Things To Do in West Cork

Where the Scenery is Magic, and the Grin Factor huge

When you stay at the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen you immediately place yourself at the hub of numerous, year-round, outdoor activities - all of which are guaranteed to put a wide grin on your face.

And, when you elect to draw on this West Cork Accommodation’s extensive local knowledge of such pursuits, you’ll save money. Whilst creating holiday memories to cherish.

Our expertise is at your disposal prior to and during your stay – though with certain activities (e.g. kayaking, whale-watching, diving), particularly in high-season, we advise pre-booking to avoid disappointment, especially where children/groups are involved. You can always browse through our Top 10 Things to do in West Cork to get some inspiration.

Skibbereen and environs offer sea- and river- fishing, whale-watching, dolphin-spotting, island-hopping, kayaking, diving/snorkelling, cycling, walking, golfing, horse-riding, as well as escorted tours of heritage sites, gardens, and more. And, no matter what activity you choose to engage in, at the West Cork Hotel we will do our utmost to ensure your day runs smoothly and efficiently: Down the years we have established a network of reputable local experts; in other words, we know the people ‘in the know’.

For places to stay in West Cork choose the West Cork Hotel as we will make bookings, organise transfers, arrange group and family discounts, provide picnic-baskets, towels, etc. We will, through our local expert-partners, suggest the best stop-offs for cyclists who want a swim, anglers who want a relaxed pint, walkers who want a replenishing, meal. We recommend only those local operators who are leading the way in environmental protection, and only those who are genuinely child-friendly.

In short, we’ll tell you about the best in West Cork… as we’ve been doing since the West Cork Hotel opened its doors in 1902.

View our list of activities or visit the websites below for further information on how to make the most of your stay in our hotel in West Cork

Over 55’s 

The West Cork Hotel first opened its doors in 1902; since then we have prided ourselves on responding swiftly to the specific needs of our wide-ranging clientele, in particular to those of the over-55’s. That is why we have created a range of competitively priced weekend packages for that audience. We have also noted that this group enjoys organised outdoor activities, day-trips, and musical diversion. West Cork Hotel is delighted to announce the Annual West Cork Garden Festival with some spectacular gardens in the locality well worth a visit. West Cork Hotel is also delighted to announce the Annual West Cork Garden Festival with some spectacular gardens in the locality well worth a visit. (www.westcorkgardentrail.com)

For those wishing to extend their stay, it is worth observing that our local experts have been requested to offer you gentler alternatives to existing outdoor activities – i.e. cycle-ways that avoid steep gradients. We have further requested that, wherever possible, our suppliers ( all of whom have excellent safety credentials) devise special ‘’introductory’’ classes for activities such as kayaking and snorkelling, as well as providing, where possible, shorter, half–day excursions (e.g. island-hopping): Have a look at our main site, and, should you feel there is an outdoor activity you would dearly love to do try, please ask: We want to ensure you are not missing out on anything that West Cork has to offer.

As we said there is so much to do in West Cork. The following pages give an insight into some of the many activities in the area: