|Traditionally this is a farming community, which in turn has led to the large number of artisan cheese makers and organic growers in the area.
Other speciality producers have been attracted here by the tradition of good food that has been built up and in turn contribute to the menu of savoury tastes on offer.
West Cork is also home to a unique collection of weekly Farmers’ Markets - held in towns and villages across the area. Because you are dealing directly with the producers, you can benefit from their unrivalled depth of knowledge about their products, and, of course, food tastings are always available before you buy.
With its long, rocky peninsulas stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean, fishing has always been an important aspect of the economy in West Cork. More recently seaweed products are being developed, both for culinary and cosmetic use.Local people are friendly and inviting with a laid-back attitude to life and a passion for conversation, story and music. People are attracted to live in West Cork from other parts of Ireland and many other countries; among these ‘blow-ins,’ as they are cordially known, are not only food producers with the heritage of their own gastronomic background, but skilled craft workers and talented artists and photographers.
How can you experience it? Well, it's only our advice, but don't try too hard, sometimes when you focus too hard on something you miss what really matters. As the New York Times put it:
"Ireland can be that place you missed as you travelled around Ireland,
looking for Ireland."
We know that essence can be found here in West Cork, along with the best in food, drink and company.
So, the sections listed here show just some of the highlights you'll find in visiting us.
Allow plenty of time, there's no rush, and this is a place of pleasant, accidental discoveries, a place where you never know what's waiting round the bend or down the street.
And be prepared to get sidetracked, that's another of the delights of being in West Cork...