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The charming coastal town of Clonakilty stands out for its colourful shop and pub fronts with traditional hand painted signs in Irish and English. It is famous for its award winning local food – try the Clonakilty Black Pudding - and its thriving traditional music scene.


Fondly known by locals as “Clon", charming Clonakilty will steal your heart away with its colourful traditional shop fronts and blooming flowers and plants providing a splash of colour along narrow bustling streets.

Clonakilty is known as the "beach centre of West Cork" due to the miles of sandy beaches, coves and inlets nearby, including the Blue Flag Inchydoney beach. It has been designated an Irish Heritage town and boasts many awards including Tidy Town's and Entente Florale. It is also the first official Fair Trade Town in Ireland.

Steeping in history check out the Clonakilty Museum with its display of memorabillia celebrating the life of The Big Fella, Michael Collins. Or journey back in time to the 1940's on a visit to the West Cork Model Railway village & Interpretive Centre, overlooking Clonakilty Bay on the coast road to Inchydoney beach.

All aboard the The Choo Choo train for rides from the Model village around Clonakilty town or Inchydoney Island.

A walk around The Lisselan Estate and its spectacular gardens will leave you spellbound. Keen anglers can get hooked on a salmon and sea trout fishing on the best private stretches of the River Argideen. The Henry Ford ancestral site is located here, with a number of vintage Ford vehicles on display.

Those looking for some water sport action try surfing, swimming, horse riding, cycling, walking, golf or tennis. And you must have your fill of amazing local food including the world renowned Clonakilty Black Pudding.

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