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The Sheep's Head Way is a 200km walking route located on the narrow Sheep's Head peninsula in West Cork between Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay. You’ll find an unspoilt natural landscape with stunning coastal views. This is a place that’s been recognised as a European Destination of Excellence: a kind of modern Eden.
Situated with dramatic views out over Bantry Bay, Bantry House, built 1739, is owned by the eighth and ninth generations of the original owner Captain White. The house is still decorated with furnishings collected by the original owner from all over the world. Meander through the gardens whose design and layout reflect the influence of the many foreign countries previous generations of the family visited.
Ireland’s most Southwesterly Point. At the end of the Mizen Peninsula, the cliffs of Mizen Head rise high above the Atlantic Ocean, where the currents meet from the west and south coasts and waves from the mid-Atlantic crash into the land. Pictured is the Fastnet light house (southwest if mizen head), it is known as The Teardrop of Ireland, the last sight of Ireland for emigrants sailing to America.
The site of the infamous pirate ‘Sack of Baltimore’ head on to the Beacon for spectacular coastal views of the Atlantic. Return to Baltimore village for a guided tour of Dun na Sead Castle, ending the day in historic Bushes Bar.
The village of Ahakista has a bronze age stone circle and proudly boasts a holiday home owned by Television Personality Graham Norton who can sometimes be found in the local up pub hosting the quiz.
Have a Guided tour of Liss Ard Estate and gardens – including the famous Sky Garden
Visit the holy well at Lough Hyne and walk to the top of Lough hyne hill and be rewarded by the spectacular panoramic view of the Carbery Coast.
Walk to the ancient Megalithic site of the Drombeg Stone Circle, and see a Fulacht fiadh - a communal cooking pit with a hearth dating back to the iron age - hot stones were taken from the fire and dropped into the water trough, recent tests have shown they could boil seventy gallons of water in about fifteen minute. After the visit to the stone circle head off for a walk in the tranquillity of Dromillihy Woods.
Take a walking tour of Castletownshend – starting at historic Drishane House, home of the Somervilles, visit the Edith Somerville Museum, walk through the village to St Barrahane’s Church to see the magnificent Harry Clarke stained glass windows and the Somerville Graves.
Head to Castle Freke, with wonderful views of Owenahincha Beach and Galley Head Lighthouse, walk to Rathbarry Church where generations of Frekes have been buried. Head to Galley Head Lighthouse for a private tour of an operating lighthouse.
Go on a historic walk of Skibbereen town, incorporating the Heritage Centre and visit to the famine pit grave site at Abbeystrewry.
meaning ‘mouth of the two river fords). Tour the traditional Irish village and visit the Gurtnagrough Folk Museum, a large private collection of antiquities including a wide variety of vintage agricultural tools and domestic utensils, among the collection are items that date from the 1700s. Walk over the magnificent Twelve Arch Bridge, the former West Carbery Tramway and Light Railway viaduct is now a footbridge. This three foot narrow gauge line first carried a train in September 1886, and its last in January 1947. This bridge now gives walkers a spectacular view of the estuary.
The last coastal village on the Sheep's Head Peninsula after Durrus and Ahakista. It lies under the 'Shadow of Seefin' - the area's highest hill and overlooking Dunmanus Bay and not far from Caher Mountain. Kilcrohane is renowned for its beautiful coastline, idyllic views and world famous hill walking routes.
Castletownbere is a small but vibrant town nestled at the heart of the beautiful Beara Peninsula. The town sits between the Caha and Slieve Miskish mountains and overlooks the spectacular Berehaven Harbour.
Garnish Island (Ilnacullin Garinish or Garnish) is located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay, in Southwest Ireland. Garnish is world renowned for its gardens which are laid out in beautiful walks and it has some stunning specimen plants which are rare in this climate.