Boutique

stove01Gallán Mór - designed, built and furnished to offer B & B accommodation with style, distinction and warmth.

Bed

bed03Simplicity and luxury combined to maximise comfort, privacy and deep sleep.

And Breakfast

breakfastOur food philosophy:
•    Simple     •    Seasonal  
•     Local      •    Fresh


short breaks and walking holidays for ramblers in west cork ireland

•    Walk the Sheep's Head Way - no crowds, no queues, just amazing scenery and a dramatic coastline.  The Sheep’s Head peninsula is a European Destination of Excellence and an award winner at the Irish Responsible Tourism Awards and its walk is what it is most famous for!  Choose from 20 loop walks across a 200km network of trails:  there are coastal loop walks, island trails and walks suited to all levels of fitness. Gallán Mór is also an ideal base for exploring West Cork’s three Peninsulas (Sheep's Head, Beara, and the Mizen, with its amazing bridge and visitor centre).  For more information, see  http://livingthesheepsheadway.com/category/loop-walks/
If running's your thing, don't miss your weekly parkrun fix. The run in Glengariff nature reserve is a real treat. The woods offer beautiful and varied scenery – try it and take up a new hobby!

 

•    Food Lovers – no famine, just feast!  Our unspoilt and ever-changing landscape inspires our cooks and producers to bring out the very best of what our food has to offer.  They have risen to the challenge to incorporate flavours derived from the land and sea using innovative ingredients such as seaweed, edible flowers, and herbs.  Delight in our delicious ‘Fruits of the Sea’ such as mussels, scallops, and prawns from Dunmanus Bay.  Many locals keep free range organic chickens whose eggs are supplied to many local restaurants and accommodation providers.   Our locally grown fruit and vegetable produce is second to none as there is no intensive farming in the area:  just small holdings and passionate gardeners.  So, eating out is amazing – for the best dining experience in West Cork, try Blairscove Restaurant or dine al fresco at Arundel's by the Pier.  Lunch with a difference; Manning’s Emporium or Heron’s Gallery and Gardens or, Organico, and The Stuffed Olive are great choices. For lunch and/or dinner; The Fish Kitchen or O’Connors Seafood Restaurant are also worth a visit!

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•    Artisan Producers – Durrus Cheese and Glenilen Farm are both located on The Sheep’s Head Way and you are very welcome to visit and see how the dairy products are crafted in situ at the Durrus Dairy.  Why not treat yourself to a baking course at the fabulous Firehouse Bakery on Heir Island with celebrity chef Patrick Ryan who has a regular TV slot?  Once you’re hooked, you'll never look back and the enjoyment of bread will become a whole new experience! 

 

•    Cycle the scenery – never far from our dramatic seas, the Wild Atlantic Way hugs the coastline all the way round the Sheep’s Head, so you can fill your lungs with our clean fresh air, taste the fresh sea air, and let the scenery lift your heart.  Bike hire available locally.

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•    Whale Watching the Wild Atlantic Way - Baltimore Harbour has been attracting headlines recently with sightings of basking sharks amongst many of the large sea mammals living in the oceans around West Cork.  Nic Slocum shares his vast experience with you and you will gain a whole new appreciation for these amazing sea creatures.  Contact: www.whalewatchwestcork.com

 

•    Island hopping happens here in West Cork too you know!  West Cork is home to a group of unique and characterful islands around its coastline.  Heir Island (also home to the Firehouse Bakery), Whiddy Island, Cape Clear (famed for its Storytelling Festival), Sherkin, Dursey, Long, Garnish, and Bere islands – each will give you a different perspective on island life and also a nod back to times past as in many ways they have not changed too much and many families can trace their ancestry back generation after generation. See http://westcorkislands.com

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•    The Ultimate House & Garden Experience in West Cork.  Well if you, like us, love houses with beautiful gardens then you'll find them here in abundance. It's worth visiting Garnish Island for the unbelievably scenic drive from the Sheep’s Head to Glengarriff alone. At the pier, the Harbour Queen Ferry awaits you to take you on the short journey to the island famous for its Italian Gardens and temperate climate fanned by the Gulf Stream.  The ferrymen will take you right up and close to the huge seals basking on the rocks (posing for photos!) before landing you on the island where the house has recently been restored.

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Closer to home, Bantry House stands proudly overlooking Bantry Bay. Climb the 100 steps and take in one of West Cork’s most famous settings with spectacular views.  The house is also open to the public and has lovely gardens and a café.  Take a guided tour of the house – daily at 11.00am and 2.00pm. 

Last but not least, the ancient and peaceful oratory at Gougane Barra has links to back to the 6th Century when St. Finbarr chose it as his place of retreat. This is a beautiful place to visit with its towering trees, dramatic hills, 10 km of hill walks, nature points and vista trails.

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•    Glamourous Golfing – Imagine playing in a movie set, except it’s real!  How often have you watched a film where people are playing golf in a spectacular setting?  Golfing won’t get much better than playing a few rounds on the Bantry or Glengariff courses with their stunning land and seascapes to make you feel invincible no  matter what the weather or your handicap. See www.bantrygolf.com and www.glengariffgolfclub.com

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•    FESTIVALS – Culture, Sporting and Leisure…for body and soul

•    West Cork Chamber Music Festival
•    West Cork Literary Festival
•    Masters of Tradition
•    Bantry Walking Festival
•    Bantry Yoga Festival
•    Sheep’s Head Walks & Runs
•    Sheep’s Head Yarn Festival
•    West Cork Stone Symposium
 

hiking and short breaks for ramblers sheeps head west cork ireland
Take a look at West Cork in these two video clips and you'll see what we mean
short breaks and hiking for ramblers sheeps head west cork ireland