartered deep sea boats, and also salmon and trout fishing in the many local lakes and rivers.