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A giant sheep driving a vintage car marks the entrance and sets the tone for these whimsical sculpture gardens...
This pub has a prime position at the junction of the N71 and the Beara Rd. Settle into one of the comfy outside benches with a pint.
The 300-hectare ancient woodland lining Glengarriff's glacial valley was owned by the White family of Bantry House in the 18th century...
From a little cove near the centre of the village.
Subtropical plants flourish in the rich soil and warm climate of the magical Italianate garden on Garinish Island, with camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons providing a seasonal blaze of colour...
Glengarriff's mild, frost-free climate allows this small 12-hectare park to flourish. It has a variety of exotic plants, including palm trees and tree ferns, as well as coastal woodland walks.
From the pier opposite the Eccles Hotel.
Bicycles can be hired here.
The milk in the organic latte here is fairtrade – just one example of the green ethos prevalent throughout this very attractive bakery-deli-cafe...
Bantry Rural Transport runs a useful series of circular routes to Dunmanway, Durrus, Goleen, Schull, Skibbereen and outlying villages. There’s a set price of €4/6 one-way/return...
This outstanding little restaurant above a fish shop does seafood to perfection, from the live-tank local oysters (served with lemon and tabasco sauce) to Bantry Bay mussels in white wine...
One of the best bars for music, Crowley's has traditional bands on Wednesday nights.
Proudly boasting 'no fried food', this mannered spot serves meals well above the pub-grub norm.
Ivy frames the entrance to this gastropub, which has a short but excellent menu that runs from Kenmare Bay mussels in creamy apple cider sauce to local lamb on mustard mash.
Creative, often Asian-inspired twists on local seafood, such as salmon, prawn and cod sushi are the pick of the menu here, but Mulcahys also serves meat-based classics like beef Wellington.
Built in 1862, this church has a splendid wooden roof with 14 angel carvings. Intricate mosaics adorn the aisle arches and edges of the stained-glass window over the altar...
Funky, comfy Jam offers organic baked goods, picnic joy and elaborate coffees. Veggies can go silly for the lentil and nut loaf.
A wide range of acts perform here from Thursday to Saturday.
Find that elusive favourite at this excellent second-hand bookshop, which sells some rare editions and also has a terrific range of paperbacks, all neatly collated.
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