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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. 

Gardens

Derreen Garden - Killarney County Kerry Ireland
Derreen Garden
Kenmare, Co. Kerry
The passion of an Edwardian grandee for shrubs and trees collected from around the globe and lush sub tropical growth promoted by the Gulf Stream combine to make this an unforgettable place. Not for ideas which can be copied in the average garden ...
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Golf

The 11th Fairway
Bantry Bay Golf Club
Bantry, Co. Cork
Course Type: Clifftop-Parkland
Founded in 1975, Bantry Bay Golf Club in Co Cork has been described as "one of the most spectacular golf courses in the world" and visitors have long been enthralled by the charms of West Cork and this delightful course. The 6,690 ya ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Swallows Roost Holiday Cottage
Durrus, Co. Cork
This is a modern one bedroom cottage in the grounds of Failte Ireland approved Carbery Cottage Guest Lodge. Access to 2 acres of gardens, runs & kennels available for free exercise of dogs. Dogs permitted in the apartment. Guide price Fr ...
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What's On

Skibbereen Farmers Market - County Cork - Saturdays
Skibbereen Farmers Market

Old Market Square (opposite AIB Bank), Skibbereen, County Cork

Saturdays: 10am - 2pm

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Tourist Attractions

Skibbereen Heritage Centre - Heritage Centre in Skibbereen - Skibbereen  County Cork Ireland
Skibbereen Heritage Centre
Skibbereen, Co. Cork
The Heritage Centre is located in the award winning, beautifully restored Old Gasworks Building, in Skibbereen and is home to the Great Famine Commemoration Exhibition that commemorates the tragic period in the 1840s that is known in Irish Histor ...
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Wedding Venues

Inish Beg Estate - Wedding Venue Baltimore County Cork Ireland
Inish Beg
Baltimore, Co. Cork
Inish Beg is a private island estate in beautiful West Cork Ireland - just a few miles from the thriving market town of Skibbereen and the idyllic little port of Baltimore with its sailing, fishing and diving centres. The wedding venues hosts ...
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