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West Cork
— "A Taste of West Cork" Food Festival
— Ballydehob Jazz Festival
— Baltimore Fiddle Fair

— Calves Week Regatta
— Dun na Sead Castle
— Fastnet Rock & Lighthouse
— Mizen Head Signal Station

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West Cork Gourmet Capital of Ireland
West Cork, located on the far southwest of County Cork, is home to magnificent natural landscapes, picturesque little towns, and quaint fishing villages. Famous for its food, West Cork is also known as the "Gourmet Capital of Ireland" — fun for foodies!

Some of the most popular towns and villages in West Cork include: Baltimore, Bantry, Castletownberehaven, Castletownshend, Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Glandore, Glengarriff, Goleen, Kinsale, Schull, Skibbereen, and Timoleague.

Fun West Cork Festivals
— "A Taste of West Cork" Food Festival

Fun festivals are held during summer months in surrounding towns and villages. One of the most popular festivals — "A Taste of West Cork" Food Festival — takes place every September in and around Skibbereen. The week-long festival features food-tastings, demos, cookery competitions, celebrity chefs, special dinners, brunches & banquets, talks, exhibits, markets, childrens' events, guided walks, boat tours, live music... and the famous Sunday Festival!

— Ballydehob Jazz Festival
The Ballydehob Jazz Festival takes place annually (usually late spring) in the delightful West Cork village of Ballydehob — don't ya just love that name!

Ballydehob lies about 20 miles east of Mizen Head, Europe's most westerly point.

The Baltimore Fiddle Fair
The Baltimore Fiddle Fair takes place throughout the whole village of Baltimore in West Cork. What started out as a traditional Irish music festival has now evolved and become more eclectic, featuring Cajun, Oldies, Classical, Breton, Rock and Country. Today, the Baltimore Fiddle Fair is one of the best traditional and folk music festivals in the world.

"Calves Week Regatta"
Calves Week Regatta, named after the three Calf Islands, is one of Ireland’s best loved sailing regattas. Set against the backdrop of West Cork’s spectacular scenery and iconic Fastnet Lighthouse, the fun regatta takes place every August. Organized by the Schull Harbor Sailing Club, West Cork's premier sailing event dates back to 1984. Today, it is more popular than ever — boats come from all over Ireland. Keep a lookout for wildlife in the area, including seals, dolphins and even whales!

Fastnet Rock & Lighthouse
Fastnet Lighthouse sits atop Fastnet Rock off the coast of West Cork, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Solitary in nature, its Gaelic name "Carrig Aonar" means Lonely Rock. It's a popular backdrop in yachting races — the Fastnet Race (takes place every two years) and the Calves Week Annual Regatta (takes place annually in August), The Fastnet Rock area also offers some of the best diving in Ireland — you can charter a boat from Schull.



Mizen Head
Mizen Head is located on Ireland's most south-westerly point, in West County, Cork. Visit Mizen Head Irish Lights Signal Station and its Visitor Center (heritage museum). Cross the famous 100-yr-old Arched Bridge — a popular tourist attraction.

Walk down the "99 steps" (and across the bridge) — a long series of steps on the scenic pathway that leads from the Visitor Center (above) to the Signal Station (below). Along the way, see magnificent landscape views up the west and south coasts. During winter months, keep a look-out over the Atlantic Ocean for Humpback Whales, Dolphins... and more!

Mt. Gabriel
Mt. Gabriel (pictured below) is located on the Mizen Peninsula, just north of Schull. From its mountain peak, you can see spectacular views of the area.

Mt. Gabriel in Schull, County Cork, Ireland - Winter 2010 - J&G Lawson

Barleycove Beach
Located on the most south-westerly part of Ireland, Barleycove Beach is a must-see! The picturesque sandy beach is situated between two headlands on the Mizen Peninsula in West Cork.

Dun na Sead Castle
Visit Dun na Sead Castle, located in Baltimore, a historic maritime village, just outside of Skibbereen in County Cork. The restored 13th century castle sits on top of a hill, overlooking the harbor. It is open to visitors June-September.

West Cork
Model Railway Village

West Cork Model Railway Village
is located in Clonakilty, West Cork — it's FUN for kids and big kids too!

Walk into the model village and see life as it was during the 1940s — the old West Cork Railway line is recreated in miniature (models and figurines are handmade to a scale of 1:24). Open daily 11am-5pm.

Relax in the village's cozy tea room — set on an authentic train carriage with a view of Clonakilty Bay.

Take a Guided Tour around Clonakilty town on the "Tschu Tschu Road Train" — tours depart from the Model Village (daily in the summer and on weekends in the winter).

Kilcoe (approx half-way between Skibbereen and Balllydehob in County Cork, Ireland - J&G Lawson

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