Skibbereen Map and Tourist Information
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Skibbereen is the capital of the Carberies and is a most progressive town. The town developed on the banks of the river Ilen just where the river turns to flow in a westerly direction towards the sea. This town was one of many in Ireland, which suffered very badly during the period of the Irish Famine in the 1840's. The Famine plot survives today in the Abbey Cemetery west of town and Skibbereen Heritage Centre has a full exhibit on this important era.
SKIBBEREEN HERITAGE CENTRE
Skibbereen Heritage Centre in the award winning, beautifully restored riverside Old Gasworks building, features the Great Famine Exhibit and the Lough Hyne Visitor Centre. Also offers genealogy information, archaeology trail, wildlife of River Ilen, gift shop, adjacent car parking and full wheelchair access, and a great welcome!
CANNON GOODMAN STATUE
Canon Goodman Statue - Located in the grounds of the Church of Ireland. A life sized statue of Canon James Goodman. Canon Goodman (1828-1896) was a collector of Irish music, a Professor of the Irish language and
was Rector of Abbeystrewry Parish over a 29 year period.
Lough Hyne - Off the road to Baltimore, Lough Hyne, Ireland's first Marine Nature Reserve, is a salt water lake fed by the sea by a narrow tidal channel known as The Rapids. It nestles in fold of hills 5km south west of Skibbereen, just off the Baltimore road. An area rich in plants and animals, there is a hill walk with magnificent views, as well as lake side roads for easier strolls. Rich in history and heritage, the Lough Hyne Visitor Centre at Skibbereen Heritage is recommended prior to a visit to the lake for an informed experience of this unique area.
Places to Visit in West Cork
LISS ARD ESTATE
The perfect venue for romantic getaways, weddings and retreats. Visit the enchanting woodlands, the Irish Sky Garden by James Turrell, and enjoy afternoon tea or an evening meal in our new restaurant.
WHALE & DOLPHIN WATCHING IN WEST CORK
Come aboard our fast and well equipped catamaran Voyager, for a whale and dolphin watching trip around the beautiful islands and headlands off the West Cork coast. Enjoy a truly close up view of the whales, dolphins and porpoises that frequent this unique environment. Tel: Nic on 00353 86 120 0027.
The Islands of West Cork
Bere Island is the largest of the West Cork islands. The island was a former British military base and a number of forts survive from those times.
Cape Clear Island - Ireland's southernmost island and is one of the surviving Irish language speaking areas in the south west of Ireland.
Sherkin Island - is located in the beautiful Roaringwater Bay and is the second largest of Carbery's Hundred Isles.
Heir Island - Is one of Carbery's Hundred Isles that lie scattered throughout Roaring Water Bay and beyond. It has an incredible diversity of landscape for such a small island.
Dursey Island is located at the extreme south -westerly tip of the Beara Peninsula. Access is by the only cable car in Ireland, a dramatic experience as it carries you across the spectacular Dursey sound.
Whiddy Island - is located in Bantry Bay, which is one of the world's finest deep water harbours.
Long Island - close to the seaside town of Schull.