Some of the best beaches in West Cork are Inchadoney, Courtmacsherry, Warren Strand, Red strand, Long strand and are all close to Clonakilty.
Clonakilty Bike Hire (Rothar ar Cíos)
Explore Clonakilty and the area by bike from the community bike scheme where bikes can be rented from any of the local hotels or the Model Railway. The cost is €10 for a visitors card paid by credit card to join the scheme, first day free, second day 1st hour free with €1 per hour after that to a max of €30 for visitors. Bikes come with a helmet, Hi-Viz vest, map and bottle of water. There are 11 stations for drop off bikes as well as the hotels, so you can cycle to one of the 7 local beaches and pick up a bike for the way home! A lovely way to see the countryside.
Drombeg Stone Circle (Liagchiorcail an Drom Beog)
Drombeg Stone Circle, west of Roscarberry, is this intact Stone circle. It is made up of 17 Standing stones in a circle with 2 Portal stones in the direction of the sunset during the winter solstice. There is also a Fullach Fia – an ancient cooking site.
- Lisselan Garden is a Robinson designed Garden with a range of many unusual plants.
- Stepaside Garden in Ballinascarthy is a mature garden.
- See the Henry Ford Ancestral Site near Lisselan and sit on the Model T Ford Statue.
Micheal Collins Self Guided Tour (Slí Micheal o Coilleáin)
Visit Michel Collins Museum in his restored Georgian home at 7 Emmet Square, Clonakilty, which contains many artefacts from his life. He was born near Clonakilty in 1890 and the old homestead can be seen, but get directions as its up a lane off the main road. Then drive to Dunmanway and Beal na Blath where Collins was shot, a drive of about 2 hours round trip from Clonakilty.
McCarthys Maze (Lúbra Muintir MacCarthaigh)
Lose yourself in McCarthy’s Maze trail near Kilbrittain (from Mid July until the Maze is cut) it has mazes for all ages and abilities. Go see the Kilbrittan Whale skeleton afterwards.
Model Railway Village (Sráidbhaile Míonsamhail)
A lovely place to take children to see the model village, model trains and feel like a giant.
Clonakilty Historical Walks are on Wednesday evenings in July & August at 7pm starting from the Michael Collins Statue on Emmet Square. No pre-booking required
Take a Walk (Tóg Siúlóid)
- Get the route maps in most local shops for the Seven Heads Peninsula.
- Take a lagoon walk in Rosscarbery – across the bridge and around the sea inlet along the road – great for buggies.
- In Castlefreak Woods there is a gothic ruin of a castle with marked trails and loop walks.
Traditional Music is played in the pubs of Clonakilty every night – check the notice board in O’Donovans Hotel.
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