West Cork - A place apart

By Mary
Tuesday, 20th December 2016
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West Cork – a place apart

The Lonely Planet Guide recently declared that everything you could want from Ireland can be found in Cork. If so then West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way is a place apart with its colourful towns, stunning coast, castles, gourmet restaurants, lively pubs and most of all its friendly people!

Consider a private tour of Cork and Ireland with your own chauffeur guide.

West Cork is both the southernmost and most south westerly point in Ireland. It was in this area that Star Wars filmed last summer no doubt charmed by the areas scenic views. Take a leisurely tour through towns such as Ballydehob, Schull and Bantry with their handpainted pub fronts, cute houses and sea and mountain backdrops.There is a wealth of stunning scenery to be explored such as Inchydoney beach, Barleycove beach, Garnish and Sherkin Island, the gorgeous Healy Pass and the amazing setting of Mizen Head to name but a few!  At night enjoy the live music both tradtional and contemporary which can be heard in many pubs such as De Barras which host some top acts. 

Irelands largest county receives the warming influence of the Gulf stream which encourages a mix of native and more exotic plants and flowers. In summer the lanes and boreens are flush with bright red fuschias and hydrangeas  which contrast perfectly with the blue Atlantic ocean.This coast was once a haven for smuggling and pirates with its secret coves, beaches and inlets providing ample cover for their nocturnal activities.Gaelic lords such as the powerful O 'Driscolls and O 'Mahonys held sway here with their tower houses (castles) .These romantic 15th c ruins are still to be seen and hark back to a differnet age of rebellion and war.

Food lovers will be pleased to know that West Cork has more artisan food producers than any other part of Ireland such as Gubbeen cheese, Glenilen dairy, Union Hall fish amongst others who benefit from the rich sea and fertile land here. There are many great eateries all the way from bustling Clonakilty to the wild Beara peninsula. Deasys restaurant in the idylicc  fishing village of Ring, Clonakilty or the sea fronted location of Dunmore house hotel and restaurant are just two of the many fine examples where only the freshest locally sourced fish, dairy, meat and vegetables grace your plate. Check out Skibbereen town market a fine example of local producers in this historic town.

So for whatever you like be it fishing, sailing, sightseeing, dining, music or you just simply want to get away from it all then be sure to be seduced by this special part of Ireland.Better yet experience it as part of a customised chauffuer private tour.

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