Discover the beauty and intrigue of this market town on a Bantry walking tour…
Meet your guide, knowledgeable local historian Hazel Vickery, for a historical Bantry walking tour. Discover the hidden treasures and hear about the colourful history of this vibrant market town.
More about Bantry
The Irish name for Bantry is Beanntraige. The name came from a son of Conor MacNessa called Beannt. Conor MacNessa was one of the kings of Ireland at the time of Christ. The ending ‘raige’ in the name means the people or territory of “Beannt”.
The Bantry region is divided into three main areas corresponding with the three peninsulas. To the north lies the Beara Peninsula, in the middle is the Sheep’s Head or in Irish (Muintir Bhaire) Peninsula and to the south lies the Mizen Peninsula. These extend south-west into the Atlantic Sea up to 30 miles from the mainland.
The climate is very mild, with moist Atlantic breezes giving a medium to heavy rainfall. The warm water of the Gulf Stream has a pronounced effect on the climate. This allows for the growth of semi-tropical vegetation and foliage which can be savoured in the many gardens both private and public.
More about the Festival
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival brings together a unique mix of food markets, demonstrations, competitions, dinners, brunches, and banquets, along with food-tastings, talks, exhibitions, children’s events and more!