Capital of West Cork, the thriving town of Skibbereen is a friendly town where people have time to stop and have a chat. 'Skibbereen' means 'little boat harbour' and the river Ilen runs through the town reaching the sea at Baltimore. Sea Angling and coarse fishing can be enjoyed by the visiting angler in a choice of beautiful fishing villages, all within 15 minutes drive of Skibbereen.
With has many great places to visit, superb shopping and a relaxed atmosphere Skibbereen typifies the best in a west Cork holiday.
Visitors to Skibbereen will find plenty to do in the evenings, with many pubs and award winning restaurants in the town. Skibbereen has a very musical tradition with many different music events each year and visitors will often enjoy impromptu sessions of live music as part of the lively nightlife that Skibbereen has to offer.
In Skibbereen there is something for everyone's taste with walking and cycling, scuba diving, sailing and watersports all available in nearby Baltimore. There is a fine 18-hole golf course within 2km of Skibbereen.
Skibbereen Heritage Centre commemorates the Great Famine and a historical walking tour of old Skibbereen visits sites which have direct links with the Famine.
A variety of festivals are held during summer months in surrounding towns and villages providing various attractions and entertaiment for the visitor to Skibbereen.
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