who we are and what you can expect when you visit
Bantry is a modern harbour town at the heart of West Cork. It is located along the Wild Atlantic Way touring route in southwest Ireland. Bantry is hemmed in by high mountain ridges, an azure blue sea and cascading mountain streams. It is a place of unparalleled beauty where the landscape changes with every mood of wind and sky. It is a region of lush vegetation, palm trees and semi-tropical flowers.
The character of the Bantry and West Cork people is considered the most friendly, helpful, outgoing, quick witted nature in Ireland and we possess the gift of unlimited conversation with a great sense of humour. West Cork is recognised as one of the last bastions of true Irish hospitality and we are proud that Bantry is at the very heart of it. You are assured a warm welcome.
Who & Where We Are
Bantry is named after one of Conor MacNeasa’s sons – Beannt – and generation upon generation have shaped and reshaped the town’s topography. This has made it what it is today – a jewel at the head of one of Europe’s deepest natural harbours.
In this breath-taking 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 tranquillity. The landscape is mountainous with parallel ridges running through the various peninsulas to the sea – mainly in a north-east/south-west direction. The rest of the terrain is occupied by valleys, hidden glens, hills, fast running rivers, woods and forests.
Bantry is the gateway to three surrounding peninsulas: The Beara Peninsula, The Sheep’s Head or in Irish (Muintir Bhaire) Peninsula and The Mizen Peninsula. These extend south-west in the Atlantic up to 30 miles.
The climate here 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.
If you’re a nature lover, a history buff, a seeker of tranquillity or a lover of gastronomic pleasures, it’s all here for you. Spend time in the town, savouring its delights, or use it as a launching pad to explore the wonderful coastal countryside.
Touring routes are numerous and include the breath-taking scenery of the coastal routes around each of the peninsulas, spectacular winding roads through the mountains, cliff-face roadways, and the unrivalled vistas of mountain lakes, waterfalls, fast running rivers, prehistoric monuments, ancient castles and Christian settlements, forts and stately homes with their majestic gardens.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Plan Your Visit to Bantry
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!