Find out what's on across the West Cork islands with our online events calendar!Our events listings are packed with festivals, regattas, workshops, courses and more across West Cork's eight islands. If you're planning a trip to Bere, Dursey Heir, Cape Clear, Garnish, Sherkin, Long, or Whiddy islands, this is the place to find out what's on during your West Cork trip. Search our events calendar by date or category to find the experience that's perfect for you. A stay in West Cork isn't complete unless you've experienced a trip to the West Cork islands. So, head out to the islands, enjoy their beautiful land and seascapes, and immerse yourself in the very best of island life. Go on, get out there!
Join the Heir Island 5k Run on the first day of August
Suitable for all levels and abilities, this 5k Fun Run on Heir Island can be walked, jogged, or used as a test for your best time. You’ll enjoy taking in some spectacular scenery as the island offers you views across Roaringwater Bay, Long Island, Cape Clear, Fastnet and Sherkin.
The run starts at 1pm so make sure to arrive early and register. The entry fee is €10 for adults, €5 per child, and €15 for families. The course includes road and some off-road paths and is hilly in parts. It will bring you through the gorgeous scenery on Heir Island, just a short boat right from Cunnamore.
This event is open to everyone, whether you’re running, jogging, or walking, come along and enjoy the views. You will finish with plenty of time to stay and enjoy a picnic or get involved in the annual Heir Island Regatta.
Car parking is available at Cunnamore Pier and the Heir Island ferry (5 mins) will run continuously on the day. And do stay around for the Heir Island Regatta in the afternoon!
Every participant will receive an Active Islands Challenge t-shirt.
Entry fee in support of the Heir Island Community Council. The Fun Run is conducted in conjunction with the Cork Sports Partnership.
Watch out for details of the Seafood Banquet that will be held on the island on August 1st!
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Cape Clear is home to one of Ireland’s most distinctive and best-loved festivals: the Cape Clear Storytelling Festival
In 2019, the festival will run from 30th August to 1st September. It celebrates one of the world’s oldest art forms, and brings storytellers and listeners together for amazing experiences in the unique setting of Ireland’s southernmost inhabited island.
Cape Clear is situated 8 miles off the coast of Baltimore in West Cork. The stunning scenery and local folklore make this the perfect setting for this long-running and much-loved storytelling festival.
The event is one of the most renowned festivals in the world storytelling calendar. Each year it brings together some of the most accomplished tellers from around the world. The event gives visitors to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way the opportunity to meet the best Irish exponents of the storytelling art in an intimate and dramatic island environment.
Check out the event programme here.
You will need to book early to find a place to stay on Cape Clear!
Tackle West Cork’s terrain – island, bay, and peninsula – at the Bantry Bay Adventure Race on August 31st 2019!
The event will begin with a 5k run on Whiddy Island. The route takes in fantastic view across the island, Bantry Bay and the Sheep’s Head and Beara peninsulas.
Participants will then kayak a 1.5km route across Bantry Bay towards the Abbey pier where they’ll jump on their bikes for the final leg of the Adventure Race, cycling down a 22.8km stretch of the Sheep’s Head peninsula on the Goat’s Path.
You’ll make a final triumphant return to Bantry where you can celebrate your achievements and reflect on your Wild Atlantic Way adventure race!
Places are limited to 240 (210 individual places and 10 teams) and you can pre-register for the event at http://bantrybayadventurerace.com/registration.
Teams and Individuals
Individual participants will be joined by teams of three at the event, and the team element gives people the chance to participate even if they’re not quite ready to tackle all three disciplines this year.
Making the Most of the Bantry Blueway
The Adventure Race – one of the most enjoyable adventure races in Ireland – gives participants and onlookers a great chance to see the Bantry Bay Blueway and the Sheep’s Head cycle route being used to their full potential. The Blueway.
The Bantry Bay Adventure Race is raising funds for a number of local West Cork charities.
Last year, the non-profit event raised €3000 for deserving local charities and organisations, and we’re looking forward to supporting them again this year!
Prizes are available in the individual event.
€150 Edge Sports Shop Vouchers – First Place
€100 Edge Sports Shop Vouchers – Second Place
€50 Edge Sports Shop Vouchers – Third Place