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Top things to do in Clonakilty

10 things to do in Clonakilty

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 ingredient 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 is fast becoming the food capital of Ireland due to its many artisan producers with a commitment to fresh and local. There are many local farmer's markets to spend a morning at and sample West Cork's finest produce.

Michael Collins Tour. Discover Michael Collins by visiting his birthplace at Woodfield, memorial statue at Emmet Square, Beal na Blath and a wealth of Michael Collins memorabilia at the Clonakilty Museum and Michael Collins Heritage Centre.

The coast of West Cork is dotted with hundreds of beaches where you can enjoy a walk, surfing or simply relaxing. Nearby Inchydoney is a real highlight. 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 bay.

Clonakilty itself is a regular winner in competitions due to its beauty, and is definitely worth a visit. There is a wide range of boutique shops to visit. While looking at the beautiful buildings try and spot the 32 individually hand painted life size tigers, elephants and more.

Take a boat trip from Baltimore to the remote Fastnet Lighthouse, experience life on one of the local islands or witness the best in Ireland whale and dolphin trips.

Castlefreke is a collection of small woodlands & walkways near the pretty village of Rathbarry. Castlefreke castle can be seen from the woodland's main car park entrance.

Take a leisurely stroll through our very own Fernhill Gardens. Explore our orchard, visit our wildflower garden and see it light up at night creating a magical scene not to be missed.

For more information on places to visit, business numbers, and more please ask at reception.


We loved the gardens. We had dinner in the restaurant one evening and it was delicious, a real taste of West Cork. We had a fabulous time. Will return again.


Gorgeous hotel, very comfy beds, staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly. Beautiful gardens and delicious food. Only a few minutes from the town centre. Will happily stay here again.


The staff were friendly and efficient. There was a lovely atmosphere in the hotel, the gardens are a joy. We really enjoyed our stay will definitely return x


Everything about the place was amazing. My only problem was that my stay was one night. I will be back for a longer stay next time. I would give them a 10/10 rating. Excellent


The hotel's staff were very welcoming. Fabulous location overlooking Clonakilty from the west. The rooms were beautifully decorated and very relaxing. The food was delicious and everything homemade. A great hotel to chill-out in.