Bantry, in the heart of West Cork, is a region of lush vegetation,
palm trees and semi-tropical flowers. Hemmed in by high mountain
ridges, an azure blue sea and cascading mountain streams, it is
a place of unparalled beauty where the landscape changes with every
mood of wind and sky.
In this breathtaking 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 tranquility.
The landscape is mountainous with parallel ridges running
through the various peninsulae to the sea - mainly in an north-east/south-west
direction. The rest of the terrain is occupied by valleys, hidden
glens, hills, fast running rivers, woods and forests.
The climate 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.
The Bantry region is divided into three main areas corresponding
with the peninsulas i.e. 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.
Touring routes are numerous and include the breathtaking
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.
The Bantry and West Cork character is considered the most friendly,
helpful, outgoing, quick witted, generous and possessing 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.
You are assured a warm welcome.
Bantry Tourism Association
© Bantry Tourism Association 2002