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Top Choice Food & Drink in Skibbereen

Taste of West Cork Food Festival

If you're in town in mid-September, don't miss this foodie extravaganza, which includes a lively farmers market, cookery demonstrations, competitions, food-tastings, talks, exhibitions and children's events.
Modern Irish in Skibbereen

Good Things Café

This foodie haven serves great contemporary dishes made with organic, locally sourced ingredients. The cafe's own cookery school offers one-day courses that include vegetarian and vegan cooking (€140 per person), an…
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…
International in Skibbereen

Riverside Café & Restaurant

Seafood casserole in lobster bisque, seaweed paella, and bangers and mash with oxtail gravy are among the choices at this popular spot, along with cheese and smoked-fish boards. But the biggest draw is the riverside…
International in Skibbereen


This place uses locally sourced produce and a deft hand in the kitchen to produce breakfast dishes such as vanilla pancakes with fresh berries, and lunch specials that include goat's cheese salad with caramelised pe…
Market in Skibbereen

Farmers Market

One of Ireland's biggest and liveliest farmers markets, a showcase for the best of West Cork food and drink; there's often live music laid on as well.
Cemetery in Skibbereen

Abbeystrewery Famine Cemetery

This graveyard, 1km west of Skibbereen beside the N71 road towards Schull, contains the mass grave of 8000 to 10,000 local people who died during the Famine, marked by a memorial of polished black stone. There's no …
Distillery in Skibbereen

West Cork Distillers

This craft distillery produces liqueurs (Drombeg, Lough Hyne), vodka (Two Trees) and a range of whiskies (blended, pot still and single malt) under its own name. No formal tours, but visitors are welcome if you call…