Why don”t you try some of our other local attractions while you are out and about touring, you can see some snapshots on our photo gallery page as well!
We are perfectly placed for a tour of the southern part of the wild atlantic way .
Bantry House & Gardens and the attached Armada Centre give you a fantastic insight into local history and provide some spectacular views of the Bay and Whiddy Island especially from the top of the ”100 steps”, they also make a fine cup of tea!
Located in the shelter of Glengarriff Harbour in Bantry Bay and warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream, this island and its unique gardens enjoys a climate that is almost sub-tropical, making it possible for beautiful ornamental plants from many parts of the world to flourish. The island is a gardening gem, set in the clear, clean waters of the bay is known to horticulturists all over the world and was featured recently in BBC Television’s ‘The Flying Gardener’ series!
You will need to catch a ferry over to the Island and we recommend the Blue Pool Ferry who offer a safe and friendly service, they”ll even show you Seal Island on the way.
Take a packed lunch and your camera it is the most tranquil place with beautiful views, shelters and look outs!
If golf is your thing or even if you fancy trying it for the first time you won”t be disappointed!
The 170 acre Bantry Bay Golf Club is a Christy O’Connor Junior and Eddie Hackett designed USGA standard course, located , a short drive outside Bantry town.
Bantry Bay GC features… an 18 hole Championship golf course, which is open year round. It is situated in a very scenic setting with 14 holes overlooking the bay. There are lovely sea views to the Islands and the Beara mountains.
The Good Things Café & Cookery School – Durrus
The Good Things Café & Cookery School is located by the water in the beautiful village of Durrus, Co Cork and about a 15minute drive from Bantry. Award wining Chef Carmel Somers uses only the finest fresh, local, seasonal and where available organic ingredients. This coupled with small groups and a friendly atmosphere make a wonderful experience!
Visit The Good Things Cafe for details of all courses available.
AtlanticShore is Bantry Bay’s starting point to three of Ireland”s most beautiful pennisula”s:
MIZEN HEAD PENINSULA:- Overall 75 miles
Bantry / Ballydehob / Schull / Goleen / Durrus / Bantry
SHEEPS HEAD PENINSULA:- Overall 35 miles
Bantry / Durrus / Ahakista / Kilcrohane / Gerahies / Bantry
BEARA PENINSULA:- Overall 110 miles
Bantry / Ballylickey / Glengarriff / Adrigole / Castletown Berehaven / Eyeries / Allihies / Lauragh / Healys Pass / Bantry.
MIZEN HEAD PENINSULA. Full day tour. Outstanding scenery at Ballydehob, a small village with hand crafted goods for sale in shops. On to Schull, which is a beautiful seaside village with some good restaurants & nice pubs. Within 30 minutes drive, you pass Goleen, and beyond you will find beautiful sandy beaches at Crookshaven & Barley Cove. This brings you to Mizen Head which is lands end & the most southerly point of Ireland. On your way back you will arrive in colourful Durrus with pubs galore. The return to Bantry takes 15 minutes, and the last 7 miles of your tour, with some lovely rural views.
SHEEPS HEAD PENINSULA. A half-day tour. After passing through the village of Durrus, you fork right on a scenic coastal road adjacent to Dunmanus Bay, continuing on through Ahakista to Kilcrohane. At Kilcrohane you may like to continue to Sheeps Head before turning right, which will take you to the summit of the peninsula with magnificent views Dunmanus Bay & Bantry Bay. The ‘Goats path’ road on the return promises spectacular views of Bantry Bay.
BEARA PENINSULA. Full day tour. First point is Glengarriff, which is 10 miles from Bantry & departure point for a boat trip to beautiful Garnish Island. Upon your return, you bear left for a coastal drive through Adrigole, & Castletownbere, to Dursey Head. Return on the north shore to Allihies, with its lovely sandy beach, then on to Eyeries & Lauragh. Turn right at Lauragh & go over the ‘Healy pass’. Turn left at Adrigole and you will come back to Bantry through Glengarriff.
TRULY AMAZING SCENERY & INTERESTING FEATURES FROM START TO FINISH, Highly Recommended!