Perfect Days Out
Rosscarbery and Skibbereen
An exploration further west of Clonakilty will involve some breathtaking Wild Atlantic Way scenery. Without travelling too far at all, exploring the peninsulas and villages close enough to home is worthwhile. Head west on the N71. One of the first places you will reach is Rosscarbery.
Rosscarbery has a cathedral in the town, an unusual feature for what now would be considered a sleepy country town. St Fachtna’s, Church of Ireland cathedral is the smallest cathedral in Ireland. It is the size of a typical parish church.
The scenery is dramatic as you enter Rosscarbery with a causeway cutting through the water. Beside The Celtic Ross Hotel down on the waterfront are paddle boats and an activity area. There is also pitch and putt available and a maze trail and adventure centre. At the Clonakilty end of the causeway there is a sign that will take you to The Warren Beach, another one of our Blue Flag beaches. There is a lovely Cliff walk from the Warren over to the neighbouring beach.
The area has been occupied from very early times, as is evidenced by the Neolithic
remains (pre 2000 BC) such as Portal Dolmens. There are a number of Stone Circles, including Drombeg which will take your breath away. Look out for the signposts as you leave Rosscarbery for Glandore to get to Drombeg. Visit for Free and check out the interpretative boards at the site. There is parking available.
Continue on from Drombeg to Glandore. A beautiful town that neighbours the fishing village of Union Hall. From Mystical Drombeg its time for magical Rineen woods. Filled with Fairy houses the walk in the woods is worth a small detour. See the fairy houses and enjoy the scenery. Continue into Leap and onto Skibbereen.
Skibbereen is home to The Heritage Centre which houses the Great Famine Commemoration Exhibition which commemorates the tragic period in the 1840s that is known in Irish History as the Great Hunger. Skibbereen was one of the worst affected areas, and the events of the era are depicted using local characters and events.
The Lough Hyne Visitor Centre explains the unique nature of this salt water marine
lake, Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve. Lough Hyne can be reached by following the signs to Baltimore. There is an abundance of watersports and walks around Lough Hyne. Join Atlantic Sea Kayaking or climb the hill to get an aerial view of the Lake.
Skibbereen itself is not on a beach but take off out of town a few miles and adventure awaits.
Next stop Baltimore! Sacked by Algerian pirates and home to a castle and a beacon, the village of Baltimore is beautiful and bustling. From here you can catch the Ferry to Cape Clear or Sherkin island. Trips to the West Cork Islands are always a highlight. You can see a variety of sea creatures as you head out on the open sea. There’s always an adventure in store. Heading to the islands is time consuming but very worth it and indeed a whole day can be spent enjoying island life. Alternatively you might want to stay on board and go Whale watching. There are a variety of tours available varying in cost and duration. Check with the Tourist Office for one that will suit you.