Top Choice Fort in Kinsale

Charles Fort

One of Europe's best-preserved star-shaped artillery forts, this vast 17th-century fortification would be worth a visit for its spectacular views alone. But there's much more here: the 18th- and 19th-century ruins i…
Museum in Kinsale

Courthouse & Regional Museum

Based in the 17th-century courthouse that was used for the inquest into the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, this nifty museum contains local curiosities as diverse as Michael Collins' hurley (hurling stick), and s…
Amusement Park in Clonakilty

West Cork Model Railway Village

You can’t help but smile at the West Cork Model Railway Village. It features a vast outdoor re-creation of the West Cork Railway as it was during the 1940s, with superb miniature models of the main towns in West Cor…
Castle in Kinsale

Desmond Castle

Kinsale's roots in the wine trade are on display at this early 16th-century fortified house that was occupied by the Spanish in 1601. Since then it has served as a customs house, a prison for French and American cap…
Museum in Skibbereen

Skibbereen Heritage Centre

Constructed on the site of the town’s old gasworks, the Skibbereen Heritage Centre houses a haunting exhibition about the Famine, with actors reading heartbreaking contemporary accounts; a visit here puts Irish hist…
Museum in Baltimore

Dun na Sead

Baltimore harbour is dominated by the stone tower of 13th-century Dun na Sead castle. Inside, the great hall houses seasonal art displays and information on the castle's history, but the main attraction is the view …
Museum in Cape Clear Island

Cape Clear Museum

This small museum has exhibits on the island’s history and culture, and fine views north across the water to Mizen Head.
Museum in Clonakilty

Michael Collins Centre

A visit to the Michael Collins Centre is an excellent way to make sense of his life and the times in which he lived. A tour reveals photos, letters and a reconstruction of the 1920s country lane where Collins was ki…
Museum in Clonakilty

Clonakilty Museum

The Clonakilty Museum has some memorabilia, including Michael Collins’ weapons and uniform. The museum is run on a voluntary basis; contact the tourist office for exact opening hours.
Archaeological Site in Clonakilty to Skibbereen

Drombeg Stone Circle

On an exposed hillside, with fields falling away towards the coast and cattle lowing in the distance, the Drombeg stone circle is superbly atmospheric. Its 17 stones, oriented towards the winter solstice sunset, onc…