Perfect Days Out
Clonakilty and Inchydoney
Clonakilty is ideally situated in The Beach Centre of West Cork to explore far and wide. However, don’t forget to explore Clonakilty itself. The town itself has many
coffee shops and restaurants. No one goes hungry here! There is a Historical Walk of Clonakilty town that points out all the places of interest. Of course we take particular pride in Michael Collins, Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa and our earlier hero Tadgh An Asna.
There are plaques on various buildings around the town to commemorate all who
lived amongst us at one point or another. On a historical tour of Clon make sure and call to Debarras folkclub to see our very own Rock n’ Roll museum.
If a historical walk of Clonakilty seems boring to someone in your group don’t forget it can be coupled with Jungle City! Clonakilty is home to 30 life-sized, brightly-painted jungle animals. Children are invited to follow the safari trail around every nook and cranny of our pretty sea side town and learn about jungle animals. We, the people of Clonakilty have been helping to save endangered wildlife with Elephant Family. It is a great endeavour and we love to be part of it. Experience the colour and the fun and the very important awareness that this project creates. Can you find all the animals in our Jungle city???
Clonakilty Museum is housed in The Old Methodist School on the Western Road,
The Museum covers the political, social and folk-life aspects of the area. There is a dedicated exhibition to Michael Collins and that period of Irish History.Suitable for children (accompanied by adults) Cost: €1 for adults with accompanied children free. Clonakilty Heritage Group also host a series of lectures and events all throughout the year. Check out their schedule and see what interests you.
Recently our famine cross was returned to Clonakilty. There is a lovely story behind
its return. It is a kind ending to a sad history and we are delighted to have it back. It is housed in the Church of The Immaculate Conception.
Clonakilty Library is housed in an Old Mill on Kent Street. The building itself is an
architectural beauty built over the river but it has also been welcoming children and adults alike to free story telling sessions for years. Call in and see if there is any exhibit going on or to read a booker prize-winner or a nursery rhyme. Clonakilty is home to a number of authors and many many storytellers!!!. You’d never know who you might meet in the library.
Shopping in Clonakilty is worth it! We are lucky to have many independently-owned shops that are unique and quirky. You might find an unknown antique in one of the Bric-a-Brac bazaars or get the outfit you have been searching for (or can justify!) in one of our designer boutiques. And there is everything in between. We have a music shop, and ice-cream shop, a costume shop, a pocket money shop, a chocolate factory, a black pudding shop, a jewellery shop, a toy shop, a surf shop, a shoe shop and even the best ever 99 shop! We have everything you could want to fill a day with wonder.
Clonakilty has a beautiful safe playground open ‘til dark on the bypass road. And
that’s not all. This year we have included an outdoor gym! Loads of gym equipment surrounds the playground. There are plenty of parking spaces and picnic tables. Grab a coffee (or an energy drink) and off you go. Enjoy an adventure or a workout at the Playground! Free fun and good for you!
Clonakilty has a cinema and a public swimming pool. We also have our Choo Choo which you can catch at The Model Railway Village. Step back in time and see life as it was in the 1940’s. See the old West Cork railway line portrayed in miniature serving the towns in days of yore and depicting busy market days This is a joyful experience for young and old alike. Enjoy the view of Clonakilty bay or take a magical tour of the town aboard the Choo Choo road train.
Inchydoney beach is a delight. There isn’t one of us here who doesn’t love to head to ‘the island’ in any season and relive pure joy. Inchydoney is one of Ireland’s Blue Flag beaches and, even though we know we are biased, it’s the best (Ask Tripadvisor!)
The Inchydoney locals have fundraised for years to provide an Inshore Lifeboat service and there are also County Council Lifeguards on duty in the summer months. Swim, surf, bodyboard, picnic, walk, breathe and take it all in! There is unbridled fun to be had in the dunes. Chase the rabbits and try and find yourself a Virgin Mary Shell! Legend has it they only wash up on Inchydoney. They are delicate and meringue like and even f the apparition is only a legend many a day has been spent looking for and finding these shells. There is also a beautiful walk around the island when the tide is fully out. Please stay between the flags and observe the lifeguard’s instructions. Stay safe at the beach. There is a gorgeous hotel and of course picnic tables. There is no rubbish facility so take yours home. Take nothing but photos (and some shells) leave nothing but footprints. We know you will love it just as much as we do! Spend a whole day filled with sandy toes and salty kisses.