The town of Bantry lies at the head of Bantry Bay, a deep-water gulf extending for 30 km to the west. Historically the bay is famous for being twice entered by a French fleet; once in 1689 to support James II against William of Orange and again in 1796 to aid Wolfe Tone
and an Irish uprising. A storm dispersed the 1796 fleet and unfortunately few of the ships made it to shore.
To the northwest of the town lies the spectacular Beara Peninsula, while the Sheep’s Head peninsula with its 700km of trails and walkways, lies to the southwest. Bantry is a great stopping off point to explore the best of far West Cork
At the edge of town sits magnificent Bantry House, one of our great heritage treasures and a must-visit when in the vicinity. It has been in the White family since the mid 1700′s and the family are still in residence. The gardens were developed by the second Earl of Bantry, Richard White and his wife Mary. Inspiration was taken from their travels across Europe. The gardens contain seven terraces and the house is located on the third.