"Garden Paradise in West Cork" Bantry by WhispersWest

Bantry Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 32 photos

Not The Bahamas but Bantry

Palm Trees, semi-tropical flowers, no, you aren't in the Bahamas, you are in Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland.

The first time I came to Bantry, I wasn't sure where to look first, the bright blue sea beckoned me, the mountain streams sang to me and the mountain ridges called out for me to climb up and take a seat. It seemed that the sky and the landscape changed with every breeze, shifting of the sun and gilding of the clouds.

Bantry is divided into three main areas corresponding with the peninsulas i.e. The Beara Peninsula, The Sheep's Head or in Irish (Muintir Bhaire) Peninsula and The Mizen Peninsula. These extend south-west in the Atlantic up to 30 miles.

The climate is very mild with moist Atlantic breezes giving a medium to heavy rainfall. The influence of the Gulf Stream of warm sea water has a pronounced effect on the climate allowing the growth of semi-topical vegetation and foliage which can be savoured in the many gardens both private and public. The rest of the terrain is occupied by parallel ridges running through the various peninsulae to the sea - mainly in an north-east/south-west direction, valleys, hidden glens, hills, fast running rivers, woods and forests.

WedgeTombs, Stone Circles, A Glimpse Back

The Bantry Bay area is rich in sites of historical and archeological interest, from wedge tombs, which are thousands of years old. The Kilnaruane Pillar Stone, The Kealkil Stone Circle, the Breenymore Megalithes and the Ahakista Stone Circle being the more accessible near Bantry.

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  • Pros:Great for Walking & Cycling;Warm & Inviting Locals;Fantastic Gardens, Un paralelled scenery
  • In a nutshell:Ireland's Eden
  • Last visit to Bantry: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Nov 21, 2006
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