Skibbereen Area Beaches (Not To Miss)

Please note that while all beaches listed are generally considered safe for swimming, conditions permitting, lifeguards are on duty only at Tragumna. Please swim responsibly- never alone or in rough conditions. Remember to always respect the water. Some access road to these beaches are narrow, so drive with care.

Tragumna

A Blue Flag beach with toilet and parking facilities, Tragumna is a lovely beach for families of all ages. Just 6km from Skibbereen, Tragumna has lifeguards during bathing season (weekends in June and September, daily in July and August), and lifesaving equipment available off-season.

 

Lough Ine (Hyne)

Lough Ine (5km from Skibbereen) is Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve and the only inland saltwater lake in Northern Europe. Lough Ine boasts a lovely woodland nature trail and stunning views of Castle Island, and is ideal for kayaking, swimming and nature walks.

lough hyne

Sherkin Island

Cow Strand

Accessible via a ten minute ferry ride from Baltimore, Sherkin Island is home to two beautiful sandy beaches, Silver Strand and Cow Strand, and lovely views.

Silver Strand

Sandycove

Sandycove is situated on the coast road between Castletownshend and Tragumna. The beach is very small and sandy, and can be accessed by steps. Sandycove can be very busy during the summer, but is worth the visit.

 

Tralispean

A ten minute drive from Skibbereen along the R595, this small but picturesque beach can only be described as a hidden gem (no facilities, however). Tralispean is a beautiful sandy beach, and popular with families.

 

Squince Harbour

Squince Harbour Beach is located in Myross Island (access via causeway), Union Hall, and is a gravel beach boasting several rock pools. With a lovely view of nearby Rabbit Island, Squince Harbour Beach is an excellent location for both kayaking and swimming.

 

Ballyalla

Ballyalla hosts a small quiet stony beach with a pier, about three miles from Skibbereen. Beautiful when the tide is in, and ideal for the adventurous swimmer willing to take the plunge (literally!). Ballyalla is a very safe beach, with life buoys provided.

 

Carrigillihy

Located in Myross Island, Union Hall, Carrigillihy is a small stony beach with a beautiful view of Rabbit Island, and in the summer, of the many small boats that moor there. Carrigillihy is excellent for those who enjoy seaside walks.

 

Cape Clear

Located 13 km off the coast of West Cork and accessible by regular ferry from Baltimore (year round) and Schull (summer only), Cape Clear (a Gaeltacht region) is a remote but beautiful island. Full of scenic harbours and gorgeous pebble beaches, Cape Clear is ideal for nature and seaside walks.

 

My Town My Plan: Skibbereen 27th May

West Cork Hotel 7.00 til 9.00 pm on Mon 27th May  FREE

This is an open meeting for anyone interested in the future of the town. SECAD are providing supports and training to work with individuals and groups from across the town on a whole range of projects designed to improve the town and the networks and collaborations within it.  

See details here from SECAD and follow the link below to book your place.

To reserve a place, please call Nuala at SECAD on 021 4613432 or email noconnell@secad.ie

INFORMATION HERE: TRAINING EVENTS PAGE SECAD

“Would you like the chance participate in the process of planning for your local community? Join SECAD for the free My Town, My Plan training programme, funded through the LEADER programme and aimed at community group members and individuals who are interested in planning for their own town and surrounding areas.  It will run from Autumn 2019 in your town and will allow neighboring community members to discuss the future of their own area.  Groups can choose four of the topics listed below

Theme A: Enterprise and Asset Management:

Developing Community / Social Enterprise

Owning and managing community assets

Incubating and supporting the development of local business and trade

Future opportunities for retail and developing a retail strategy

Communities and Renewable Energy Production

Theme B: Social: Community & Volunteer Supports:

Designing an Age Friendly Town

Developing A Healthy Town Programme

Community financing for development of community services

Social inclusion in our town

Integration of new communities

Mental Health

Theme C: Environment:

Climate Change – How we can make a difference at a community / town level

Eco-Aware Town Design

Creating our Town Biodiversity Development Plan

The first meeting in May 2019 will be critical as it will allow SECAD & trainers from Cork Institute of Technology’s (CIT’s) Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence to shape your specific training programme to be delivered from September 2019.

We need as many people from different backgrounds, interests, ages and cultures to participate.  Please take this opportunity to become part of this important process aimed at sustaining your community’s vibrancy and resilience”

THE SECAD  MEETING WILL BE AT THE WEST CORK HOTEL SKIBBEREEN MONDAY 27TH MAY 7.00 PM

To reserve a place, please call Nuala at SECAD on 021 4613432 or email noconnell@secad.ie

INFORMATION HERE: TRAINING EVENTS PAGE SECAD

“The Future of Skibbereen” May 16th

An open discussion about Skibbereen and its future

The Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to an open discussion about our town at the

Eldon Hotel

Thursday 16th May

7.30 pm

Candidates invited

All West Cork candidates standing for the County Council elections next week have been invited to participate.

Come along and meet the candidates for the local elections and discuss their VISION for the Future of Skibbereen.
This will be an opportunity to think about what you want for the future and to start a discussion with those who would be our elected councillors.

Speakers and Topics

Invited speakers will introduce various aspects of Skibbereen and its future.  Tourism, jobs, the environment and the public realm.

Candidates will be asked to respond and answer questions from the floor.

Please come, all are welcome.

This is a chance to discuss our town and its future with our prospective County Council representatives.

SECAD training

This meeting will be a forerunner of the planned training in Skibbereen by SECAD

“Would you like the chance participate in the process of planning for your local community? Join SECAD for the free My Town, My Plan training programme, funded through the LEADER programme and aimed at community group members and individuals who are interested in planning for their own town and surrounding areas.  It will run from Autumn 2019 in your town and will allow neighboring community members to discuss the future of their own area.  Groups can choose four of the topics listed below

Theme A: Enterprise and Asset Management:

Developing Community / Social Enterprise

Owning and managing community assets

Incubating and supporting the development of local business and trade

Future opportunities for retail and developing a retail strategy

Communities and Renewable Energy Production

Theme B: Social: Community & Volunteer Supports:

Designing an Age Friendly Town

Developing A Healthy Town Programme

Community financing for development of community services

Social inclusion in our town

Integration of new communities

Mental Health

Theme C: Environment:

Climate Change – How we can make a difference at a community / town level

Eco-Aware Town Design

Creating our Town Biodiversity Development Plan

The first meeting in May 2019 will be critical as it will allow SECAD & trainers from Cork Institute of Technology’s (CIT’s) Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence to shape your specific training programme to be delivered from September 2019.

We need as many people from different backgrounds, interests, ages and cultures to participate.  Please take this opportunity to become part of this important process aimed at sustaining your community’s vibrancy and resilience”

THE SECAD  MEETING WILL BE AT THE WEST CORK HOTEL SKIBBEREEN MONDAY 27TH MAY 7.00 PM

APPLY TO SECAD TO ATTEND.

TRAINING EVENTS PAGE SECAD

 

Walks Around Skibbereen Town

ABBEY LOOP WALK
Moderate Loop Walk • Distance: 4.3bm
Total Climb: 60m • Time: 1 to Ihr 15min
Terrain: roadside footpaths, public part?, quiet roads & riverside walh.
Description: from trailhead at Shibbereen Heritage Centre towards West Cort? Hotel on lien Street, crossing Kennedy Bridge through O’Donovan Rossa Memorial Park to Marsh Road. Through Glencurragh and Curragh Road with gradual rise to high point with panoramic view of Shibbereen and lien Estuary before descending along a quiet country road to Abbeystrowry Burial Ground, site of an old Cistercian abbey and famine burial pits. Crossing the N71 and Newbridge to riverside wall? bach towards the Heritage Centre.

ROCK LOOP WALK
Easy Loop Walk • Distance: 4.5hm
Total Climb: 30m • Time: 1 to Ihr 15min
Terrain: roadside footpaths, public roads, off road path and town streets.
Description: from trailhead at Shibbereen Heritage Centre towards Bridge Street and through the old Railway Cutting to Mardyhe. Onto the Baltimore Road and bach towards Marhet Street before rising up the Gortnaclohy Road onto Chapel Lane. Passing two old burial grounds to High Street and then off road to Windmill Roch, site of the famine memorial with view over town. Continue down to North Street past the cathedral and the courthouse to the Relief Road and bach to the Heritage Centre via Hen Street.

COMPASS LOOP WALK
Moderate Loop Walk • Distance: 5.1bm
Total Climb: 50m • Time: Ihr 15min to Ihr 30min
Terrain: roadside footpaths, quiet public roads & town streets.
Description: from trailhead at Skibbereen Heritage Centre onto Upper Bridge Street and continuing as far as St. Patrich’s Cemetery. Turning up the country road towards Compass Hill with panoramic views towards Baltimore and Lough Hyne before descending onto Baltimore Road and going bach towards the town centre along Marhet Street. Passing the Town Hall and Maid of Erin Statue through Main Street to Bridge Street past the Canon Goodman Memorial and Abbeystrewry Parish Church and bach to the Heritage Centre.
See SU na Slâinte brochure

SKIBBEREEN SLI NA SLAINTE
Easy Loop Walk • Distance: 4.7hm
Total Climb: 20m
Time: 1 to Ihr 15min
Terrain: roadside footpaths, riverside c^rr–. walh & town streets.
Caution: All walhs are on public roads or paths. All walkers are responsible for their own safety.
Please be mindful of traffic and obey the rules of the road.
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CORK COUNTY COUNCIL
COMHAIHUCOKTAKCHOÊtCAl @ skibbereentidy to Skhibbereen Walks are developed by Skibbereen Tidy Towns with grant aid from Cork County Council and West Cork Development Partnership

Three interlinked loop walks around the historic market town of Skibbereen. Beginning at the Skibbereen Heritage Centre you visit the town’s
historic sites, climb the surrounding hills and are rewarded with panoramic views of the town and lien River estuary

Skibbereen Arts Centre

West Cork Arts Centre was established in 1985 in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. It is a publicly funded arts facility that creates opportunities for the people of West Cork to have access to, and engagement with, local and global arts practice of excellence.

It supports a multi-disciplinary arts programme with a focus on contemporary visual art . It is a resource and development agency, providing expertise and physical and human resources to assist artists, other arts organisations, groups and individuals to realise arts projects.

It is committed to exploring new and innovative ways of combating the challenges facing audience development and participation, and the development of opportunities for artists, especially in relation to those located in rural communities.

Currently WCAC provides a range of education and community programmes for adults and children at the Centre in Skibbereen and throughout the West Cork region. The unique and enriching opportunity to experience and work with real artworks and live artists is explored through many of its programmes. Our Artists’ Residency programme (Artists’ Studios and Dance Studio) offers Artist in Residence studio opportunities to artists locally, nationally and internationally. West Cork Arts Centre places education at the heart of its activities with a wide range of arts workshopscommunity-based projects, film screenings, seminars, talks and gallery tours on offer throughout the year.

West Cork Arts Centre covers the Skibbereen and Bantry urban and rural area which stretches from the Beara Peninsula in the west, to Clonakilty in the east, from Dunmanway in the north, to the islands of Cape Clear and Sherkin in the south. A considerable number of artists and crafts people from Ireland and abroad are living and working in the area.

Partnerships with other organisations and agencies are formed to deal with this geographical area and this is a vital strategy for realising the objectives of the Centre

The Islands

There are many islands to explore near to Skibbereen.  Across the harbour from Baltimore the West Cork coastline merges into the myriad islands and rocky islets known collectively as Carbery’s Hundred Isles. Each of the main inhabited islands — Cape Clear, Sherkin and Heir — has developed a unique personality through being separated from the mainland and its neighbours, if only by a few hundred yards in some cases.

The islands themselves are fascinating places to visit and the waters around them offer possibilities for kayakers, sailors, divers, wildlife-watchers and anglers. The best way to find out about them is to come here and explore for yourself!  Ferries available from Baltimore and Schull.

Lough Hyne & Visitor Centre

Lough Hyne Visitor Centre at Skibbereen Heritage Centre

Discover Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve and unique salt-water lake.

Find out about the history, folklore and formation of this renowned natural phenomenon at Skibbereen Heritage Centre before you visit the lough, (5km from the Centre).

Audio-visual on Lough Hyne shown in French, German and English.
Film footage of underwater Lough Hyne and its extraordinary marine life.
Learn about the long history of marine research at Lough Hyne since it was ‘discovered’ by scientists in 1886.
Explore its rich history and folklore – the O’Driscoll castle, its holy wells and the fable of the king with donkey’s ears!
Follow with an informed visit to the lake itself, (5km from Skibbereen Heritage Centre), with information on walks and other activities there.

 

Heritage Centre

Enjoy a visit to Skibbereen Heritage Centre, located in the award-winning Old Gasworks Building which overlooks the River Ilen.

Skibbereen: The Famine Story at Skibbereen Heritage Centre

Learn about the Famine of the 1840s when one million Irish people died and at least another 1.5 million emigrated.

Skibbereen became infamous as one of the worst affected areas in all of Ireland. The true enormity of this national tragedy is revealed through Skibbereen’s Famine stories.

Rediscover this era through exhibits, dramatisations and interactive stations.
Listen to the personal accounts of those who experienced the Famine in Skibbereen.
Take a ‘virtual tour’ of Famine sites in the town and hear the stories associated with them.
Follow with a visit to Abbeystrewry Famine burial pits (one of 3 mass Famine graves in Skibbereen) where up to 10,000 victims are buried.
Skibbereen Heritage Centre
Old Gasworks,
Upper Bridge Street,
Skibbereen,
Co. Cork,
Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0)28 40900
Email: info@skibbheritage.com
Website: www.skibbheritage.com