Learn about the beautiful & picturesque towns and villages near Inish Beg Estate. Select below or click markers on map
Known as the "capital of West Cork", Skibbereen is a thriving market town, filled with shops, restaurants and pubs. The West Cork Arts Centre is based here, along with many social organisations and educational institutions. The Skibbereen Heritage Centre includes The Great Famine Commemoration Exhibition and The Lough Hyne Interpretive Centre. test
Sherkin Island, a ten minute ferry ride from Baltimore, is home to a 15th Century Franciscan Friary, and one of the ruined O'Driscoll Castles, Dun-na-Long. Visitors also come to the island for its sandy beaches and crafts shops.
Schull, is a busy port town on the Mizen Peninsula. Mizen Head is the southernmost point on mainland Ireland. The lighthouse has been transformed into the Mizen Vision Visitor Centre with information on the history of the lighthouse and the area in general. There are many archaelogical ruins, from the Neolithic through the Bronze ages. There are ruins of two medieval castles, O'Mahony and O'Driscoll, the dominant clans of the period. Amongst the activites in the area are Sult Scoil Mhuire, a newly formed street theatre group, and Schull Ceili Group. The only planetarium in the Republic of Ireland is located here.
Rosscarbery is best known for the steeple of its grand cathedral overlooking the swan filled lagoon. The town grew up around a monastery which was established by St. Fachtna in the latter half of the 6th century. Rosscarbery is home to several festivals throughout the year – from the Family Festival to the Horse Fair. There is a very active Historical Society based here.
A salt water lake, Lough Hyne (or Ine) contains rare sea life and is Ireland's only Marine Wildlife Reserve. The nearby woods are popular amongst walkers for the spectacular view from the top of Knockomagh Hill.
Cape Clear Island, is Ireland's southernmost inhabited island with megalithic standing stones, a 5000 year-old passage grave, a 12th century church ruin, and a 14th century O'Driscoll castle cannonaded in the early 1600's suggest times past. The island is known for its Bird Observatory and is a good spot for watching out for whales, dolphins, leatherback turtles, sun fish and shark. The island holds an Annual Storytelling Festival, but unofficial sessions break out regularly in the local pubs. Cape Clear is part of the Gaeltacht, one of several areas in Ireland where Irish is the official language, though these days everyone speaks both Irish and English.
In nearby Bantry, West Cork Music (www.westcorkmusic.ie) hosts the famous West Cork Chamber Music Festival, as well as other festivals and concerts throughout the year. Bantry House & Gardens is a popular tourist attraction and also contains the 1796 Bantry French Armada Exhibition Centre.
The busy port of Baltimore is home to festivals throughout the year celebrating local history, seafood & produce, music, water sports and port life. There are several water sport activity centres. The town is a gourmet's paradise with several acclaimed restaurants.
Ballydehob is a small town with a wealth of interesting shops and restaurants. The Gurtnagrough Folk Museum tells of the area's history with some items dating back to the 1700's.
Inish Beg is a private island estate (with a road bridge, accessible by car) in beautiful West Cork Ireland -- just a few miles from the thriving market town of Skibbereen and the idyllic little port of Baltimore with its sailing, fishing and diving centres. Your hosts, Paul and Georgiana Keane, have undertaken a uniquely sympathetic renovation and rejuvenation of this island paradise. The Estate with its beautiful gardens, woodlands, parkland, farmland and foreshore will enchant all who choose Inish Beg for their self catering holidays in West Cork Ireland. You will find an environment, facilities and experience second to none with a select variety of luxury self catering holiday cottages and holiday homes to suit the most discerning needs. Imagine yourself walking, bird watching, fishing, boating or just relaxing in this magical setting, with its beautiful gardens and grounds with a heated indoor full size pool complex.