Sailing in Bantry Bay, Cork, Ireland

Best Periods:
Spring and Summer
Skill Level:
Best Wind Direction:
County Cork is situated in the South-West Region of Ireland and is the largest of all Irish counties. The climate here, like the rest of Ireland, is classified as a maritime climate, usually with cool summers, mild winters and abundant rainfall. Cork enchants visitors with its beautiful landscapes, historic towns and magnificent coastline. In addition, it provides a number of sporting and leisure activities to perform and remember forever.

Bantry Bay is a natural bay that is situated in County Cork. It is one of the deepest natural harbours in Europe, that extends approximately 35 km/22 mi from northeast to southwest into the Atlantic Ocean. The crystal clear waters of the bay, make it perfect for water-based activities, especially for sailing.

Explore the beauty of Bantry from the sea and discover its islands, including Whiddy, the biggest and most famous of these islands. Water temperature ranges from 7°C/45°F in winter to a maximum of about 15°C/59°F in summer and early autumn months. The best wind direction is from the west and the ideal swell direction is from the west and southwest.

The location provides several options of training schools, offering courses and lessons for beginners of the sport. If you are a novice sailor, you will find few locations, from which it is safer to make your attempts at boating. Last but not least, you can get involved as much as you like, you can help sail the boat or hire a captain.

How to Get to Destination

83.6km/52mi, 1h 19mins
Head east on Dyke Parade/N22 for Mardyke Street / Sráid Na Muirdíge. Turn right at the Mardyke Street / Sráid Na Muirdíge. Turn right onto Western Road/N22. Continue to follow the N22. Slight left at Victoria Cross/N71. Continue to follow the N71. Go through one roundabout. At the roundabout Sarsfield Road Roundabout / Timpeall Bhóthar an tSáirséalaigh, take the 3rd exit at South Ring Road/N40/N71. Continue to follow the N40. Go through one roundabout. Continue along N22. Turn left onto the R585. Turn left to stay on R585. Turn right to stay on R585. Open turn right to stay on R585. Continue to R584. Turn left onto the N71. Turn left into Wolfe Tone Square/N71. Turn right to stay on Wolfe Tone Square/N71. Continue to follow the N71. Τurn right.
Cork Airport,
86.5km/53.8mi 1h 21mins

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