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!
Immerse yourself in a five-day travel writing workshop on Whiddy Island and nurture your writing skills in a stunning West Cork setting
Adam Weymouth will be leading the workshop as part of the West Cork Literary Festival 2019. Adam’s work has been published by a wide variety of outlets including the Guardian, the Atlantic and the New Internationalist. In 2010 he walked from England to Istanbul as an exploration of pilgrimage.
His interest in the relationship between humans and the world around them has led him to write on issues of climate change and environmentalism, including the reintroduction of wolves to the UK. He was awarded the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year for his first book, Kings of the Yukon, a four-month canoe trip down the Yukon river and the stories of the communities that live along its banks. He lives on a 100-year-old Dutch barge in London.
Adam’s Approach to Travel Writing
I like to work slowly, in depth, immersed in place: walking from England to Istanbul as an exploration of pilgrimage; a two-month journey across Scotland to learn about the place of wolves in the country’s psyche; a two-thousand mile canoe trip down the Yukon River to try and understand the decline of the king salmon and the impacts on the people that rely on it. Over the course of the five mornings on Whiddy Island we will explore the place, its people, its nature and its history, and, just as importantly, we will explore our personal reactions to it. By the end of the week we will each have produced a piece of writing that should not only have enabled each of us to play with the myriad ways of approaching travel writing, but have given each participant a better understanding of their response to this unique and particular place.
Participants will be asked to bring a short piece of writing with them at the beginning of the week, and to read some varied examples of the genre that will be sent out beforehand. Through group exercises over the five days we will listen to and discuss each other’s work, and you will be encouraged to spend some time outside of the workshops to work on your piece (although not too much!) We’ll be guided by the weather, but at least some of the workshop time will be spent outside.
We’ll also be talking about what we mean by travel writing: where has it come from and where is it going; its critiques; whether nature writing is replacing travel writing (and what’s the difference?); what function does it have today, when it seems as though everyone has been everywhere. These are certainly questions I don’t have answers to, but I’m interested to talk about them.
There will also be some time set aside to talk about, and ask questions about, the practicalities of travel writing: how to pitch; how to get funding; finding a story; research methods, research ethics etc.
The travel writing workshop will take place on Whiddy Island and the workshop fee includes the daily ferry to and from Whiddy Island.
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Ceolchoirm Rúnda – a secret concert – is planned for Whiddy Island this summer!
Enjoy a secret concert on Whiddy Island as part of the Masters of Tradition Festival – a celebration of the very finest traditional Irish music. If you want to find out who’s performing, you’ll just have to come along! Booking is essential for this event, which is part of a series of secret concerts in interesting locations around Bantry town!
What better place to experience brilliant music than an island on Bantry Bay?
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