10 images that will make you think West Cork is “secretly” a Tropical Island

1. Nohoval Cove, Kinsale

Secretly nestled 15kms from Kinsale, Nohoval Cove is located towards the east of the county. Its spectacular rock formations and blue hues make this a must see spot when heading to West Cork from Cork City.

Nohoval Cove

Photo via Instagram: @alnzzz http://websta.me/n/alnzzz

2. Liss Ard Estate, Skibbereen

Mysterious Sky Gardens and winding paths await in Liss Ard Estate, these gardens are nestled on 200 acres of undulating Irish countryside dotted with beautiful woodlands and a 50 acre glittering lake.

Liss Ard Estate

Photo via: Twitter https://twitter.com/LissArdEstate

3. Silver Strand, Sherkin Island

Paradise for many, Silver Strand is a beach that will remind you of a scene from a film. With white sandy beaches and undisrupted panoramic views this beach is one of the many gems on the West Cork coastline.

4. Caves on the West Cork coastline

No folks this is not a clip from a tropical rain forest, but a cave on the West Cork coast. We have over 550kms of stunning coastline to explore, including caves, sea arches and secret bays.

Vine by: POSe Photo

5. Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve

Stunning all year round, this woods has so much to offer. The setting of Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve is spectacular, with the woods nestled in the sheltered glen opening out into Glengarriff Harbour.


Photo via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlengarriffWoodsNatureReserve

6. Dolphins West Cork

Dancing through the tropical blue waters of the West Cork coastline the most common sight is the Short-beaked Common Dolphin. The warm waters of the South West are influenced by the Gulf Stream and is home to an array of whales, dolphins and seals and other marine wildlife.

Vine by: Rachel Mathews-Mckay

7. The Ewe Experience, Glengarriff

Said to be Ireland’s only interactive and interpretative sculpture garden, The Ewe Experience is one of many spectacular gardens open for viewing see here for more details on West Cork Garden Trail: http://www.westcorkgardentrail.com/p/home-page.html


Photo via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEweExperience?fref=ts

8. Barleycove, Mizen Head

No words are needed to describe the breathtaking Barleycove Beach, its white sands and rolling hills make this a truly tropical location.

Vine: David Ryan

10. Bamboo Park, and Garnish Island Glengarriff

Located in the lush landscape of Glengarriff, the Bamboo Park is home to thirty different species of bamboo, surrounded by a variety of tropical plants. Garnish Island or Ilnacullin Island is accessible by ferry where you may be luck to spot the resident seal colony.


Photo via Facebook: Bamboo Park:  https://www.facebook.com/bambooparkireland/info?tab=overview

hodgstagram Jill Hodgson via Instagram

Share your ideas – have we missed out on any locations in West Cork? Send us a link with your photos in the comments section below:

8 thoughts on “10 images that will make you think West Cork is “secretly” a Tropical Island

  1. Sile Murphy., says:

    Go the Route from Cork to Inishshannon , Bandon, Clonakilty, Inchydoney, Dunmore, Ardfield, Rathbarry, Long Strand , Rosscarbery, , Union Hall, and so many more stunning places, ,., One word ., Stunning., in the sunshine.,

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  2. FI O'BRIEN says:

    Blessed to have been to all of those places. Fair play to everyone involved in maintaining their features and beauty and gratitude to all who visit who show respect to the natural habitat.

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