The beautiful town of Bantry is located on the West Coast of Ireland at the head of Bantry Bay. This relatively small town is host to a variety of food outlets and things to do but it can be hard to decide what best fits your trip.
With a little bit of planning you can see all the best sites around Bantry in good time, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the food and drink this fairtrade town has to offer.
So here are five of the top things to do in Bantry while you’re visiting.
Bantry House & Garden is a regal example of the architectural beauty West Ireland has to offer. A stunningly exquisite building set in a beautiful expanse of pristine gardens, this house is great for both rainy and sunny days. With the White family descendants still partially living in the house, its not uncommon to bump into them while you look around, adding that extra little personal appeal to what is one of the grandest buildings in the area.
To truly experience the countryside around Bantry at its finest, a horse riding or pony trekking tour is the best way forward. Able to enjoy the stunning views Cork has to offer while going at the methodical pace of a horse or pony can leave you feeling so relaxed you’ll hardly noticed an afternoon has passed. There are a few places you can go for your pony treks and they’re open to a wide range of abilities so check them out as a different way to explore this stunning area.
Kealkill Megalithic Stone Circle and Standing Stone can be a bit tricky to find unless you know where you’re going. If you do manage to track the stones down you’ll be in for a treat. With stunning views and a fascinating heritage this is more of a quick trip on the way to something else in the afternoon, however the sights from this spot are worth making the time for.
If you’re more adventurous then the option of going sea kayaking is surely one not to be missed out on. With tours ranging from beginner to advanced, you are able to kayak to the local Whiddy Island and back while taking in the stunning fresh sea air. As good for your head as it is for your health, it is surprising how much an afternoon kayaking at sea can wash the cobwebs away.
For a taste of the hustle and bustle of every day Bantry life then there is only one place for it, and that is Bantry market. Open every Friday from 9:30am to 1pm, you can pick up some fresh produce and homemade goodies for your trip out that afternoon.
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