Top things to do

Historic Site in Mizen Head

Mizen Head Signal Station

Completed in 1909 to help warn ships off the rocks, Mizen Head signal station is perched high above crashing waves and contorted sea cliffs on a small island connected to the mainland by a spectacular 45m-high bridg…
Food in Durrus

Durrus Farmhouse

West Cork has earned an international reputation for its marvellous cheese, thanks to the likes of Durrus Farmhouse, whose produce is sold all over Ireland and the wider world. You can visit the farm and watch the c…
Beach in Mizen Head

Barleycove Beach

Vast sand dunes hemmed in by two long bluffs dissolve into the surf, forming West Cork's finest beach. Rarely crowded, it's a great place for youngsters, with gorgeous stretches of golden sand and a safe bathing are…
Cafe in Schull

Newman's West

This yachtie-filled wine bar (with many good choices by the glass) and art gallery serves soups, salads and enormous chunky sandwiches filled with local cheese and salami. Daily specials might include Bantry Bay mus…
Sailing in Schull

Schull Regatta

Five days of yacht racing, jokingly named Calves Week in reference to England's more famous Cowes Week, culminate in a weekend regatta that includes an outdoor market, children’s sports, crab-fishing competitions an…
Pub Food in Schull

Hackett's Bar

The town's social hub, Hackett's rises above the norm with a creative pub menu of organic dishes prepared from scratch. Black-and-white photos and tin signs adorn the crooked walls and there's a mishmash of old kitc…
Gardens in Durrus

Kilravock Garden

Travel a world of plants at Kilravock Garden, which has been transformed over two decades from a field of scrag and stone to a feast of exotic plants by one green-fingered couple. Look out for the tiny blue sign on …
Pub Food in Crookhaven

Crookhaven Inn

Set discreetly back from the water, this stone cottage of a pub has a scattering of picnic tables outside. The food here is an ambitious take on pub grub; seafood, of course, is supreme. In summer there are trad mus…
Pub Food in Durrus

Sheeps Head Inn

In the heart of the village, this cosy black-and-white gastropub cooks up exceptional locally sourced delights such as Durrus cheese tartlets, pan-fried sea bass, and crab claws in garlic and lemon.
Market in Schull

Country Market

Schull's popular market showcases the work of the village's artists and craftspeople, and draws producers and purveyors from around the region.