West Cork

A Place Apart

Every now and then, if you travel widely, you’ll encounter a place with a curious quality you can’t quite put your finger on. You can’t explain why, but somehow when you’re there, things just start to feel better. West Cork is one of those places.

As you head west out of Cork City you almost feel the stress of everyday life slipping away as that West Cork magic takes hold.

It’s a wonderful place to unwind, and as far as West Cork locations go you can’t get much better than Rosscarbery. Near enough to be accessible, yet far enough away to make the urban hustle and bustle a distant memory, the Celtic Ross Hotel is perfectly situated for your carefree West Cork break or holiday.

Yet well connected

West Cork might feel like another world… but it’s really easy to get to, and really easy to explore. We’re just an hour west of the national and international transport hub of Cork City, and the charming coastal village of Rosscarbery is your ideal base to discover the very best this stunning part of Ireland has to offer. All the region’s main attractions are a convenient drive away, many of them along the well signposted touring route of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Stunning scenery, charming towns and villages, friendly people -- West Cork has it all

A region of outstanding natural beauty, West cork’s rugged coastal headlands, offshore islands, stunning sandy beaches and vast expanse of ocean will leave you breathless. From the Old Head of Kinsale to Ireland’s most southerly point at the tip of Mizen Head, to The Beara beyond… the landscape alone is worth the visit… but West Cork offers so much more than scenery.

Vibrant market towns like Clonakilty, Skibbereen and Bantry, and countless smaller towns and villages throughout the region let you experience the living, breathing pulse of Ireland’s South West. Meeting the locals, visiting markets, sampling local artisan produce and enjoying traditional music and “the craic” in a local pub is all part of the West Cork experience.

The remotest outpost of Ireland’s rebel county, West Cork has played a pivotal role in shaping the Ireland of today, and is steeped in history both ancient and modern. From megalithic stone monuments to Viking marauders to some of the leading icons of Ireland’s long struggle for independence, history buffs can mine a rich seam of sites and stories that span millennia.

For the more actively inclined West Cork boasts a host of attractions and activities to keep even the most avid of thrill seeker busy for the duration of their stay. So, whether you’re into birding and wildlife watching, surfing and sailing, diving, fishing, walking, kayaking or cycling West Cork has plenty to keep you occupied for the duration of your stay.

Experience that West Cork feeling

We could wax lyrical about the geological, natural, historical and cultural wonders of West Cork indefinitely, but that misses the real essence of the region. It’s the intangible that captivates people -- an ethereal quality born of West Cork’s unique blend of location, people, culture, history, innovation and optimism.

There’s an eclectic feel here that’s unique in rural Ireland… incorporating Irish and international influences that go back over hundreds, even thousands of years. It’s not really something words on a page can ever truly capture -- so we invite you to join us in West Cork, and experience the region’s magic for yourself.

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