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Welcome to Bantry, a lovely little harbour town in West Cork and on the Wild Atlantic Way. What we lack in size, we make up for in terms of history, landscape, flora and fauna. Bantry has a long history with some of the first references to it in the seminal Annals of the Four Masters.

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Named after one of Conor MacNeasa’s sons – Beannt – generation upon generation have shaped and reshaped the town’s topography and this has made what it is today – a jewel at the head of one of Europe’s deepest natural harbours and gateway to surrounding peninsulas and shorelines.

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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.

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Bantry is very much alive – come, see for yourself and Céad Míle Fáilte ar gach duine.

Eileen O Shea, Chairman, Bantry Development & Tourism Association

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Take a Walk in West Cork at The Bantry Walking Festival

Throughout the weekend, there are a variety of guided walks on the mountains, islands and peninsulas around Bantry in County Cork. So whether it’s a ramble around Whiddy Island, or a strenuous hike up Hungary Hill or to catch the view from the highest point on the stunning Sheeps Head Way, or a riverside walk, starting from the historic Castle Donovan in Drimoleague, or the beautiful walk in the Mealagh Valley, there is a walk to suit all abilities. 

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