Overlooking Bantry Bay in the heart of West Cork, Bantry town is situated just over 55 miles west of Cork City. It functions as a large Market town providing commercial, retail and tourism/leisure facilities for locals and visitors alike.
Bantry is an important tourism location and is a designated outdoor activity hub in West Cork with a wide variety of activities available all year round. Water sports, Horse riding, Angling and Cycling are some of the outdoor activities available in the area.
With a fine raised plaza in its main square overlooking the harbour the town has a variety of small shops and businesses, restaurants and bars to choose from and is an ideal holiday location with plenty to offer all visitors. The majestic Bantry House overlooks the harbour with its beautiful gardens reaching down towards the shore where one can enjoy the spectacular views of the Caha Mountains across the bay.
As one of the larger towns in West Cork with a population of about 4000 people and a catchment area of about 12000 people, it is a busy community with plenty going on all year round.
Bantry is also host to the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Masters of Tradition festival, West Cork Literary festival, Bay Run Half Marathon, National Windsurfing Championships,The Fastnet International Rally and Bantry Show(the largest in Munster).
In 2012, Bantry was the host town for the prestigious Atlantic Challenge, an international contest of seamanship.
Just 90 minutes from Cork and Kerry international airports, Bantry is just a stones throw away and is an ideal location for your holiday in West Cork.