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See And Do
West Cork is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. (See our suggested day trips below). The coastline has sandy beaches and magical inlets. Cork, Kinsale, Blarney and Clonakilty are all popular destinations that are within a 15 minute drive from Bandon. Many of our visitors use Kilbrogan House as a base for touring the south west of Ireland.
Bandon is well served with local restaurants. Our favourite is The Poachers Inn, a great place if you enjoy fish. Other restaurants include Anarkali (Indian)and Cafe Italiano as well as a choice of three Chinese restaurants. Notable cafes include Urru (also a great deli & veggie store), Mary Rose Cafe (a creperie/cafe), the Duchess and Warren & Allen. Further afield other guests favourites include Deasy's Seafood restaurant in Ring and Fishy Fishy in Kinsale.
Researching Bandon Ancestry is a popular pastime amongst many of our guests as is fishing on the Bandon river. I have developed the Bandon Genealogy website with Patsy who lives in New Zealand though her ancestors come from Bandon. Be sure to take a look at it if you are interested in researching your ancestors.
Attractions in the local area:- Cork City (30 km, 30 mins drive)
- The English Market
- St Finbarre's Cathedral
- The Honan Chapel and Glucksman Gallery at University College Cork
- Cork Opera House
- The Crawford Gallery
- The Cork Butter Museum
- St Anne's Shandon
Attractions in the local area:- County Cork
- Blarney Castle and Demesne (40km, 40 mins drive)
- Fota House, Arboretum and Wildlife Park near Cobh (45 km, 40 mins drive)
- Lisselan Estate and Gardens (15km, 15 mins drive)
- Cobh Heritage Centre - The Queenstown Story (54km, 50 mins drive)
- Skibbereen Heritage Centre (50km, 50 mins drive)
- Jameson's Whiskey Distillery, Midleton (50km, 46 mins drive)
- Desmond Castle, Kinsale (20km, 30 mins drive)
- Charles Fort, Kinsale (20km, 30 mins drive)
- West Cork Model Railway Village, Clonakilty (21km, 20 mins drive)
- Timoleague Franciscan Abbey (14km, 23 mins drive)
- Drombeg Stone Circle (between Rosscarbery and Glandore)
- West Cork Heritage Centre, Bandon
Suggested Day Trips
- Day 1. Kinsale town and Charles Fort followed by a looped walk along the coast starting just past the Fort. Coastal drive back to Bandon via the Old Head of Kinsale, Garretstown Blue Flag Beach and Kilbrittain. Dinner either in Bandon or Kinsale
- Day 2. A visit to Timoleague Franciscan Friary and the Church of Ireland which has an amazing highly ornate mosaic inerior donated by a maharajah, a drive along to Courtmacsherry (The Seven Heads Coastal walk for the energetic), Dunworley Beach (good for swimming if the tide is out), Lisselan Gardens, Clonakilty. Dinner at Clonakilty or Bandon
- Day 3. West Cork Model Railway Village in Clonakilty, a walk on Inchydoney Beach, Drive to Rathbarry and Long Strand near Castle Freke (long beach walk though not a beach recommended for swimming), Drombeg stone circle, Glandore, Union Hall (a fishing port), Skibbereen, Baltimore and Lough Ine (another great walk up the hill at the lake with a superb view at the top - The climb takes about 40 minutes). Time permitting continue to Schull and possibly even Mizen Head.
- Day 4. Bantry House and Gardens, Glengariff, Garnish Island, The Healy Pass (superb scenery not to be missed).
- Day 5. Killarney via Macroom. Muckross House and park, Ladies View, Molls Gap and Kenmare. Take the scenic drive through the Sheehy mountains leading from Kilgarvan to Ballylickey and the home via Dunmanway.
- Day 6. East Cork. Barryscourt Castle, Cobh Heritage Centre, Fota House, Arboretum and Wildlife Park and the Jameson Whiskey Distillery in Midleton. Drive one way on the main raoad and back via the car ferry which goes from Cobh to Passage West.
- Day 7. Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone. Cork City to see The English Market (not to be missed!). St Finbarre's Cathedral, St Annes in Shandon, The Butter Museum, FitzgGerald park, The Honan chapel and the Glucksman gallery at University College Cork, the Crawford Gallery.