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Things to Do

Looking for things to do in Bantry? Exploring Bantry and West Cork has lots to offer everyone from individuals, to couples and families

Things to Do

Bantry and it’s surrounding area offers plenty of choice for things to do during your West Cork holiday. Whether you enjoy golfing, walking, hiking or water sports, there is plenty to offer everyone.

We have detailed a few ideas below to help you plan some things to do in Bantry and West Cork.


West Cork Walking Trails

You will be spoiled for choice for interesting and stunning West Cork Walking Trails during your stay in Bantry. Bantry also hosts the Bantry Walking Festival annually in June. Visit Bantry Walking Festival for further information.

You can pick up detailed walking trail maps from the local tourist office or visit the Visit Bantry website for further information.


West Cork Festivals

Year round, West Cork is a hive of activity when it comes to festivals and events. We are so lucky that here in Bantry we are host to several of the more prominent festivals. These include the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, West Cork Literary Festival, Masters of Tradition, Chief O’Neill Festival etc. There are plenty of annual events such as St. Patrick’s Day Parade, August Bank Holiday BBQ Festival, Bantry Agricultural Show, A Taste of West Cork Food Festival and many more.

You can find lots of information on the West Cork Music website, read our blog on West Cork Festivals or check out Visit Bantry for a full list of events and festivals throughout the year. There’s always something to do in West Cork!


West Cork Water Sports

With Bantry Bay right on our doorstep, it’s not hard to believe that Bantry offers a wide variety of water activities. Why not take a boat trip to Whiddy Island or Garnish Island for the day? Or maybe hire a kayak, SUP or powerboat with Bantry Bay Boat Hire? We have detailed lots of more fun water activities in a recent blog post, click here to read all about it.


West Cork Beaches

We are lucky to have so many beautiful beaches in West Cork. Bantry beach is only a short stroll away from our holiday home and while it may be a shingle beach for most of the year, it boasts a spectacular walking trail that takes you right to the end of the beach – also ideal for kids to run safely.

Swimmers can also be found at The Abbey beach (near the graveyard), or jumping off the piers at Snave beach, which is past Ballylickey or Zetland Pier, just past Glengarriff. You could make a day of it and head for nearby Ballyrisode beach, Crookhaven beach or Barleycove beach.

We have listed a few more West Cork beaches in our recent blog post, click here to read more.


Golfing in West Cork

Overlooking Bantry Bay is where course architects Eddie Hackett and Christy O’Connor Jnr. took 170 acres of picturesquely stunning coastal scenery and created the jewel that is Bantry Bay Golf Club. This fabulous golf course is certain to provide one of the most memorable rounds of golf you will ever experience.

The Golf Course has 14 holes immediately overlooking Bantry Bay. It is where the warm waters of the Gulf Stream first touches land on this side of the Atlantic. Out of the 50+ Golf Courses in Cork, Bantry Bay is always voted in the Top 4, which is not hard to understand when you visit. The large modern clubhouse offers unparalleled views over the broad sweep of Bantry Bay from the clubhouse balcony.

Visit Bantry Bay Golf Club for more information about one of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in Ireland. You could also visit nearby Glengarriff Golf Club or West Carbery Golf Club. Furtherafield you will find Kenmare Golf Club or Kinsale Golf Club, both approx an hour from Bantry and which also offer fantastic golfing.

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