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Activities - Things to do in West Cork

Courtmacsherry is located in West Cork where there are a number of different activities that will keep you entertained for hours on end. From lovely beaches, fishing to horse riding this place has got it all and caters for all tastes families, young and old. You won't need to travel too far for many other things to do in West Cork with golf, surfing, sailing and water adventures to name just a few, all nearby.

Situated right on the Wild Atlantic Way, Courtmacsherry Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the south-west coast of Ireland.

The Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest defined coastal drive. Starting in the North in Donegal’s Malin Head all the way to Cork’s Mizen in the South, you could visit Courtmacsherry at either end of your journey. This picturesque village of Courtmacsherry has some of the most dramatic and dazzling coastal views in the world!

If you are looking for an off the beaten track adventure, then Courtmacsherry is the perfect place to start.
There are 16 viewpoints of the area for people to see and visit – you can make a fun day out for the whole family by treating it like a treasure hunt – just print off the map – and match the numbered map marker on the first page to the name and description on the second page, and fill in the blanks! Hope you find the treasure at the end!

Gecko Adventures

Alternatively, if an outdoor activity or adventure is what you are looking for – Gecko Adventures have you sorted as they provide a training centre for windsurfing, kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding, summer camps, rentals to hen/stag parties. They are all fully trained instructors and can work with all levels of experience – so you can relax knowing you are in safe hands!


There are superb walks in the area for all levels of fitness, for the more experienced & adventurer, the Seven Heads Peninsula is a coastal walking route located on the coast between Kinsale and Clonakilty in West Cork and is a 42.5km loop walk whereas the Bluebell Walk is a short picturesque walk and is suitable for everyone and if ancient ruins is on your agenda, you might want to take the Abbeymahon-Courtmacsherry Walk which is an easy route of 7.5Km walk.

All walks are with spectacular coastal, rural and/or woodland scenery to enjoy. The walking routes are well marked, and maps are available locally. Wildlife is abundant in Courtmacsherry with otters, seals, foxes and hares often spotted on walking excursions. The area is renowned for fantastic birdlife.

Some of the local amenities include fishing, rowing, sailing and sea angling centre. In 2016, West Corks first ever community shop was established. A community convenience shop owned by local shareholders and run by local volunteers. The shop sells local produce as well as the work of local craftspeople. It is also the villages tourism information point. It is a vital service to Courtmacsherry.


Courtmacsherry Beach is just a stones throw from the Hotel. A perfect haven to sit back and relax.  The woods which form a back drop to the hotel, sprawl all the way to the sea and hide a few gorgeous coves along the way, many that are perfect for a picnic and a dip. The white sandy coves at  Broadstrand, Blindstrand and Dunworley are only a short drive from Courtmacsherry.  These sheltered beaches are ideal for family outings.


Courtmacsherry neighbours 3 beautiful Golf Courses, Bandon Golf club which is an 18 hole, Lisselan a 9 hole and Kinsale which offers 36 holes of golf. These Golf Courses are in close vicinity to the hotel (not further than 30 min drive) where our residents can enjoy a 10% Discount.

Golf Packages: Courtmacsherry Hotel will be happy to put together a customised golf package to suit your particular requirements to include Golf, accommodation and Evening Meal. We can cater for small and large groups and can offer a choice of Hotel or Self Catering accommodation.


Courtmacsherry a small fishing village situated 30mls west of Cork City has established itself as one of Ireland’s premier angling and Boat Trip centres. The clean Atlantic waters warmed by the gulf stream add to the prolific marine life and species of fish that live off our shores. The purpose-built angling boats the” Lady Patricia” and the” Lady Louise” were designed with the anglers comfort and safety in mind. The cruising speed of 18kts gives the angler more fishing time with shark and wreck fishing just 30minutes away. Dolphin, whale watching and scenic trips can also be arranged and we also offer our clients a fleet of self-drive boats for use in the bay. We cater for groups or individuals so contact us for your West Cork Marine Experience.


As an irish sailing association(I.S.A.) recognising teaching establishment you are assured of high safety standards and teaching ratios. All instructors are I.S.A. qualified and approved which guarantees you a high standard of tuition and safety.

Courtmacsherry sailing & Leisure has opted to use the new Pico Dingies. Laser Picos are extremely good boats for beginners as they would be easier to use than other boats which gives people more confidence in what they are doing and they are more likely to succeed.

We also have canoe lessons and canoes for hire. As well as this we use Pyranha Surf Jets which will give you hours of fun. The school also has a selection of wet suits and buoyancy aids available to rent. These are free of charge for people doing the courses. The base for all of these activities is the main Courtmacsherry beach located directly in front of the hotel. There are evening, weekend or weekly courses.


For families with small children, during the summer months, we organise a kiddie’s disco every Monday night at 7- 9pm and movie nights are on Wednesdays at 7pm at Courtmacsherry Hotel. We have a family fun day on the front lawn during festival week in the summer. There are a lot of activities for kids in the village throughout the summer from camps, water activities, orienteering and for small children, there is a playground.

The charming towns and villages of the area are also worth visiting with craft shops, restaurants, pubs, beautiful scenery, and places of historical interest to see. Glorious beaches are dotted along the coastline. This is truly a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a holiday and get away from the hustle and bustle of city living.

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