Clonakilty is a multi-award winning, innovative & dynamic seaside town set in the heart of West Cork. Famous for its community spirit, Blue Flag Beaches, award winning food producers & restaurants as well as an internationally renowned music scene. Clonakilty has every necessary ingredients to make your stay here one you will often recount... but never forget!
10 THINGS TO DO IN CLONAKILTY
- Galley Head Lighthouse Drive via Inchydoney and onto Glandore. A short tour jam packed with beautiful sights and scenery with the Galley Head as a highlight.
- Drombeg Stone Circle One of the finest stone Circles constructed in Ireland and located in a valley leading down to the sea. You can really feel the ancient energy here in this spot and on most days may be lucky enough to have it to yourself
- Mizen Head Lighthouse The hour long scenic coastal journey is well worth it to see this spectacular landmark.
- Nightly Music Sessions Take in one of the many nightly music sessions in Clonakilty ranging from local trad bands to nationally renowned stars.
- West Cork Food West Cork is fast becoming the food capital of Ireland due to its many artisan producers with a commitment to fresh and local.
- Michael Collins tour Discover Michael Collins by visiting his birthplace at Woodfield, memorial statue at Emmet Square, Béal na Bláth and a wealth of Michael Collins memorabilia at the Clonakilty Museum and Michael Collins Heritage Centre.
- The coast West Cork is dotted with hundreds of beaches where you can enjoy a walk, surfing or simply relaxing. Nearby Inchydoney is a real highlight.
- Towns and villages of West Cork There is a multitude of picturesque towns and villages around West Cork for you to explore ranging from Timoleague with its abbey, Baltimore by the sea or Bantry and its bay.
- Clonakilty itself a regular winner in competitions due to its beauty, Clonakilty is definitely worth a visit. There is a wide range of boutique shops to visit and while looking at the beautiful buildings try and spot the 32 individually hand painted life size tigers, elephants and more.
- Boat trip From Baltimore you can catch a boat to the remote Fastnet lighthouse, a ferry to one exoerience life on one of the islands or witness the best in Ireland whale and dolphin trips.
Sample Itinerary for a two night stay
Arrive at 5 o'clock: Check into one of our comfortable bedrooms and go for a nice walk in our gardens. Find a nice quiet spot to relax and unwind after your drive.
7:00: Have you Dinner in Fernhill or visit one of the excellent restaurants around Clonakilty.
9:00: Take in one of the nightly music sessions at one of the traditional bars in Clonakilty.
Enjoy an early breakfast including some of the fresh baked breads and croissants from Fernhill and local produce like smoked salmon or, of course, Clonakilty Black and White Pudding.
11.00: Park the car in the car park located by the stunning Catholic Church and explore Clonakilty on foot. Clonakilty has won countless awards through the years and is awash with history so it has a lot to offer. Boutique shops afford the opportunity to buy some souvenirs.
12.30: Drive to Inchydoney and clear your head by walking the beach. Then take the coastal road onto the picturesque Galley Head Lighthouse. The road will then take you onto Rosscarbery with its large bay and families of swans. A turn to the left just before you leave will bring you towards Glandore. Just before arriving in Glandore visit Irelands best preserved stone circle which is on your left called Drombeg stone circle. Have a lovely lunch overlooking Glandore harbour before joining the main road at Leap.
3:30: Take the coastal road via Skibbereen onto the Mizen Head lighthouse which offers amazing views jutting out into the Atlantic
8:00: Arrive back at the hotel and enjoy a meal at the hotel featuring the finest in local produce.
9:00 onwards: Our gardens light up at night so a romantic stroll among the lit up fountains and fairylights is a must. Afterwards relax in the hotel bar and plan for your next trip to West Cork.
Other activities include:
Immerse yourself in the history of Michael Collins by visiting his birthplace Woodfield, the site of the ambush at Béal na Bláth or the excellent Michael Collins Heritage centre.
Take a boat trip to the islands off of Baltimore or enjoy the best in Ireland Whale and Dolphin Watching.
Get some exercise on one of the many walks in the Clonakilty region.
Spend a day relaxing in the gardens or reading by our fire place while spoiling yourself with afternoon tea and your favourite book.