50 breathtaking images of West Cork, Ireland that will make you want to book a flight to Cork!

 Come explore the rugged coastline, our rolling green hills, world class adventure and world renowned artisan food. West Cork in the south west of Ireland has some fascinating places to explore. The Wild Atlantic Way kicked off on our door step in 2014, and marked the beginning of an exciting journey for West Cork. This list is compiled from photographs taken in and around West Cork, and some are truly worthy of a feature in the National Geographic. This collection captures wonderfully the beauty of our West Cork landscape and paints a magical picture of what living in West Cork is really like. We hope you enjoy and marvel at these images, and can take inspiration to get out there to enjoy the West Cork Experience.

Can’t wait to visit us? There are a number of flights direct to Cork International Airport, explore your options here: https://www.corkairport.com


1. Pony Trekking, Sheep’s Head

Pony Trekking Sheep's Head

Photo via Instagram: @digilou48

2. The Old Head, Kinsale

The Old Head

Photo via Instagram: @jeromvanrijt

3. Dunmanus Bay

Dunmanus Bay

Photo via Instagram: @jc__photography_

4. Stairway to Heaven, Warren Beach, Rosscarbery

Stairway to Heaven

Photo via Instagram: @Mrfruity2

5. Kenmare Bay

Kenmare BayPhoto via Instagram: @wander__far

6. Kilcatherine graveyard, Beara

Beara GraveyardPhoto via Instagram:  @skymanblue

7. Glandore


Photo via Instagram: @irishmandrew

8. Long Strand, Clonakilty

Long Strand

Photo via Instagram: @brianrgs

9. Dunmore, Ardfield


Photo via Instagram: @kieranhayesphotography

10. Oileán Chléire/Cape Clear Island

Cape Beach

Photo via Instagram:  @gl72

11. Bantry Bay

Pink Bantry Bay

Photo via Instagram: @digilou48

12. Coomnageehy Hill, Skibbereen

Trailspean Hill

Photo via Instagram: @jeromvanrijt

13. Galley Head

Gally Head

Photo via Instagram: @irishmandrew

14. Beacon, Baltimore


Photo via: Petra Reimers

15. Glengarriff Bay


Photo via Instagram: @enicreamoinn

16. Cable Car to Dursey Island


Photo via Instagram: @milly_kelleher

17. Horse grazing at Long Strand


Photo via Instagram: @kieranhayesphotography

18. Mizen Head Rocks

Mizen Rocks

Photo via Instagram: @tina_quirke

19. Healy Pass – Cork/Kerry

Healy Pass

 Photo via Instagram: @morrisseyphotography

20. Castletownshend Bay


Photo via Instagram: @jeromvanrijt

21. Mizen Head Bridge

Mizen BridgePhoto via Instagram: @alan_brett

22. Gougane Barra Church

Gougane Barra

Photo via Instagram: @morrisseyphotography

23. Fields of Gold, West Cork

Golden Fields of West Cork

Photo via Instagram: @shaz_om

24. View to Crookhaven


Photo via Instagram: @daveol97

25. Dursey Island

Dursey Island

Photo via Instagram: @ibogalito

26. Knowen Hill, Dunmanway


Photo via Instagram: @tonygireland

27. Barley Cove Beach, Mizen Peninsula

Barley Cove

Photo via Instagram: @jjpowaa

28. Fairy Tree, Rineen Woods

Fairy Tree

Photo via Instagram: @Mrfruity2

29. Fields of Mizen Head

Mizen Fields

Photo via Instagram: @glarch

30. Sky Garden, Liss Ard Estate, Skibbereen

Liss Ard

Photo via Instagram: @plataform_a

31. Beara Peninsula


Photo via Instagram: @martaisarollingstone

32. Glengarriff Nature Reserve

Glengarriff Nature Reserve Photo via Instagram: @vobi7

33. Crimson sunset, West Cork


Photo via Instagram: @comeraghphoto_

34. Cycling on Oileán Chléire/Cape Clear Island

Cape Clear Island

Photo via Instagram: @todestinationunknown

35. Borlin Valley, Bantry

Borlin Valley

Photo via Instagram: @jc__photography_

36. Ahanafunsion bridge, Drimoleague


Photo via Instagram: @jeromevanrijt

37. Sunset in Schull


Photo via Instagram: @chili434

38. Three Castle Head

Three Castle Head

Photo via Instagram: @ireland_travels

39. White Horse, West Cork

White Horse

Photo via: @emmajervisphoto

40. Fastnet Lighthouse


Photo via Instagram: @kurtarrigo

41. Drombeg Stone Circle


Photo via Instagram: @chovahanis

42. Lough Hyne Marine Nature Reserve, Skibbereen

Lough Hyne

Photo via Instagram: @stephaniehorganphotography

43. Courtmacsherry Woods

Courtmacsherry Woods

Photo via Instagram: @juliaherreros

44. Charlesfort, Kinsale


Photo via Instagram: @s_wriggt

45. Baltimore sunset

Baltimore Sunset

Photo via Instagram: @grainneod

46. Dunmanus Bay

Dunmanus bay

Photo via Instagram: @mikebrownphotography

47. Dolphins spotted while ‘Whale Watching’ in West Cork


Photo via Instagram: @hot_hatch

48. Summer at Inchydoney Beach

Inchydoney Beach

Photo via Instagram: @eoghan_o_shea

49. Dromillihy Woods, Connonagh


 Photo via Instagram: @louisemargaret_

50. Kilcoe Castle

Kilcoe Castle

Photo via: www.dennishorgan.ie

Note: Please do not use any images for commercial gain without the consent of the photographer.

Can’t wait to visit us? There are a number of flights direct to Cork International Airport, explore your options here: https://www.corkairport.com

Compiled: G., Dwyer on behalf of the West Cork Tourism Steering Group (established Nov 2014) tourismwestcork@gmail.com

51 thoughts on “50 breathtaking images of West Cork, Ireland that will make you want to book a flight to Cork!

  1. Petra says:

    No 14 was taken in Baltimore but not by Sinead Konnolly. This picture was taken by myself on Dec. 2nd. Unfortunately I posted this to my own fb page where it was taken from. So, the credits are incorrect for this.
    Cheers, Petra

    Liked by 7 people

  2. dot Spendiff says:

    Beautiful photos. My friend asked me to research Skibbereen, which led me to the West Cork website. His father from there, my grandmother from Kells, Co.Meath. Hope we get to visit.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Michael McDowell says:

    I miss it so much. When I’m ‘home’ all of a sudden life gets a little less complicated and I can truly relax. I hope to introduce my new daughter Pixie to it beauty this year….

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Ber Nolan says:

    All are absolutly stunning with room for hundreds more this page could be updated every week. Myross wood outside leap village radiates peace and tranquillity

    Liked by 1 person

  5. T Crowley says:

    lots of wonderful places missed. …….. Like Coolim cliffs SERIOUS MISS, Dunworley Bay, Timoleague Abbey, Courtmacsherry Bay, Ring?????? But most of the ones included are great

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Theresa says:

    It is a heavenly place, an unexpected view waiting around every corner of the winding roads. The simple pubs passed by on the way provide excellent food and hospitality. A holiday in West Cork is time we’ll spent!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Tricia says:

    Beautiful locations, but some of these photos are spoiled by injudicious use of coloured filters, in my opinion anyway. West Cork is, along with the North West Highlands, the greatest place on earth.

    Liked by 1 person

    • visitwestcork says:

      Thanks for the comment Tricia – Instragram filters tend to ‘tropicalise’ photos alright none the less we are blessed to be located in the Rivera of Ireland 🙂 – must visit the North West Highlands sometime!


  8. sara haggerty says:

    Hi my name is Sara Haggerty. i am the designer of a new publication called Clonakilty Living, we are an internationally distributed magazine, twice a year, with our first issue out 26th June. I would love to use some of these beautiful images in our magazine, particuarly the golden fields and the stairway to heaven for a credit. Please, can you put me in touch with the photographers who took these fabulous images.
    For more information about this exciting new magazine go to facebook http://www.facebook.com/ClonakiltyLiving


    • visitwestcork says:

      Hi Sara, you can contact the photographers directly through their credited social media accounts (listed as active links under each picture). FIelds of Gold @shaz_om (Instagram)
      Sharon Hennessy and Stairway to Heaven @Mrfruity2 (Instagram)
      Eoin Milner. This is a non-commercial blog, but you will need to contact both directly to seek permissions to use images for commercial use. Thanks for getting in touch and we look forward to seeing the publication 🙂


  9. Carol Miller says:

    Ive been to Ahakista a few times and to me it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been and just love travelling to Bantry to the markets.


  10. Patricia Feeney says:

    What amazing views!…the home of my family.It is a wonderful place to visit…but how special it must have been to grow up there.
    To my West Cork family and friends..I miss you all.Most of all I miss my beautiful Mother and my Aunts .Uncles and Grandparents.
    Beara will always be home


  11. John Murphy says:

    Beautiful photograph’s, thank you, I was brought up overlooking Bantry Bay, left there in 1962 when I was 14, but still able to be homesick when I leave there after a holiday, and yes Kenmare is in Kerry but nobody said that the beauty of west Cork didn’t run into south Kerry


  12. Brendan Sliney says:

    Kenmare town is in Kerry. Kenmare BAY borders West Cork…
    West Cork sure as hell does not run in to south kerry.
    Great pbotos.
    Been singing the praises of West Cork most of my life.


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