West Cork is home to some of the most scenic beaches, towns, and villages in Ireland. We have put together our favourite spots for you to visit on your next trip to The Maritime Hotel in Bantry. Check them out below!
West Cork Towns & Villages
The historic village of Baltimore and the enchanting islands of Cape Clear, Sherkin and Heir lie near the very southern tip of Ireland, where the Wild Atlantic Way meets Carbery’s Hundred Isles off the beautiful coast of West Cork. Once the haunt of pirates, today the area is a centre for all kinds of waterborne activity. On land too there is plenty to enjoy including a varied calendar of festivals and events, not to mention a wide choice of accommodation and some great places to eat and drink.
Set in the centre of an area of outstanding natural beauty, Schull is one of the finest villages in West Cork, Ireland – an idyllic place to stay or visit along the Wild Atlantic Way. The prevailing south-westerly winds come over more than 2000 miles of the open sea and the air is marvellously clear and clean. The safe and welcoming harbour, the many islands off-shore and the Atlantic Ocean provide an excellent base for water sports. There is also tennis, pony trekking, a planetarium, fine restaurants, good accommodation, a boatyard, a weekly country market and a peninsula rich in archaeology and wildlife
Famous as a holiday destination since the 1700s and boomed in the Victorian times as an important stop along the Prince-of-Wales-Route. Today Glengarriff attracts visitors from all over the world. The population of the Glengarriff is just 800 and it expands significantly in size during the summer months. Glengarriff, the natural meeting place with its unrivalled beauty, peace and tranquillity, invites you to sit back, relax and take in the very special ambience of the place.
West Cork Beaches
Barleycove Beach – On a warm summer’s day, there aren’t many better places to be than south of Ireland down to Barleycove Beach Located 40 minutes from the hotel, it’s a perfect place for families, couples or friends to soak in the sun and admire the beautiful scenes
Owenihencha Beach- This beach is one of the most ‘photogenic’ beaches you’ll come across in West Cork. And under the light of sunset, at golden hour, it transforms into the place out of this world: something quite unreal, but gladly, tangible heaven on earth that stretches for a thousand miles
Warren Beach is a small, rural sandy beach located at the mouth of Rosscarbery River in County Cork. Warren Beach is a designated Natural Heritage Area and has great facilities including a car park and toilet facilities.
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