Here are eleven unmistakable signs that summer has hit West Cork with a bang. With over 550kms of coastline and boasting over a fifth of the Wild Atlantic Way, West Cork has so much to offer this season. Why not invite friends and family down to explore everything on our doorstep and welcome them to enjoy unforgettable experiences.
1. 99 season is in full swing
99s are a compulsory purchase hail, rain or shine, and an essential travel accessory visiting one of our 10 Blue Flag and Green Coast beaches this summer.
2. Our spectacular selection of beer gardens and outside benches in restaurants and pubs are full of happy visitors.
Beautiful manicured hotel gardens, sea front terraces, and patio beer gardens are hives of activity. Come to West Cork and relax taking in some of the best views in the country.
(Image: Glandore via Tripadvisor.com)
3. The welcoming red and yellow lifeguard flags are flying at most beaches.
Picnics at the ready, we have a spectacular selection of beaches and hidden coves for you to explore.
(Image: Tragumna Beach via www.blueflagireland.org)
…and every beach is heaven on earth
(Image: Red Strand via DunowenHouse.ie )
4. The islands are buzzing with visitors
West Cork boasts over 100 isles and has seven inhabited islands for you to explore including; Cape Clear, Sherkin Island, Heir Island, Garnish Island, Bere Island, Long Island and Whiddy Island all easily accessible by a short ferry!
(Image: Cape Clear Ferry via westcorkholidayhaven.com)
5. You will arrive upon a festival in nearly every town
West Cork is host to over 300 festivals and events this summer season, check out our event guide here for a full listing of events, you may be surprised what you may find! See here: West Cork Event Guide
6. Every town looks like they emerged straight from Bloom Festival
West Cork is renowned for its flower displays and our local businesses don’t hold back. Make sure you catch a glimpse at some of the beautiful award winning towns and villages.
(Image: De Barras Clonakilty via Clonakilty.ie)
7. Enjoying an evening on the water
West Cork has some of the richest waters for marine wild life, you can enjoy an evening whale watching on the wild Atlantic ocean. Why not experience sailing, and kayaking along our rugged coasts. A new blue ways initiative will establish recreational water trails for kayaking, canoeing, and other small vessels which is fantastic news for West Cork.
8. Beautiful Fuchsia, Gorse and Sea-pink are in full bloom.
West Cork is in full bloom and is a patchwork of colour – Who knew West Cork was so photogenic just look at Dunworley Bay!
9. Live music can be found in nearly every pub in West Cork
Explore a wealth of pubs and hotels in West Cork where you are sure to bump into a live music set at some stage. Open mic nights are common so bring an instrument and join the session!
(Image: Living the Sheep’s Head Way via livingthesheepsheadway.com)
10. West cork is in the midst of Peak Silage season
Keep an eye out for the pink silage bales this year as the Irish Cancer Society is undertaking a new initiative called “Wrap it Pink” designed to raise cancer awareness in rural Ireland as well as raising much needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society, adding even more colour to beautiful West Cork!
(Image: Hicksplanthire.ie & advertiser.ie)
11. All Social media sites are full of magnificent sunset photos of beautiful West Cork
Why not share what West Cork has to offer online? It is the he best way to entice visitors into the area, not that they need an excuse!
(Image: Baltimore Harbour, G.Dwyer, Castletownbere Sunset via Anne Marie Cronin @am_cronin via Twitter, & Charlesfort Kinsale via TripAdvsior.co.uk)
Article as seen in the West Cork Times : http://westcorktimes.com/