Famous in song, Bantry in West Cork Ireland is of legendary
beauty. Bantry, at the head of the bay, is a busy market town and fishing port.
Bantry located at the mouth of Bantry Bay, was twice entered by French fleets in 1689 to support James II against William
of Orange, in 1796 to aid Wolfe Tone and an Irish uprising. A
storm dispersed the 1796 fleet and few of the ships made the Bay.
Bantry offers numerous activities for our visitors, including 2
golf courses, Bantry Golf Club, an 18-hole course designed by
Christy O'Connor Jnr., and Glengarriff. For the best in West Cork
walking, cycling, fishing, West Cork sailing and water sports or for just
relaxing, Bantry and the South-West has always been one of the
most popular tourist destinations. Explore some of Bantry's
history with a trip to nearby Carriganass Castle and the stone
circle at Kealkill.
There is an abundance of award winning
restaurants in Bantry town centre, situated around the Wolf Tone
plaza. Take some time to explore Bantry Town and take a leisurely
walk around, walk up town to Bridge Street to see the old Water
Wheel by the Library. To complete your
visit to Bantry a tour of the magnificent
Bantry House, is a must.
Bantry House, 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
After leaving Bantry House
turn right and drive for approx 3 km where you take a right turn
on to the Sheep's Head Peninsula where you can enjoy numerous
walks including the well know Sheep's Head Walk Way. Bantry can be
accessed by bus from Cork or Kerry or if you are using your own
transport from Cork you will pass through Clonakilty, Rosscarbery,
Skibbereen, Ballydehob and then Bantry and on the other side you
have Glengarriff and on through the Beara area to Kenmare in Co
Kerry, so you can be into another county in Ireland in no time and
take in some stunning scenery and walking areas along the way.
If you would like to explore one of West Cork's Islands a ferry
leaves Bantry pier for Whiddy Island and takes just 10 or 15
minutes over by boat, explore Whiddy Island by foot or bicycles
can be hired while there.
There is a tourist office located at the East end of Bantry town
for any maps or brochures you may require on Bantry and its
surrounding area. Bantry Accommodation is available
in the local Bed & Breakfasts and Bantry Hotels, Westlodge
Hotel, The Maritime, and Bantry House.