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50 things to do in West Cork

50 things to do in West Cork & The Beara Peninsula

For those planning on staying in West Cork for the Rebel Tour weekend this year (Sept 8th, 9th, 10th), check out what else the Beara Peninsula has to offer. Our friends in Glengarriff Tourism & Development Association have developed a list of 50 things to do while in Glengarriff and the Beara Peninsula.

From scenic drives, walks and hikes, fantastic restaurants and eateries, historical sights and amenities, to the floura and fauna of the area, the Beara Peninsula has something to offer all visitors. 

Click here to download your PDF of 50 things to do around the Beara Peninsula

Map No  Attraction Description
1 ILNACULLIN GARINISH ISLAND  A short boat ride across the harbour, will bring you to this internationally renowned sub-tropical garden paradise.
2 BRYCE HOUSE The home of Mrs Violet Bryce, owner of Garinish it was expanded by her son, Roland who lived here until his death in 1953. Opened as a Visitor Centre in 2016. 
3 GLENGARRIFF
NATURE RESERVE 
Situated just outside the village, the nature reserve is one of the finest oceanic Sessile Oak woods in Ireland.
4 BLUE POOL –
POULGORM
A beautiful public area in the heart of the village ideal for exploring and relaxing. It takes in the two ferries and adventure playground.
THE EWE GALLERY &
SCULPTURE GARDEN
Ireland’s only interactive Sculpture Garden – in a magical riverside setting with bridges and waterfalls.
6 GLENGARRIFF
BAMBOO PARK
 
An unique exotic garden with 30 species of bamboo, tropical plants, romantic paths and breathtaking views.
7 SEALS & SEA EAGLES The largest colony of Harbour seals on the Irish Coast. Seals can be seen from Seal Point and from ferries to
Garinish Island. Look out also for White-tailed Eagles.
8 WALKING &
RUNNING
Glengarriff has a great choice of marked walks. Why not join the Park Run? Every Sat @9.30 from the car park in the Nature Reserve.
9 GLENGARRIFF
GOLF CLUB
This stunning 9-hole course offers outstanding views of Glengarriff Harbour and the surrounding mountains.
10 GLENGARRIFF
SHOPPING
A wide variety of shops sell sell craft products, woollens,
jewellery, crystal, fashion and antiques.
11 THE HERITAGE TRAIL
OF GLENGARRIFF
Investigate the built heritage of Glengarriff. Booklet with map available locally.
12 BARLEY LAKE A spectacular corrie lake set high up in the Caha Mountains.
13 Beara Scenic Drive Drive around the most beautiful and unspoiled peninsula in Ireland
14 Zetland Pier Sandy coves for swimming
15 Beara Way Walking Route Superb walking country
16 Healy Pass & Glanmore Lake Highly recommended scenic drive across the peninsula
17 Hungry Hill Waterfall The highest in Ireland
18 Castletownbere  The largest whitefish port in Ireland
19 Bere Island, Yacht Marina & Heritage Centre Catch a ferry to this popular island
20 Dunboy Castle The ruined castle was the seat of the O’Sullivan Bere Chieftain which was beseiged in 1602
21 Dzogchen Beara Meditation Centre Buddhist Meditation Centre and Café
22 Dursey Island Cable Car The only cable car in the country, a truly unique experience
23 Allihies Copper Mine Visitor Centre & Beach  Dedicated to the history of copper mining in the Allihies area
24 Eyeries Village & Ogham Stone  Colourful awardwinning rural Irish village
25 Ardgroom Stone Circle  Stone circle of 9 standing stones and 2 prostrate stones, 8 metres in diameter
26 Dereen Gardens  Mature woodland estate and Gardens
27  Gleninchiquin Waterfall and Park  Spectacular waterfall and breathtaking scenery
28 Star Outdoors  Sailing, kayaking and more, just a short drive from Kenmare
29 Kenmare Seafari The original eco-cruise from Kenmare Pier with seal and white tailed eagle watching
30 Kenmare Heritage Centre & Town Trail Providing a intregal insight into the history of the
town and its lace making
31 Bonane Heritage Park A Walk through the 5000 years of the archaeology of Bonane
32 Molly Gallivan’s A 200 year old cottage and farms shows life before electrification and modern conveniences
33 Caha Pass A very scenic mountain road between Kenmare and Glengarriff
34 Bantry Museum & Trail History of the town and fascinating town trail, loop walks
35 Indoor Leisure Centres Bantry Swimming pools and gyms in Bantry’s Hotels
36 Bantry House & Gardens Unrivalled setting with views of Bantry Harbour
37 Whiddy Island Haven of peace and tranquillity, a short ferry ride from Bantry
38 Sheep’s Head Walk A beautifully scenic long distance walking route
39  Air India Disaster Memorial A memorial garden and sundial honours the memory of the victims of the 1985 Air India disaster
40 West Cork Garden Trail Private gardens open to the public, enquire locally for details
41  Mizen Vision Centre Lighthouse visitor centre on Ireland’s Land’s End
42 Barley Cove Beach The largest expanse of golden sand in the South West
43 Roaring Water Bay Whale watching
44 Schull Planetarium Discover the heavens
45 Ballydehob Bridge Park Shoreside park with walks, picnic areas and playground
46 Skibbereen Famine Heritage Centre History of the Great Famine and nearby Lough Hyne
47 Lough Hyne A salt-water lake connected to the sea by rapids. Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve
48 Carriganass Castle & Stone Circle Fine example of a fortified castle in tranquil riverside setting
49 Gougane Barra Forest Park & St Finbarr’s
Oratory
The scenic valley, the source of the River Lee contains a Forest Park and Oratory
50  Kilgarvan Motor Museum Vintage cars and tea rooms

  
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