The West Cork shoreline twists and darts in and out of creeks, bays and coves, whilst inland is a tranquil pastureland of soft green hills where fat milking cows graze.Enjoy the beautiful and diverse panorama of West Cork before stopping at the lively market town of Clonakilty.

Clonakilty has been designated as West Cork’s Heritage Town by the Irish Tourist Board. The attractive traditional shop fronts have hand-painted signs in English and Irish. The Post Office is housed in an old Presbyterian church and the Town Council and Library in a converted Corn Mill with the river flowing beneath. Narrow streets and lanes open into elegant squares. It is a town of tall spires, towers and historic buildings - the brewery buildings, the mills and the quayside warehouses, telling of the town's busy trading and industrial past. Clonakilty is the gateway to West Cork, a region blessed with some of Ireland’s most spectacular and unspoiled scenery.

Refreshments of tea, coffee and scones will be served in a local hotel, after which you’ll have some free time to browse the shops of this pretty town.

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