Bantry Bay, West Cork
Bantry, in the heart of West Cork, is a region of lush vegetation, palm trees and semi-tropical flowers. Hemmed in by high mountain ridges, an azure blue sea and cascading mountain streams, it is a place of unparalled beauty where the landscape changes with every mood of wind and sky.
In this breathtaking splendour of mountain scenery, hilly pastures, meandering streams, lakes and woods, where megalithic monuments and ruins of monastic settlements dot the country-side, visitors can find peace and tranquility.
The landscape is mountainous with parallel ridges running through the various peninsulae to the sea - mainly in an north-east/south-west direction. The rest of the terrain is occupied by valleys, hidden glens, hills, fast running rivers, woods and forests.
The climate is very mild with moist Atlantic breezes giving a medium to heavy rainfall. The influence of the Gulf Stream of warm sea water has a pronounced effect on the climate allowing the growth of semi-topical vegetation and foliage which can be savoured in the many gardens both private and public.
What to do:
With a maze of minor roads and pathways there are many enjoyable walks and cycling routes for all the family. Detailed guides and maps are available for those interested in casual and carefree walks and cycle tours.
The nearest long stretches of golden or silvery sandy beaches are a 40 minute drive from Bantry. However, there is no shortage of small secluded sandy beaches in the Bay region where families can enjoy themselves in almost complete privacy.