Bantry Development & Tourism Association

who we are and what we do

Our Mission

To promote Bantry as the heart of West Cork and the ideal base from which to explore it, and to promote the wider West Cork region to encourage holidaymakers to stay in West Cork.

We work closely with Failte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, Cork County Council, Pure Cork, Bantry Bay Port Company and local stakeholders to promote Bantry and West Cork, while also offering marketing support to new local businesses.


That Bantry and West Cork is the preferred destination of choice for travellers and holidaymakers to Ireland.

Main Objectives

  • Establish Bantry as the heart of West Cork and the ideal base from which to explore it
  • Position Bantry as a ‘must see’ destination on the Wild Atlantic Way touring route
  • Support the local economy by creating tourism attractions and opportunities while increasing and sustaining job creation
  • Work in collaboration and partnership with local groups in Bantry and West Cork to establish Bantry and West Cork as a prime destination
  • Protect our unique environment and local heritage

What We Do

Manage and run the Bantry Tourism Office, located on Wolfe Tone Square in Bantry.  This is all run by our volunteers and we cover the running costs of the office.

Manage the Bantry website; and all Visit Bantry social media platforms

Organise numerous festivals and events eg. Bantry Walking Festival, Kupala Festival, BBQ Festival, Chief O’Neill Festival, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Westlodge Fastnet Rally and The New Year Family Gathering.

Welcome all Cruise Line visitors to Bantry Bay in association with Bantry Port Company

Committee Members

Eileen O’Shea, Mick Cremin, Aiden McCarthy, Brigitte Shellswell White, Debbie Delaney, Danny Collins, Rita Kearney, Richard Harrington

Support Us

If you would like to donate a contribution towards the running costs of the Bantry Development & Tourism Association, please do so here:

Plan Your Visit to Bantry

Stay in Bantry

Bantry offers a vast array of hotels, B & Bs, camping, glamping and self-catering options.

Eat & Drink in Bantry

Plenty of choice when it comes to eating and drinking in Bantry with a vast selection of restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs serving food.

Things to Do in Bantry

Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor activities, heritage or shopping, Bantry has it all.

How to Get Here

Bantry is located in southern Ireland at the heart of West Cork.  It is part of the Wild Atlantic Way touring route and is surrounded by some of the most majestic landscapes in Ireland.  It’s time to visit West Cork – it’s time to visit Bantry!

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