4 Star Family Friendly Hotel Near West Cork
West Cork has been described as “A Place Apart” and when you look at what this area has to offer, there is little doubt left as to why.
Famed for its rugged beauty, food and craft, West Cork is a must visit place. Starting in Kinsale, West Cork is an area that runs as far west as, The Mizen Head, Dursey Island and the Beara Peninsula. There are many beautiful towns and villages throughout the region including Kinsale, Clonakilty, Glandore, Skibbereen, Bantry, Schull and Glengarriff. Each town and village has a unique and individual personality that truly sets each one apart. The people are friendly and the food amazing.
There is loads to do when you visit West Cork, here are five things we would recommend you to do any any visit to West Cork.
Drive one of West Cork’s many scenic driving routes
The area is also known for its well-known driving routes including The Wild Atlantic Way, The Sheep’s Head Drive, Healy’s Pass and The West Cork Coastal Route, which are the perfect way to explore the region.
Visit a Farmer’s market
Farmer’s markets that take place on a weekly bases in many of the towns and villages in West Cork. These allow you to meet with people behind the produce and the products that have made West Cork a food lover’s paradise.
Go to the Beach
The coastal area of West Cork has some many beautiful Blue Flag beaches that are perfect for leisurely stroll and a brave dip. Garretstown, Inchydoney and Barleycove all come highly recommended. There are also many other beaches along the many rugged coast which has many bays, coves, inlets and harbours.
Go Island Hopping
West Cork is home to Carbery’s 100 isles, this is a collection of 100 islands in Roaring Water Bay. The most well-known of these islands are Cape Clear and Sherkin Island. Sherkin Island is known as the most accessible island in Ireland while Cape Clear is a Gaeltacht region within West Cork. Both can be reached by ferry from Baltimore or Schull. Other islands that are worth a visit is Whiddy Island in Bantry Bay or the tropical flower heaven of Garnish Island off Glengarriff. Why not take the cable car out to Dursey Island?
Explore West Cork’s Food and Drink
Towns like Skibbereen, Clonakilty and Kinsale are a haven for artists and artisans with many independent galleries, craft shops and beautiful food and drink made in these areas. There are many fabulous restaurants and cafes where you can indulge in the amazing food of the region. In recent year’s independent distilleries and breweries have been opening up in West Cork, make sure to try out some of the area’s well-known brands including West Cork Distillers, West Cork Brewing Company, Kinsale Gin and Clonakilty Distillery.
For the Children
West Cork is not only the perfect place to spend time as a couple but also with the family, there is plenty to do which the whole family will enjoy.
From exploring West Cork on a miniature scale at West Cork Model Village in Clonakilty, to learning about mining in Allihies Copper Mine museum and trying your skill at a round of crazy golf in Smuggler’s Cove in Rosscarbery.
WHY YOU SHOULD STAY AT CORK INTERNATIONAL HOTEL
After a day out in West Cork, guests can toast to a successful trip and sample some West Cork produce with a delicious meal at The New Yorker Bar, where you can sample delicious dishes created by our Executive Head Chef, Martin O’Mahony, who has included the best of local and seasonal produce in our Menu. Save money by eating between 5pm -7pm from our Early Bird menu. Children can enjoy a complimentary evening movie in our Cinema Room every evening, or spend some time in our children’s playroom.
We are perfectly located near to main transport links, for easy access to West Cork, we’re just 20 minutes drive from Kinsale the gateway to West Cork.