Places To Go & Things To Do

Set in an idyllic rural scene yet also very cosmopolitan in nature, you’ll be hard-pressed not to have a good time in the unique atmosphere of Ballydehob and West Cork in general. There’s plenty of choices to fill your day, whether it’s a dip in the clear Atlantic waters, boat trips to local islands, horse riding, whale watching, enjoying the local social scene and it’s choice of bars and eating places, exploring the region and it’s wealth of art and crafts, or just chilling out and taking in the whole experience – there’s something for everyone.

Gortnagrough Folk Museum

West Cork is Ireland’s best kept secret, Ballydehob is West Cork’s best kept secret, and Gurtnagrough Folk Museum is without doubt one of Ballydehob’s best kept secrets! A private collection built up over many years by Leita and Tommy Camier, it’s an absolute treasure trove of antiquities reflecting local history and beyond – don’t miss it!

Opening times: 11am – 6pm (Monday to Saturday), 2pm – 6pm (Sunday).

Telephone 028 37274 (or Mob 086 356 3681) in advance, and there’s a small admission charge of €2.50 per adult, €1 per child, or €8 for a family on arrival for a delightful surprise!

Take the N71 (Bantry Road) from Ballydehob travelling north for about 4km, and take the left hand turn towards Gortnagrough / Glensallagh. Then take the 2nd right turn towards the museum.

Sea Kayaking

Enjoy yourself on the water with Atlantic Sea Kayaking. Great half day and full day Kayak Marine Safaris exploring the beautiful coastline of West Cork. Night time adventures and kayaking courses also available.

Atlantic Sea

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Whale watching in West Cork has reached a high point for whale and dolphin watching enthusiasts the world over, and in recent years over 12 cetacean species have been seen in the clear, unpolluted waters making it one of the richest areas for whale watching in Ireland.

Horse Riding

There are a choice of riding centres in the local area to choose from:

Ballycummisk Riding School. Derry Collins – Tel: 087 765 5993 or 086 731 6299
Dunbeacon Equestrian Centre – Tel: 027 61532.
Schull Equestrian Centre –

A great way to explore local beaches and countryside.

An Sanctoir

West Cork Holistic Community Centre set in 30 acres of beautiful unspoilt land, offers weekly classes and longer workshops in yoga, dance, meditation, and healing.


Stone Circle

Not far from Ballydehob, hidden in a beautiful landscape, are many pre-christian monuments: a magic stone circle, tall standing stones, a mysterious cairn (tumulus), ring forts and rare bronze age rock art.

Celtic Stone Monument Tour.

Island Ferry Tours

Sherkin Island Ferry from Baltimore.
Heir Island and Sherkin Ferries from Baltimore and Cunnamore.
Cape Clear Ferries from Schull.
Cape Clear Island Ferry Service from Baltimore.
Whiddy Island Ferry from Bantry.

Boat Hire

Rossbrin Boatyard
Schull Watersports on Schull Pier. Tel: 028 28554

Heritage Centre

The nearest Heritage Centre is based in Skibbereen in the beautifully restored Old Gasworks Building.
- Famine commemoration.
- Genealogy & church records.
- Census records & Griffiths Valuation.


Schull Planetarium

The only planetarium in Ireland – on its 8 metre dome the Carl Zeiss single sphere sky projector shows an accurate representation of the night sky from anywhere in the northern hemisphere.

Schull Planetarium


Cinemax Bantry – approximately 20 minutes drive from Ballydehob.

Leisure Centres

West Lodge Hotel – Bantry
Maritime Hotel – Bantry


Bantry Bay Golf Club
Skibbereen and West Carbery Golf Club
Glengarriff Golf Club

Nearby villages and towns