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Skibb as it is commonly known, is a bright, friendly, buzzing market town and acts as the gateway to Roaringwater Bay with its glorious islands including Sherkin and Irish-speaking Oiléan Chléire (Cape Clear). With lots of great restaurants, cafés and bars as well as host of accommodation options, including two hotels, the town is a great base from which to explore this part of the Wild Atlantic Way.  

The nearby coastal villages of Castletownshend and Baltimore are popular tourist destinations with locals and visitors flocking to both in summer. Skibbereen also boasts a unique salt water lake and nature reserve called Lough Hyne where water sports like kayaking are popular.  

The town's history is dominated by the gruesome effect of The Great Famine (1845-1852), in which over one million Irish people died, with Skibbereen often cited as one of the worst effected places in the country, thereby making a trip to the Skibbereen Heritage Centre essential. 

Getting to Skibbereen

Skibb is a 80 minute drive from Cork City and Cork Airport. The town is on the Wild Atlantic Way and the gateway to coastal villages like Baltimore, Schull and the islands of Roaring Water Bay including Sherkin and Cape Clear.

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