Durrus Bed & Breakfast, West Cork
John & Alice Hickey welcome you to their Durrus Bed & Breakfast Near Bantry in West Cork Ireland. Our West Cork B&B, Jo-Al, commands a majestic panoramic view of the surrounding countryside in West Cork. We are situated in a central location for exploring the rugged unspoilt scenery of the Southwest Atlantic coastline of Ireland, yet we are 5 minutes (walking distance) from the village of Durrus and a 15 minute drive from the town of Bantry with all its amenities.
This is a family home offering a traditional Irish Welcome in a most relaxed and informal atmosphere. Our accommodation will provide you on your visit to West Cork with everything and more you could desire, in terms of location, quality rooms and excellent service. Enjoy the B&B’s own private mature gardens which the guests can enjoy with its own seating area. You will arrive a stranger and leave as a friend. A Céad Mile Fáilte awaits you. A packed lunch can be arranged for visitors wishing to enjoy a walking experience around Durrus and the Bantry area.
Things of interest, to see and do in Durrus: just a short walk from Jo-Al’s Bed & Breakfast, in Durrus, include taking in a visit to the wonderful oasis that is Carrig Abhainn Gardens which offers a delight for all garden lovers, with its many bridge designs over the mill stream next to which the garden is located, not to be missed. Blairs Cove Restaurant famed for its famous fresh seafood and home-grown vegetables a short walk from our West Cork Durrus B&B. You can also visit Cronins Forge for their beautiful range of wrought iron furniture, lamps, tables, mirrors and chairs, and finally take a visit also to where the award winning Irish Durrus Cheese is produced locally in Durrus. Enjoy a drink in the local pubs, Sheeps Head Inn, The Longboat Bar, O’Sullivan’s Pub and Ross’s Pub. We hope you enjoy your visit and we look forward to meeting you.
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Sheeps Head | Mizen Head | Bantry |Ballydehob |Schull
West Cork is located in the beautiful South Western corner of Ireland and the region stretches from the Ferryport of Ringaskiddy westwards as far as the Beara Peninsula. The unparalleled beauty of the landscape is complimented by a multitude of attractions and activities catering for all interests and ages. Water-based activities are numerous with several clean beaches Blue Flag designated for swimming, windsurfing etc. Sailing centres dot the coastline and sea angling, scuba diving, and sea-kayaking are also on offer. Other activity holidays available in the area include golfing, fishing, horseriding and walking. Indoors, there is a growing number of hotels with leisure centres to cater for visitors in bad weather. So, there is plenty to do in West Cork all year round. Get out there and explore West Cork and if you cannot fit it all in one visit – come back again……. and again. Cheap Car Hire and quality cars can be booked from Airport Car Hire Network. City Car Rentals. and Ireland Car Hire.
Things to Do & See in Durrus and Bantry area:
Golf – Bantry Bay Golf Club, 2km from Bantry on the N71 to Glengarriff is a demanding 18 hole course, designed by Christy O’Connor, Jnr. (Length 5910m. Par 71). Near-by is a Pitch & Putt Course. There are 3 more 18 hole courses within a 20 mile radius and 9 hole golf courses at Glengarriff & Castletownbere. For golf enthusiasts there is an 18 hole golf course at Bantry; a demanding 9 hole course in Glengarriff; and three more 18 hole courses within a 20 mile radius.
Angling/Shore fishing – has become very popular in the area due to the large variety of fish being caught – conger eels, brown dogfish, spotted dogfish, cod, pollock, ray, skate, ling, and other varieties.For those interested in sea angling boats are available for daily hire. For the lake and river fishing enthusiasts there are two of the best fishing lakes in Ireland for brown and rainbow trout as well as coarse fish and there are six rivers which are noted for salmon and sea trout fishing. Licences for fishing can be obtained in the local fish-tackle shops.
Boating and Sailing – For those interested in sailing, boating, canoeing, and kayaking there is a safe anchorage and harbour facilities i.e. slipways for launching boats and yachts. Cranage is available but only by prior arrangement and adequate notice. Boat hire, kayak, canoes and skiboats are available at the Abbey slipway during summer months.
Archaeological Sites – The Bantry Bay area is rich in sites of historical and archeological interest, from wedge tombs, which are thousands of years old, to those of more recet origin. The area is dotted with stone circles, alignments and galluns. The Kilnaruane Pillar Stone, The Kealkil Stone Circle, the Breenymore Megalithes and the Ahakista Stone Circle being the more accessible near Bantry. Detailed leaflets and maps are available at Bantry Tourist Information Office or Bookstores.
Entertainment – The host or hostess in a place of accommodation will inform the visitor as to the locations of evening entertainment. As darkness does not fall until at least 10pm during the summer months night entertainment does not usually begin until 10pm. Then there is a choice of classical music (at Bantry House), modern, Irish, disco etc. With approximately 20 pubs and lounge bars the choice is up to the visitor. The local pub culture is still strong in the locality and the best places are known by your host – just ask anybody. The people of this region are the most friendly in the whole of Ireland.
Eating out – The greater Bantry region has accommodation for approximately 2,500 visitors. There are 6 major hotels, 6 family run small hotels, inns, lodges, plus a large number of private approved guesthouses which can accommodate from 4 to 25 people. Two of the hotels, namely, The West Lodge, Bantry and the Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff, cater for large groups and bus tours. In Bantry town both the Bantry Bay Hotel and Vickery’s Inn cater for smaller groups including lunches for passing tours. There are five hostels in the area as well as an award winning camping site by the sea. With food in mind there is a selection of restaurants to suit every pocket from gourmet to fish and chips outlets. Different tastes catered for include seafood, vegetarian, French, Italian, Oriental and the best of local cooking.