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Bantry, Co. Cork

Bantry (Irish: Beanntraí) is a busy market town and fishing port on the coast of County Cork, located on the N71 route at the head of Bantry Bay. The Beara peninsula is to the northwest, with Sheep's Head also nearby, on the peninsula south of Bantry Bay.

As with many areas on Ireland's south-west coast, Bantry claims an ancient connection to the sixth century saint, Breandán (Naomh Bréanainn) the Navigator. In Irish lore Saint Breandán was the first person to discover America.

Bantry House, home since 1739 to the White family, the former Earl of Bantry, is located south of the town. It is spectacularly situated and exuberantly furnished. It is one of Ireland's most attractive Great Houses, full of treasures collected by various generations of Earls of Bantry from all parts of the world. In the courtyard of Bantry House, The French Armada Exhibition Centre has been developed. This features the ill-fated French Armada invasion of December, 1796.

Rowing, sailing and golf are popular past times for visitors to the area.

Gardens

Aultaghreagh Cottage Garden
Aultaghreagh Cottage Garden
Dunmanway, Co. Cork
There’s nothing more encouraging than visiting enthusiasts’ gardens, especially when starting a new garden. Christine and Les Wilson have had a wonderfully inventive approach to their one acre hilltop garden which is packed with choic ...
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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

Inish Beg Estate - Self Catering Baltimore County Cork Ireland
Inish Beg Estate
Baltimore, Co. Cork
Inish Beg is a beautiful private island estate in West Cork; with a stone bridge connecting Inish Beg to the mainland, a few miles from the thriving market town of Skibbereen and the idyllic little port of Baltimore with its sailing, fishing and ...
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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

Contact: Adrian Brentnall adrian@ambquality.co.uk Te ...
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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

BlairsCove House and Restaurant - Durrus County Cork Ireland - Wedding Venue
Blairscove House & Restaurant
Durrus, Co. Cork
What a wonderful venue for a wedding: Philippe and Sabine de Mey’s beautiful property enjoys a stunning waterside location at the head of Dunmanus Bay, in West Cork. Everything revolves around the courtyard, which has been beautifully r ...
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