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Hometown Guide: Clonakilty

The Clonakilty shop team share their tips for what to eat, drink and do in town.

Clonakilty, in West Cork, Ireland, is a vibrant seaside town on the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way. Home to independent shops, award-winning eateries and perfect sandy beaches, our local shop team share their suggestions for a weekend in town.

Where to eat in Clonakilty


Bert's Restaurant is the ideal setting for a weekend brunch or family lunch. It has a welcoming atmosphere and attentive service that makes it a true favourite for relaxed gatherings. From fluffy pancakes to savoury delights, Bert's diverse brunch menu caters to all tastes. Bert’s Restaurant is a true gem, embodying the soul of Clonakilty's vibrant food culture.

Where to get coffee in Clonakilty

Stone Valley Coffee Roasters brews to-go coffee that'll perk up your day in no time. Whether you're into bold flavours or something mellower, they've got you covered. Each batch of top-notch beans is roasted with care, delivering a smooth and satisfying cup every time.

For a laid-back coffee experience that hits the spot, Stone Valley Coffee Roasters is the way to go. Their exterior is also a must-see, skilfully painted by local artist Deirdre Breen, whose mural adds an extra dash of charm.

What to do in Clonakilty

We love browsing at The Loft Gallery. This inviting space radiates warmth and creativity, with carefully selected artworks that embody the town's unique charm.

From vibrant paintings to captivating sculptures, each piece tells a story, offering visitors a glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry of Clonakilty. The Loft Gallery is a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts seeking to experience the authentic essence of this vibrant community.

 

Where to walk in Clonakilty

For amazing views, follow the Wild Atlantic Way to Long Strand, a mile of sand edged by waves of dunes. It’s the perfect place to stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh Atlantic air.

From here, you can take a scenic walk out to Galley Head Lighthouse. The lighthouse sits at the most southerly point on the picturesque headland of Dundeady Island. It was built in 1875 and, when it was first constructed, it was the most powerful lighthouse in the world . After a well-deserved walk, reward yourself with some fresh fish and chips at The Fish Basket overlooking Long Strand Beach.

If you’re visiting town, you can find our Clonakilty shop on the Pearse Street. Stop by and speak to our friendly team, who’d be happy to provide more recommendations for your trip.

 

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