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. 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. Irish TV-chef Richy has his restaurant & bistro in Clonakilty. Locally to Ardfield we have The Mountain House Bar & Bistro and great local fish & chips. 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 new Clonakilty Distillery opened in 2019. Walking Food Tour Video.
Red Strand (3 mins or a 15-mins walk) – safe swimming, popular sandy beach 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 kayakers.
Inchydoney Beach (10 mins) – voted in 2016 for the third year in a row as the best beach 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 (10 mins)
Rosscarbery (10 mins)
Skibbereen, the gateway town to the far west, including Ballydehob, Baltimore & the Islands, Schull and Mizen Head (25 mins)