Framed by the craggy Caha Mountains, vast, magnificent Bantry Bay is one of the country's most attractive inlets and a worthwhile stop on any West Cork itinerary. Pride of place goes to Bantry House, the former home of one Richard White, who earned his place in history when in 1798 he warned authorities of the imminent landing of patriot Wolfe Tone and his French fleet in their effort to join the countrywide rebellion of the United Irishmen. In the end storms prevented the fleet from landing and the course of Irish history was definitively altered – all Wolfe Tone got for his troubles was a square and a statue bearing his name.
Bantry struggled through the 19th century due to famine, poverty and mass emigration but today its industry derives from the bay: you'll see Bantry oysters and mussels on menus throughout County Cork.
Bantry destination guides
Cycle West Cork and Coast
A guided cycle around Cork and its coastline where meadows reach the sea and colourful villages brighten the landscape
Cork Coast Cycle
Cycle the rolling hills of Cork and coast where meadows reach the sea and colourful villages brighten the landscape