Skibbereen with a population of approximately 2,000 people 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.
The thriving town of Skibbereen is the capital of West Cork, centre for all the agricultural, industrial and tourist activities of a wide region. As the ‘hub’ of West Cork, it is the ideal base from which to discover the choice of beautiful fishing villages – all within 10-15 minutes drive. Baltimore, Glandore, Union Hall, Schull and Castletownsend – all quaint and remarkably unspoilt. There is also Carberys Hundred Isles, some of the islands such as Sherkin and Cape Clear just minutes by boat from Baltimore.
But Skibbereen, the town, has more to offer. When the Irish Famine took its toll in the mid 1800’s, the town of Skibbereen was one of the worst affected in all of Ireland, a fact testified by the mass graves at Abbeystrewry, where almost 10,000 are buried. This era is remembered in The Great Famine Exhibition at Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Follow the Skibbereen Trail, a historical walking tour of old Skibbereen and visit sites which have direct links with the Great Famine.
It was here that in 1889 West Cork's own newspaper "The Southern Star" formerly known as "The Skibbereen Eagle" was established. At the turn of the century this newspaper was to warn that "The Skibbereen Eagle" has its eye on the Czar of Russia! O'Donovan Rossa who was prominent in the Irish independence movement lived here.
Other attractions in the area include the West Cork Art Centre, a focus for many of the activities of the artists, craftspeople and writers who have come to live in this area. In the immediate area, there is an 18-hole golf course, game and sea angling, coarse fishing, walking and cycling, scuba diving and sites of international archaeological interest. Also nearby is Lough Hyne, Irelands first Marine Nature Reserve. Find out about the history, folklore and formation of this renowned natural phenomenon at Skibbereen Heritage Centre.
With 26 pubs in the town and award winning restaurants scattered all around, there is also plenty to do in the evening. For all you lovers of Irish traditional music, you will find lively pub session's going on in Skibbereen
Skibbereen truly offers the visitor an a la carte menu, with something for everyone's taste – great places to visit, superb shopping, excellent accommodation, a wide selection of pubs and restaurants and that relaxed atmosphere that has made West Cork famous throughout the world.
So now that you know about us you will have to pay us a visit!