Welcome to the West Cork islands – seven inhabited islands and a garden paradise – strung like jewels along Ireland’s southwest coastline
They’re the perfect places to explore the landscapes, seascapes, and heritage of beautiful West Cork. Each island is quite different in character from the next.
Shaped by the Atlantic waves and their unique island histories, they are fascinating places to experience Cork’s pure exhilarating beauty and the drama of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Get out onto West Cork’s active islands to take part in the fantastic outdoor activities on offer. Check our our West Cork island walks, join us for an island parkrun, or refresh your senses at an island yoga retreat. And of course, the islands are the perfect place to learn to sail on West Cork’s pristine bays.
Arts & Culture on the West Cork Islands
The West Cork islands inspire creativity! Sherkin Island is renowned as the island of the arts and its a pleasure to take a stroll across the island to visit artists in their studios. The West Cork Fit-Up Theatre Festival travels across the islands each summer putting on outdoor performances that are a pleasure to behold.
Explore our Island Heritage
Check out our island museums to explore the heritage and culture of our West Cork islands. You’ll find island museums on Cape Clear and Bere Island, and there’s a small heritage museum on Sherkin Island too. You can engage with the island’s communities today by visiting a Cape Clear farm, or signing up for a breadmaking course on Heir Island.
Things to Do on the Islands
Planning a holiday on the West Cork islands? Get in touch if you’d like tips for your trip!