Fernhill House Hotel

The Ultimate West Cork Bucket List

The Ultimate West Cork Bucket List

A Country House Inspired by Nature 

Below are a list of activities, hidden gems and some of the most stunning places West Cork has to offer compiling the Ultimate West Cork Bucket List. We encourage you to take a look through this list, which has been carefully put together to highlight the wonderful destination that West Cork is, and all of the sights and adventures that are yet to be explored. 

Yoga - €65 1-2-1 private class

Bairbre Crowley is a yoga teacher & acupuncturist, & has been teaching yoga for the past 10 years in Dublin, Peru and now in Clonakilty. Originally trained in the Ivengar method she has since trained in yin, restorative, yoga therapy & breath work. Her classes are a combination of her life through herbal medicine, shamanic studies in Ireland & Shipibo healers in the Amazon in Peru. Bairbre is available for private 1-2-1 sessions & group classes. She teaches in Fernhill gardens on Saturday mornings & Tuesday evenings. Classes are €12. For more information: 087 6410414

On the Water

Atlantic Sea Kayaking - 3 hours - €60
Day time sea kayaking available in numerous West Cork locations. Experience the Wild Atlantic Way from a different vantage point. Click HERE to book.

Moonlight Kayaking - 3 hours - €75
See the magical bio-luminescence in one of two stunning West Cork locations along the Wild Atlantic Way. This trip provides the unique experience on the water from dusk until darkness. Click HERE to book. 

Surf School - 1.5 hours - €41
Learn to surf at Ireland's top rated beach, Clonakilty's Inchydoney beach. Private lessons are available. Click HERE to book.

Atlantic Whale and Wildlife Tours - 4 hours - €60 per person
Experience whale and dolphin watching tours in West Cork. See humpback whales, fin whales, dolphins and sharks from experiences skippered boats. Click HERE to book.

Island Hopping
Discover West Cork's beautiful Cape Clear, or Sherkin Islands. Boat rides available from Baltimore, Schull and Glengarriff. A highly recommended day trip.

Lagoon Activity Centre & Water Park -30 - 45 minutes - €9 - €18
From pedal boats to canoes, kayaks to stand up paddle boards and a waterpark on the lagoon, Rosscarbery is only a 15 minute drive from the hotel. Click HERE to book.

On the Land

West Cork Garden Trail
A fabulous collection of 27 West Cork Gardens of which Fernhill is one for you to wander and enjoy. Click HERE for information on the other gardens to visit.

Clonakilty Distillery - 2 hours - €49
Take a whiskey tour or learn to make Minke Gin at our local Gin school. Every Saturday from 6pm - 8pm. Click HERE to book.

Smuggler's Cove - For all the family
Summer Tubing Park, Crazy Golf, Corn Maze, Smugglers Maze, and the Golf Range! Tickets available at the park. Click HERE for more information.


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.