Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
EXPLORE THE SCENIC ROUTE OF THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY
Whiddy Island - (5minut walk, 15-minute ferry)
The Island linked to the mainland by the local ferry with numerous trips throughout the day. Whiddy has something for everyone. Walkers and anglers travel to indulge in the local history, scenery and the indigenous flora and fauna. Bank house bar is a must visit in the summer months for food and drink.
Garnish Island - (15-minute drive)
Garnish Island is located in the sheltered harbor of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay, in Southwest Ireland. Garnish is world renowned for its gardens which are laid out in beautiful walks and it has some stunning specimen plants which are rare in this climate.
Dursey Island - (45-minute drive)
is Ireland’s only cable car bringing you across the waters of the sound to the weather torn landscape of Dursey Island.
Bantry House and Garden - (5minute Walk) Bantry House is a stately home overlooking Bantry Bay in the south west of Ireland. Garden and Tearoom open daily 10am-5pm. Garden tickets can be bought at the Tearoom. We offer accommodation in the East Wing. Unique venue for weddings and events.
Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve- (15-minute drive)
Glengarriff is a picturesque village with a unique micro climate. Garnish Island with its tended gardens and subtropical vegetation is a must visit. (15 min drive). Glengarriff woods is a natural nature reserve in the heart of the Glengarriff. The reserve has many different routes and picnic tables to make for a family day out.
For more information visit www.glengarriffnaturereserve.ie
Bantry Fair Day Market - Fridays only) (2-minute walk)
A treasure trove of stalls offering everything from organic fruit & veg, food, home baking, cheese, fish, meats, olives, eggs, honey, preserves, plants, local crafts, pet supplies, bric-á-brac to collectibles. Bantry Market is the largest market in Cork County and it occupies the central town square, spilling out into the adjoining roads and car parks.
Mizen Head- (40-minute drive)
Irelands most southerly point is a must visit. Take in the breathtaking scenery of Irelands rugged cliffs and wild waters
Gougane Barra- Gougane Barra is such a spiritual and picturesque place that it should be visited in all seasons to appreciate it in all its grandeur. The mountain lake is equally as interesting on a summer’s day when the water sparkles as when the entire lake is shrouded in mist. The Gougane Barra Forest Park will suit all capabilities with several well marked hiking trails as well as a drive-through loop. For more information visit www.gouganebarra.com
Beara Way Drive- If you’re looking for things to do in West Cork when it’s raining, hop in the car and head off on the Ring of Beara Drive.
This route around the beautiful Beara Peninsula stretches 137km and takes around 2 hours to drive in total.
However, the beauty of the Beara Peninsula is that there tends to be something to discover down many of the little side roads, so allow plenty of time for discovering hidden gems.
Glengarriff Bamboo Park - The Bamboo Park is a very unusual and wonderful place to visit. It is just a short drive from The Maritime Hotel, located in Glengarriff. The little romantic pathways take you past mini-bamboo plantations to exotic gardens. The pathways wind their way down from the entrance at the main road right down to the shoreline where there are many beautiful spots to stop and admire the view of Glengarriff Harbour. For more information visit www.bamboo-park.com
• Golf Courses
Bantry Golf Course
Bantry Bay Golf Club's 18-hole, championship, cliff top, parkland course, towers above the head of Bantry Bay in the far west of County Cork. Fourteen holes immediately overlook the shore where the warm Gulf Stream first touches land on this side of the Atlantic. There are splendid panoramic views across the sea and islands to the Beara Mountains, Sheep’s Head and Mizen Head peninsulas.
Glengarriff Golf Course
Located along the Wild Atlantic Way in beautiful West Cork, Glengarriff Golf Course offers striking views of Glengarriff Harbour and surrounding mountains. This 9-hole golf course is open to visitors all year round and is a true test of golf for all standards.
Skibbereen Golf Course
Located 3km from Skibbereen town, on the Wild Atlantic Way, our 18-hole, 5,967 yard course affords magnificent views and challenging golf.
You can Download Ireland's Scenic Drives of the South West on the Wild Atlantic Way Guide HERE