Skibbereen can be reached from Cork on the N71 - approximately 85km from Cork. It can also be reached by Bus Eireann coach from Parnell Place Bus Station in Cork City. In summer there is also a coach service operated by Bus Eireann from Killarney
The town itself is small enough to see everything within the town on foot.
There is a taxi service with its base in the centre of the town but it stops operating at midnight on weekdays
Lough Hyne (also called Lough Ine) is located approxmately 7km south west of Skibbereen. It is a lake surrounded by woodlands and with nice bathing areas but no beach as such. The lake is an important centre for sealife as it is Europe's largest saltwater lake. The water at Lough Hyne is approximately 3 degrees Celsius warmer than the sea and is home to a number of Mediterranean species.
There are at least two must-do's whether on a short or long visit to skibbereen. These are:
The area around Skibbereen is well known throughout ireland for its fishing villages, hence the main recommendation is to eat seafood. The best restaurants are in these fishing villages incluing, Mary-Anns in Castletownshend, The Marine or the Glandore Inn in Glandore and Dinty's in Union Hall.
There are many pubs in Skibbereen, ranging from traditional Irish pubs to the more modern superpubs. Whatever your preference, most are within a short walking distance of each other in the centre of the town
There are two hotels in the town; the "West Cork Hotel" and the "Eldon Hotel". They are both old buildings although "The West Cork", as it is known locally has been renovated in the past few years. If you like to stay in a newer hotel then the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery is the nearest. There are also various Bed & Breakfast properties within and around the town.