Situated in the heart of West Cork in an area famous for its lush vegetation, semi tropical plants and palm trees, Bantry is amongst the most beautiful places on earth. Crystal clear streams cascade down mountainsides towards the azure blue waters of the sea. Woods give way to hilly pastures peppered with megalithic monuments and monastic ruins. It is a place of magic and wonder filled with mountainous ridges, hidden glens, misty valleys and vast forests.
The beautiful coastal waters are a virtual Mecca for discerning Yachtsmen, searching for adventure on the sea and spectacular backdrops by which they can moor. There are ample harbour facilities with slipways and cranage available by prior arrangement. The influence of the Gulf Stream means the waters are warm and create an almost sub tropical climate during the summer months.
There are numerous small sandy beaches to relax on where visitors can enjoy themselves in almost complete privacy and the maze of minor roads make the region ideal for carefree walks and cycle tours. The area has accommodation for up to 2,500 visitors ranging from major hotels to lodges, inns to private guest houses. There is also a wide selection of restaurants to suit all pockets and tastes ranging from fish and chips to traditional local dishes to international and gourmet cuisine.
For outdoor types, there probably isnít anywhere else in Ireland to match Bantry. Untouched and truly exquisite it holds mysteries and surprises at every turn. With the kind of hospitality traditionally associated with the Irish thriving throughout the region and a landscape many only thought existed in story books, Bantry really is a place of legends and much, much more.
This part of the south west coast of Ireland is dotted with islands, many of which are now uninhabited, perfect for peaceful sailing holidays. Others, including Cape Clear, Sherkin and Heir Islands, have ferry access to the mainland.
The Fastnet Rock, west of Cape Clear, is Ireland's most southerly lighthouse and marks the halfway point in the famous biannual Fastnet Race for yachts.
Castletownshend, Schull, Goleen and Crookhaven are just some of the West Cork towns and villages to which Inishbeg sails on day charters. On weekend sailing holidays, Bantry, Glengarriff and Bere Island are within easy reach. Cruising further north to the Skelligs and Dingle is possible if you have a week or more aboard the yacht.
Your sailing holiday in West Cork, Ireland will be aboard Inishbeg, a brand new Bavaria 50, the flagship of the Bavaria range. A 50-footer, Inishbeg is designed for comfort and performance. Accommodation on board is luxurious and the safety, communications and navigation technology is top of the range.