Bantry is remote and surrounded by hills except for the 30 mile sea inlet that is named after it. It has a population of about 3000 yet is the biggest town for miles around. The setting is magnificent and it can make a marvellous place to visit if the weather is kind. The landscape gets wilder to the north and west, leading out to the even more remote peninsula of Beara to the west and over a mountain pass into Kerry to the north. In contrast to the landscape Bantry and the surrounding area has a mild climate and is well-known for luxuriant 'sub-tropical' vegetation.
Take part in the annual Bay Run half marathon in May, which is from Glengarriff to Bantry and hugs the coastline along the route. The route is an excellent chance to take in the spectacular scenery available in the area. The website is www.bayrun.ie
Go horse-riding through the scenic hills of West Cork at Bantry Pony Trekking situated in Coomanore Soutn, 10 minutes from bantry. In nice weather you get to witness stunning views of the Mealagh valley, all of Batry Bay, Whiddy Island and Bere Island, as well as the Caha mountain range. For more information see www.bantryponytrekking.com