The Sheep’s Head Peninsula was designated a European Destination of Excellence in 2011. The remoteness of this part of Cork, contributes to the wonderful presence of this unique environment, culture and habitat, making it extremely popular with walkers. The Sheep’s Head Way is a long distance trail which follows mountain tracks, goat paths and rural roads around the Sheep’s Head Peninsula.
This Wild Atlantic Way walk starts in Bantry along the Northern edge of the peninsula to a lighthouse at its most westerly point and back via the Southern coast. The trail is very accessible and well signposted, combining low and rugged hills, with coastline and sea cliffs. The trail can be walked all year round but is at its best from Spring to Autumn.
The Sheep’s Head Peninsula is a finger of land stretching 40km into the Atlantic Ocean situated between Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay. Bantry Harbour, naturally sheltered by Whiddy Island, is one of the oldest ports in west Cork and was a strategic landing point for an attempted French invasion in 1796. Bantry House houses a fine art collection (open to the public). Bantry itself is a bustling market town and remains the main shopping town of the south west. A famous farmers market takes place every Friday morning in the main square.