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Bantry is a bustling market town on the shores of Bantry Bay in West Cork. Overlooking Bantry Bay in the heart of West Cork, the town is situated just over 55miles 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, cycling and, of course, walking are some of the prime outdoor activities available in the area. In 2012 Bantry was the host town for the prestigious Atlantic Challenge, an international contest of seamanship and has a great harbour for water sports of all kind.

With a good range of bars, and restaurants – many of which serve fresh seafood and Bantry Bay mussels – it’s a great base for a stay in West Cork.

Bantry Walking Festival Bantry TownThe town is the hub for the three West Cork peninsulas: the Beara, Sheep’s Head and Mizen peninsulas can all be explored from Bantry, and it’s close to a number of way-marked walking routes such as the Beara Way and the award winning Sheep’s Head Way with some of the finest walking tracks in Ireland. It’s easy to explore the Sheep’s Head Way, recently designated as a European Destination of Excellence, and the Beara Way, from Bantry where a wide range of high-quality accommodation is available.

To see our list of approved accommodation, please click here

During your stay, why not visit Bantry House – one of the last surviving of Ireland’s Big Houses – or take your pick of locally-produced breads and cheeses at the local farmers’ markets? 

Bantry is also host to the nationally acclaimed West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Masters of Tradition Festival and the West Cork Literary Festival.

Bantry Festivals


Bantry Development & Tourism Association

Organising, Promoting & Supporting Festivals & Events on the Wild Atlantic Way

MARCH
•    St Patrick Day Family Celebration                17th March
•    Commerate & Celebrate 1916/2016             24th – 28th March

MAY
•    Bay Run                                15th May  
•    Bantry Hospice Golf Classic at Bantry Golf Club            6th & 7th May
•    Bantry Bay Walking Festival                     4th – 6th June

JUNE
•    WEST  CORK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL                26th June – 4th JULY

JULY & AUGUST
•    WEST CORK LITERARY FESTIVAL                     12th – 18th July
•    BBQ  Festival                            29th July -  1st August
•    Bantry Art Exhibition                         30th July – 9th August
•    MASTERS OF TRADITION  FESTIVAL                19th – 23rd August

SEPTEMBER
•    BANTRY AGRICULTURAL SHOW                    6th  SEPTEMBER
•    Chief O Neill TRADITIONAL MUSIC  FESTIVAL            11th – 13th Sept

OCTOBER
•    WESTLODGE HOTEL FASTNET RALLY & Halloween Festival        30th & 31st Oct.

DECEMBER
•    New Year Family Gathering                      31ST DECEMBER

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A Taste of West Cork Festivals & Events on the Wild Atlantic Way

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