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West Cork Water Sports

West Cork Water Sports

Whether you want to dip your toes or explore the deep blue seas, fish, sail, boat, swim there are plenty of ways to explore all the West Cork Water Sports on offer around Bantry.

Bantry Bay Boat Hire 

Fancy exploring the Beautiful Bantry Bay? Come and glide along the waters of the Wild Atlantic Way with Bantry Bay Boat Hire.  Here you can hire a self-drive power boat, no experience required.

Hiring your own powerboat is the perfect way to explore Bantry Bay along the Wild Atlantic Way and they even offer a guided tour which stops and enjoys lunch on Whiddy Island.  

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Bantry Bay Marina

Being just steps from Bantry Bay Marina you can stroll along the waterfront and admire all the boats that are residing in the bay.  Bantry Bay is also a stop for cruise liners and majestic naval ships so you may be lucky enough to see the impressive sight while staying with us. 

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West Cork Kayaking : The Bantry Blueway :

The launch of the Bantry Blue Way has added a wonderful dimension to what Bantry has to offer visitors and locals alike who are keen canoers or kayakers.  You can start your trip at The Abbey Slipway and can choose either the 2 hour trip (Blue Trail) or the longer Red Trail – 3hours/9km (for more experienced canoers/kayakers).

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Perhaps you are training for or wish to sign up for the annual Bantry Bay Adventure Race :

The 5k run on Whiddy Island is a wonderful start to the race, offering spectacular views out across the Beara and Sheep’s head peninsulas. From the island, you’ll be crossing back to Bantry by kayak in a real test of teamwork as well as strength and endurance.

From Bantry, you’ll be cycling out onto the stunning Sheep’s Head peninsula. As the cycle route skirts the bay, you’ll have amazing views back across Whiddy Island and Bantry town. Not that you’ll have time to look as you race down the country roads to Gearhies, doubling back towards Bantry for the final stretch of an invigorating contest.  Visit

Carbery Sailing

If you want to go sailing in West Cork, Carbery Sailing is a RYA Sail Training School based in the village of Ahakista on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula. They have direct access to Dunmanus Bay for half day skippered charter sails. Roaringwater Bay and Bantry Bay are within easy reach for the day skippered charter sails. For more information visit 

Whale Watch West Cork

Depending on the time of year, seals, dolphins, harbour porpoises, puffins, guillemots and both baby minke whales & baby dolphins grace our waters. The season typically runs from April to May and June to November. Top zoologist, Nic Slocaum, an avid marine conservationist, has been watching whales & dolphins from boats for the past 25 years. Whale Watch West Cork trips leave from Baltimore. For more information visit

West Cork Sailing Centre

Escape to the crystal clear sheltered waters of Bantry Bay for intensive yacht master training, learn on a cruising course, charter a skippered yacht or paddle around the harbour in a kayak or canoe. West Cork Sailing & Power Boat Centre is based in Adrigole. For more information visit

Lagoon Activity Centre

A day out at the Lagoon Activity Centre is a fun day for all the family. You can rent paddle-boats, row-boats or kayaks by the hour and enjoy the wonderful surroundings in the lagoon in Rosscarbery. For more information visit

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