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Things to do in West Cork...

Carrigaline Court Hotel….Situated on the Gateway to West Cork…

A trip to Cork is not complete unless you visit West Cork! West Cork is one of the most scenic regions in Ireland, from Mizen Head to Cape Clear, it’s no wonder that West Cork is called ‘A Place Apart’. Are you looking for things to do in West Cork or even family hotels in West Cork? Look no further, as we have compiled a things to do list, perfect for family breaks. Carrigaline Court Hotel is situated at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way, pack the bags and explore West Cork for the day before coming back to unwind and relax in our bright, airy and classically styled bedrooms.

When it comes to family hotels near West Cork, look no further than the Carrigaline Court Hotel. Ideally situated for exploring the nearby West Cork region, Book direct through our official website for our exclusive offers.


Smugglers Cove Hotels in West Cork

Ireland’s first Summer Tubing Park at Smugglers Cove is Fast, Wild and Plenty of Fun over 4 tracks varying in length from 50 to 100 meters.

Ideal for family breaks, the Tubing Park is like a snow-free ski run where people sit into our bright coloured tubes and enjoy a unique ride downhill overlooking beautiful Rosscarbery in West Cork. The tracks all offer a different experience that will make people laugh and scream out loud as they get the thrill of a lifetime on our crazy slides.

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Lagoon Activity CentreLagoon Activity Centre

A place where you can relax, feel free and take in the breathtaking serenity and beauty of West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way.

Ideal for family breaks, at the Lagoon Activity Centre you will be able to rent a kayak, take the kids pedal boating, try your hand at stand up paddle boarding (SUP) or for the less adventurous, simply relax on our over water deck and pier.

They are situated on the in-land side of the N71, or as most people know it, the Clonakilty to Skibbereen road. When you are driving to Skibbereen from Clonakilty, if you look to your right you will see a white beach hut and the Lagoon where they operate from.

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Baltimore baltimore West Cork

The historic village of Baltimore and enchanting islands of Cape Clear, Sherkin and Heir lie near the very southern tip of Ireland, where the Wild Atlantic Way meets Carbery’s Hundred Isles and the beautiful coast of West Cork. Once the haunt of pirates, today this is a centre for all kinds of waterborne activity. On land too there is plenty to enjoy including a varied calendar of festivals and events, not to mention a wide choice of accommodation and some great places to eat and drink.

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Bere Island

 lies at the entrance to the magnificent Bantry Bay and guards the deep water harbour of Berehaven, in West Cork, in the southwest of Ireland.

They have a strong and vibrant community who continually strive to protect the island’s heritage, landscape and island way of life.

Despite its proximity to the mainland, Bere Island retains that distinct, easy charm of rural places distant from cities and crowds. It’s a quiet paradise, of a size that is manageable for walkers and cyclists. Bird watchers and plant lovers will delight at the many species to be found on land and at the water’s edge.

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Dursey Island Cable Car

Dursey Island is one of the few inhabited islands that lie off the southwest coast of Ireland. It is situated at the western tip of the Beara Peninsula in the west of County Cork. Dursey Island is 6.5 km long and 1.5 km wide. The island is separated from the mainland by a narrow stretch of water called the Dursey Sound which has a very strong tidal race, with a reef of rocks in the centre of the channel which is submerged at high tides. This peaceful island, with only a handful of semi-permanent residents, is connected to the mainland by Ireland’s only cable car.
The island, historically, was made up of 3 villages or ‘townlands’.

Dolphins and whales are regular visitors to the rich waters that surround Dursey, in addition to a wide range of different types of seabirds and butterflies. Originally opened in 1969, the Dursey Island cable car remains, to this day, the most used means of transport across the turbulent waters of the Dursey Sound and offers a truly singular experience.

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Whale watching trips

Atlantic Whale and Wildlife Tours provide whale watching and dolphin watching tours in Courtmacsherry, West Cork, Ireland. The experienced, professional skippers know the best locations in West Cork for whale and dolphin watching.

Observe fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales common dolphins, basking sharks, harbour porpoise, sunfish and other marine wildlife in stunning scenery.

The tour boats provide a comfortable and safe way to watch whales, dolphins and other marine life in West Cork, Ireland.

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Garnish Island

Garnish Island (Ilnacullin Garinish or Garnish) is located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay, in Southwest Ireland. Garnish is world renowned for its gardens which are laid out in beautiful walks and it has some stunning specimen plants which are rare in this climate.

Take the Garnish Island Ferry from Glengarriff Pier to visit this amazing island garden. The very sheltered ferry trip includes a wonderful visit to seal island where you will visit the very tame seal colony.

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