Things to do in west Cork
at the Glengarriff Eccles Hotel
West Cork Activities
The coastline consists of numerous tiny inlets and coves, dotted with sandy beaches and safe harbours. This is a great area for water activities including kayaking, sailing, diving, island hopping, bird watching, swimming, whale-watching or enjoying culinary delights in many towns and villages on this remarkable coastline. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly planted, there are many land based activities to explore from the nearby shops including irish art, woollens, crafts and designs including the renowned GlenAran, the stunning Bamboo Park to historical houses and sites to visit, Cycling, an abundance of walks to suit every need and even horse riding is on offer.
We have a host of outdoor activties we can arrange for you at Eccles Hotel. Borrow a bike from us at Eccles Hotel and explore the beautiful Beara region, we can even prepare a picnic for you if required. Take a hike around the nearby Caha mountains or the peaceful nature reserve or try picking up some bushcraft skills with our friends in Outdoors Ireland or join them for an organised sea kayak exploring the bay here in Glengarrifff. Ask at reception for more details on these activties.
If fishing is your favourite activity, you’ll be spoiled for choice here. Eccles Hotel is located at Glengarriff Harbour & Bay where there is an abundance of fish including Mackerel, Pollack, Skate, Dogfish and many others. For fresh water fishing, there is the stunning Gougane Barra or the nearby lake of Lough Allua, where there is excellent coarse fishing with fighting pike, bream, rudd, and perch to be caught with a pair of strong arms. Mana-made lakes at Carrigadrohid and Iniscarra hold large stocks of bream. So whatever type of fishing that interests you, we can advise on the best place to fish!
West Cork has a renowned food ethos thanks to our climate and its gentle generous nature. We boast many award-winning artisan food producers and chefs who are known for their culinary innovation and you can enjoy this great food in many pubs, restaurants, markets and food festivals throughout West Cork.
Take a short ferry trip, (keep an eye out for the tiger seals) to Ilnacullin / Garinish Island in Glengarriff to enjoy its sub-tropical Italian gardens and walks. Continue on the Beara Peninsula through the colourful villages of Adrigole and more, maybe even brave a trip on the cable car to Dursey Island, a well-known whale watching spot.
Whatever you’d like to see and do in West Cork…we can help advise you on the best local activities and attractions!