West Cork


An EDEN destination (awarded European Destination of Excellence) on The Wild Atlantic Way, is a vibrant and lively award winning town, innovative and achieving many firsts like Fairtrade Town, EDEN destination, Cittaslow and Ireland first community funded public bike rental scheme.

Birthplace to Michael Collins is only 4km from Clonakilty and the home he spent part of his childhood at in Emmet Square is now a heritage centre dedicated to his life.

Perched on Clonakilty Bay, Clonakilty is perfect for touring West Cork and The Wild Atlantic Way. We are only 5km from the famous Inchydoney Beach recently awarded the top spot on Irelands top 10 Beach list by Trip Advisor and further along the coast is Red Strand, Long Strand, Owenahincha Beach and the Warren Beach. Visit the ports of Union Hall, Glandore and drop into the ancient druids Drombeg Stone Circle. For the adventurous guests, try Wind Surfing, surfing, whale watching, bird watching, sea kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, pitch & putt, golf, crazy golf and much more.

Or simply relax, enjoy some of the freshest artisan foods of West Cork and sip a pint or two in any of Clonakilty famous music pubs. 

Wild Atlantic Way

Out at the very edge of Europe, the Wild Atlantic Way stretches for 2,500km (1,500 miles) along Ireland's West coast. It is the longest defined coastal drive in the world.

The Wild Atlantic Way begins & ends in West Cork. Stunning scenery, unspoilt landscape, ancient sites, heritage centres and friendly people all make West Cork an essential part of your Wild Atlantic Way journey. 

Staying in Clonakilty is very popular for many people embarking on the amazing Wild Atlantic Way journey, as we are in the heart of West Cork. Clonakilty can be used as a base to discover many beautiful towns & villages nearby.