West Cork Activities and Events. A great base for the Wild Atlantic Way – Southern Peninsula section

West Cork is renowned for being an ideal location for sailing, cycling, reputable cookery courses and popular pottery workshops. West Cork is also well known for its great food and wonderful markets where they sell local produce. And don’t forget the many unforgettable music festivals!

The Wild Atlantic Way

Wild Atlantic Way Coastal Walking Holiday Accommodation

The Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest defined coastal touring route. It’s inspiring, renewing, relaxing and invigorating. It’s yours to experience however you choose.

We are ideally suited for accommodation while exploring, cycling or walking the coastal route of the Wild Atlantic Way. Refer to this great website (and App) – www.wildatlanticway.com. With this link you can shortcut direct to the Mizen Head area of the Way. We are near Dunmanus.


West Cork Activities include:

  • Walking for all abilities, rural walks and coastal walks are close by. Read more about the very special coastal walking route the Wild Atlantic Way below.

  • Exclusive wild or stocked fly fishing;  shore or deep sea fishing.  A choice of escorted trips or reservations can be arranged

  • Golf โ€“ an 18 hole golf course is located 25 minutes drive away in Bantry and 40 minutes drive away in Glengarriff

  • Cycling โ€“ guided tours of West Cork or self led with bikes delivered to your door.

  • Horse riding

  • Ferry trips to nearby islands

  • Whale & Dolphin watching. www.whalewatchwestcork.com

  • Cookery and pottery courses

  • Boutique shops in Schull

  • Stone Carving – with local stonemason Victor Daly

There are are islands where one can take ferries to, please contact us for more information.

Explore beautiful West Cork by bicycle, for bike hire and guided tours, please click here

Festivals and Markets

In addition, there are many markets โ€“ for gourmet foods, handicrafts and brick a brac.
West Cork is renowned for staging film and music festivals as well as a number of other events throughout the summer including story telling on Cape Clear Island.

We are around 20 minutes from Bantry, home of some of the highlights of the music and literary festival scene during the summer in South West Ireland. Combine your stay in our lovely secluded self catering cottage or our compact but cute Garden Chalet and visit the West Cork Music Festivals.

Combining three music and literary festivals spread over the summer months, you can learn more at the festival website.

One such music festival focusing on maritime and Irish folk music takes place in June in the nearby village of Ballydehob https://www.ballydehobtradfest.com/. The Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival is a fine international music festival. Rock Cottage is an easy 25 minute drive from Ballydehob.

Local Markets

Fridays – Bantry
Saturdays – Skibbereen
Sundays – Schull (high season only)


We would recommend Rock Cottage to anyone.
Jacqueline and Jonathan couldn’t have been better hosts. Open, friendly and very welcoming; unobtrusive but available if needed. The cottage is lovely with everything you could possibly need. Within easy distance of Mizen Head for spectacular crashing waves, beautiful Barley Cove beach, villages, gorgeous scenery and everything you could want for a totally relaxing and interesting holiday including gardens, kayaking and whale / dolphin watching. We had a wonderful time, thank you. Best wishes. Anne and Cori.
From London, United Kingdom ยท September 2016

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