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.
There is an abundance of award winning restaurants in Bantry town
centre, situated around the Wolf Tone plaza . Accommodation is available
in the local Bed & Breakfasts and Bantry Hotels. Westlodge
Hotel, The The Maritime, Bantry House To round off
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
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.
There are numerous activities available in Bantry, including 2
golf courses, Bantry Golf Club, an 18-hole course designed by
Christy O'Connor Jnr., and Glengarrif. For the best in Irish
walking, cycling, fishing, sailing and water sports or for just
relaxing, Bantry and the South-West has always been one of the
most popular tourist destinations
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.