Known locally as “Clon”, Clonakilty is the multi-award-winning West Cork town and tourist hub, renowned for its community spirit, warm welcome, numerous festivals and events; the ideal base for your West Cork holiday at any time of year. Amongst many firsts, it is also Ireland’s first autism-friendly town.
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Clonakilty is a “Foodie Town” and world famous for its Black Pudding. A great selection of eating establishments from coffee shops, through pubs to restaurants to suit every palate. The area has a large choice of gluten-free produce and can be obtained at the award-winning Scally’s SuperValu supermarket (frequently complimented by our guests) and elsewhere. Dairy produce and fish is high on the agenda in West Cork and there are many local farmhouse cheeses to try and the locally landed catch of the day. Locally to Ardfield we have The Mountain House Bar & Bistro and great local fish & chips on the beach. There are so many great places to eat that our “market research” is never-ending. Our local brewery opened in 2016, providing excellent craft beers. The Clonakilty Distillery opened in 2019. Walking Food Tour Video.
Red Strand (3 mins drive or a 15-mins walk) – safe swimming, sandy beach popular with surfers.
Long Strand, Rathbarry, Castlefreke & Kilkern (5 mins) – woods, dunes, beach walking and fish & chips / café.
Sandscove (10 mins walk) – our local beach for swimming, snorkelling & occasional mobile wood-fired sauna. Popular launch site for sea kayaking.
Inchydoney Beach (10 mins) – voted in 2019 for the sixth year in a row as one of the top beaches in Ireland. Surf School. Live Beach Cam.
Dunnycove Beach (20 mins walk) – for fishing, or a little further on, the little beach at Ballycusheen.
Keameen Point – whale, dolphin, bird and boat watching (10 mins walk)
Causeway at Clogheen – for birdwatching, especially waders at low tide (5 mins)
Clonakilty (12 mins)
Rosscarbery (10 mins)
Skibbereen, the gateway town to the far west, including Ballydehob, Baltimore & the Islands, Schull and Mizen Head (25 mins)