Activities

There are plenty of things to do on Sheep’s Head.

Walk the Sheep’s Head Way, winner of a Waterford Crystal Walker Award. Chosen as the best walk in Ireland by Country Walking magazine, this 55 mile long distance walk has a huge variety of terrain all with beautiful views and there are many long and short loop walks available.

There is a magnificent “ring” drive starting outside Bantry along the Goats Path to Kilcrohane, back then through Ahakista (stop off at beautiful Air India Memorial), then onto Durrus. Contrast the sheer cliffs and stark beauty of the north side (the sunsets are incredible) with the more lush south side where the road runs right alongside Dunmanus Bay.

For the water enthusiasts

For the water enthusiasts
There are many fishing and bathing spots, both sandy and shingly beaches, scattered throughout the peninsula.
  • Bantry Bay Scuba Diving

    Bantry Bay Scuba Diving Bantry +353(0)27 51310. Teach PADI and IANTD Diving Courses.
  • Carbery Sailing

    Carbery Sailing is based in Ahakista and offer 1/2 Day, Day and Evening sailing trips.
  • Darrens Kayaks / Kayaking

    Darren Stock - Kayaking tuition and Sales, Durrus +353 (0)027 61515.
  • Edge Adventures Kayaking

    Tadgh Boyden of Edge Adventure is a qualified instructor in a number of adventure disciplines and offers adventure for all levels from begginer to expert. The range includes sea kayaking, river kayaking, rock climbing and hill walking. Discounts are available for groups… Tadhg Boyden, Bantry +353(0)87 7924841
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For the explorers

For the explorers
Private Garden Open to the Public
  • Carraig Abhann Garden

    Visit the garden of Eugene & Hazel Wiseman, Durrus Village - 027 61070 - Open 10am- 6pm, Monday-Saturday, April-September Inclusive.
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For the energetic/adventurous

For the energetic/adventurous
  • Bantry Bay Pony Treking

    Horse riding and Pony trekking - Georgia Shiels, Bantry +353(0)87-7765539. Email: gshiels2@gmail.com - Facebook page- Bantry Bay Pony Treking.
  • Cycle Guide

    Cycle Route Guide - Sheep’s Head Cycling, Matt Mills +353 (0)87 799060.
  • Cycle West Cork

    Cycling Holidays, Tours & Rentals.
    Phone: 00 353 (0)87 3921894
  • Dunbeacon Equestrian Centre

    Horse Riding & Pony Trekking, Dunbeacon, Durrus,+353 (0)27 61 532.
  • Elaine Spillane - Tour Guide

    Elaine Spillane, Reg. Tour Guide. 027 67068 / 086 1700343
  • Glanlough Guided Walks

    Guided Hill Walks by Charlie McCarthy. Reg. Tour Guide and local historian. Hill walking holidays and B&B situated in the heart of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula +353(0)27 6122
  • Nigel's Bike Rental Bantry

    Bike Rental Nigel's Bicycle Shop, Glengarriff Road, Bantry. +353(0)2752657.
  • Playgrounds

    The peninsula has three great playgrounds - Kilcrohane Community playground and tennis court located just west of the village. Durrus community playground located at the Durrus community field on the road toward the Mizen peninsula. Arundels by the Pier - Bar and Restaurant have a playground beside the bar for customers and visitors.
  • West Cork Bike Hire

    Bikes can be hired at Arundels Bar, Ahakista.
  • Whiddy Island Bike Hire

    Take the ferry to Whiddy Island from Bantry and cycle around this little unqiue island. Contact Tim O Leary.
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For something different

For something different
  • Astrology

    Learn astrology or have an astrology reading with Sheeps HEad based Astrologer Kate Arbon.
  • Durrus Cheese

    Visit Durrus Cheese, Coomkeen, Durrus - 027 61100 - Cheese available for purchase at dairy. For visits, please telephone first 027-61100. Open Mon.-Fri. 0900 to 1500.
  • Good Things Café and Cookery School

    Enjoy a cookery class with award winning chef Carmel Somers at Good Things Cafe, Durrus.
  • Sheeps Head Producers Market

    Visit Sheeps Head Producers Market at the old Creamery in Kilcrohane Village, seasonal outdoor market Sundays 11am to 2pm during summer outside Fitzpatricks Bar.
  • Stone Carving

    Victor Daly Stone Carver - take a Stone Carving course at Victor's workshop on The Sheeps Head Peninsula.
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For the collectors

For the collectors
  • Cronin's Forge Durrus

    Cronins’ Forge, Durrus -027-61114 - Specialist decorative iron work, visit the forge and show room just otside Durrus where you can purchase hand crafted mirrors, lamps, tables, chairs and more. Engage the forge to make you a customised piece.
  • Dun Oir Pottery

    Dun Oir Pottery and Craft Shop, on the Goat's Path road overlooking Bantry Bay. Tel: 027-67093
  • Dunbeacon Pottery

    Handmade pottery by Helen Ennis.
  • Heron Gallery, Ahakista

    Annabelle Langrish's art and crefts for sale. Great art cafe in Summer months.
  • Sanna Inspires

    Sanna Isbister's textile art and designer hats on sale and display at Sheeps Head Producers Market at the Old Creamery in Kilcrohane village and at The White House Gallery and Cafe.
  • The White House Gallery and Cafe

    The White House Gallery and Cafe, Knockroe, Kilcrohane (located 1 mile weest of Kilcrohane village on the way to the tip of the peninsula. Teas, coffee cakes. Corina Thorn's inspirational art to view and purchase.
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For the craic

For the craic
There are many great pubs & places to eat on the South side of the peninsula from Durrus to Kilcrohane many have music at the weekends throughout the summer.
  • Arundels by the Pier

    Bar, restuarant, entertainment, beer garden by the sea at Ahakista.
    Phone: 027-67033
  • Bay View Bar, Kilcrohane

    Bar, restaurant(open in summer), bar food, accomodation, weekly entertainment. Set dancing and fun.
    Phone: 027-67981
  • Fitzpatrick's Pub - 'Eileen's'

    Traditional pub in Kilcrohane, open fire, weekly music sessions. Entertainment, craic, fun. Bar food.
    Phone: 027 67057
  • O'Sulleabhain

    Family run traditional bar located in Durrus village. Durrus.
    Phone: 027 61155
  • The Long Boat, Durrus

    Entertainment & Food. Durrus.
    Phone: 027 61144
  • The Sheeps Head Bar & Restaurant, Durrus

    Bar, food, restaurant, entertainment, Durrus.
    Phone: 027 62822
  • The Tin Pub

    Tin pub located in Ahakista, open in Summer, great bar, entertainment, beer garden. For opening and more check out 'The Tin Pub' on facebook.
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For the historically minded

For the historically minded
Visit the many archaeological sites on the peninsula, holys wells and archaeological sites signposted.
  • The holed marriage stone at Caherulagh

    This impressive holed marriage is standing in the townland of Caherulagh overlooking Dunmanus Bay and just off the route of the Sheeps head way between The Blackgate and Foilbeg.
  • The Mass Rock at Gloun

    The mass rock is located off the horseshoe road at Gloun looking out to Bantry Bay (signposted off the Sheeps Head Way/Horshoe road).
  • The O Daly Bardic school at Dromnea

    On the route of the Sheeps Head way walk, park at Dromna and walk the route towrds Faranmanagh Lake and Strand on the way you will pass the ruins of this historic bardic school.
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For pampering

For pampering
  • Hagal Healing Farm

    Located at Coomleigh West, in the Mealagh Valley, Bantry, Co. Cork (on the route of the Sheeps Head Way east walks)this relaxing holistic farm offers massage and other body treatments and offers peaceful calm accomodation and wholesome creative food. Phone 027-66179. Check out the webiste.
  • Nora Dalton - Aromatherapist

    Aromatherapist & Reflexologist, Nora Dalton, MIIAA-LSA, Kilcrohane. 027 67254, 087 9389869 (Please ring for an appointment).
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