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Skibbereen is a small town in the south-west of County Cork, Ireland

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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

Get around[edit]

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

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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.

  • Skibbereen Heritage Centre, Old Gasworks Building, Upper Bridge St., Tel 028 40900 (Fax 028 40957), [1]. Important exhibits on the Potato Famine as Skibbereen and the surrounding area was badly hit by the 1845-49 famine.

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There are at least two must-do's whether on a short or long visit to skibbereen. These are:

  • Night Kayak on Lough Hyne This is a spectacular experience on Ireland's only tidal lake. Set off from the northern shore and kayak in a clock-wise circumnavigation of the lake. Don't miss the opportunity to see the phosphorescence. Thanks to a combination of zero light pollution and temperature, the lake’s phyto-plankton light up like fireflies when agitated. The effect is most impressive on the dark nights from May to October. The nightly trip, offered by international kayak champion Jim Kennedy of Atlantic Sea Kayaking, costs €45 per person and takes two and a half hours. It is suitable for all adult kayakers, novice or experienced, and scheduled trips for families are also available.
  • myguideIreland-experience, Marsh Road, Curragh Commercial park, Tel +353 21 4655500 ([email protected]), myguideIreland. Historical Walking Tour starting at the town hall at 11am, 364 days per year this walking tour of the town explains many of the area's contributions to local, national and world history. From Pirates to Princes to freedom fighters, this town has many a story to tell. The tour takes about one and a half hours and costs €12.

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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.

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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

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There are two hotels in the town; the "West Cork Hotel"[2] 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.


  • Tourist Office, North St., Phone 028 21766, [email protected] Open 7 days a week from 9AM.

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