About Clonakilty and West Cork

Clonakilty is a multi-award winning, innovative & dynamic seaside town, at the heart of West Cork, in the South of Ireland.

Famous for its community spirit, Blue Flag Beaches, award winning food producers & restaurants as well as an internationally renowned music scene Clon (as its known locally) has every necessary ingredient to make your stay here one you will often recount….but never forget!

West Cork (IrishIarthar Chorcaí) refers to a geographical area in south-west Ireland, lying within Ireland’s largest county, County Cork. Traditionally a popular tourist destination, the area is seen as being distinct from the more populated northern or eastern parts of the county, as well as the more urban area of Metropolitan Cork. Those from this quite rural part of Ireland often describe themselves as being from West Cork. The area is famous for the rugged beauty of its peninsulas (such as the remote Beara PeninsulaSheep’s Head and Mizen Head peninsulas), popular beaches such asInchydoney, Owenahincha and Barleycove, and picturesque towns and villages such asSkibbereenClonakiltyKinsale and Rosscarbery.

Road signs may be found around Cork city and elsewhere directing traffic for “The West”, or “West Cork”. The town of Bandon is described as the “Gateway to West Cork”.