Destination guide

Seaside splendor in beautiful Bantry Bay

In between the Beara and Sheep's Head peninsulas in County Cork, Bantry Bay is a major waterway in southwestern Ireland. Several towns and villages line the shores of the inlet, including Bantry, Glengarriff, and Ballylickey, and the bay is also home to a number of islands. Visitors are drawn to the region for its scenic waterfront views and low-key harbor lifestyle, and you can find plenty of golf courses, hiking trails, and historic sites in the area. Your Bantry Bay vacation rental will put some of the most iconic Irish scenery right outside your doorstep.

Things to do

What's past is present in historic Bantry Bay

With countless medieval structures and tombs throughout the area, you can get a first-hand look at local history near Bantry Bay. At the nearby Carriganass Castle, you can explore 16th-century ruins beside the Ouvane River. Or you can head to the scenic Ballinvillon Gardens, where you can get a closer look at countless species of rhododendrons ad azaleas in a sprawling, landscaped park. For a unique perspective on local culture, check out The Ewe Experience, a funky, interactive art and sculpture garden that's sure to be a hit with visitors of all ages.


What to do on land, sea, and beyond in Bantry Bay

With so much scenic shoreline,it's no surprise that water activities are a big draw for visitors to Bantry Bay. You can find everything from kayaking gear to sailing lessons near your Bantry Bay vacation rental, and a number of outfitters in the area offer seasonal whale-watching tours, too. At the 741-acre Glengarriff Nature Reserve, you'll stroll walking paths through scenic, waterfront forests and striking rock formations. The town of Bantry is home to annual literary and chamber music festivals, and golf lovers can find a number of scenic waterside courses in the area, as well.


Cool, clement climes in oceanic Bantry Bay

Like almost all of the country, the area around Bantry Bay has an oceanic climate, which means mild, relatively dry summers and cool, wet winters. Average highs during the summer months peak at 66 degrees in July and August, while winter highs hover around 46 degrees in January and February. The area sees the heaviest rainfall between October and January, but you'll likely see regular precipitation throughout the summer months, too. Since the summers tend to be warmer and drier, you'll find the best rates for Bantry Bay vacation rentals during the colder, wetter winter months.

Natural features

Bantry Bay's sensational seaside scenery

An inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, Bantry Bay spans about 22 miles in length, and its shoreline is comprised of several bays, coves, and lagoons. The area around the bay is made up of rolling hillsides, and there are also a number of bogs in the area, too. In the nearby Glengarriff Nature Reserve, you can explore more than 700 acres of hardwood forest in the foothills of the Caha Mountains. Here, you can find native wildlife like stoats, minks, and pine martens, as well as countless species of local and migratory birds.

Can I find a vacation rental around Bantry Bay?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 200 vacation rentals near Bantry Bay. From 47 Houses to 9 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bantry Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Bantry Bay?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bantry Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Killarney: 437 vacation rentals
  • County Cork: 502 vacation rentals
  • County Kerry: 1,013 vacation rentals
  • Kenmare: 397 vacation rentals
  • Ring of Kerry: 968 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Bantry Bay! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Bantry Bay?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bantry Bay:

  • Killarney: 437 rentals
  • Kenmare: 397 rentals
  • Bantry: 130 rentals
  • Caherdaniel: 221 rentals
  • Baltimore: 77 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Bantry Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Bantry Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Barleycove Beach: 193 rentals
  • Kenmare Stone Circle: 566 rentals
  • Garnish Island: 473 rentals
  • Dunboy Castle: 391 rentals
  • Moll's Gap: 582 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bantry Bay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.