luxury self catering holiday cottage west cork ireland

West Cork Ireland

west cork ireland

Getting to Cork Ireland


Set on the remarkably unspoilt peninsula of Gokane Point with breathtaking views of Baltimore Pennisula, Lough Hyne and the Kedge Rocks, Trag Retreat really is the idyllic get away. It is the perfect base from which to explore West Cork, South Ireland, which is, renounced the world over for its stunning scenery and unique charm. The region boasts beautiful beaches, a wild and rugged landscape and traditional market towns and fishing villages, which have entirely escaped the commercialism associated with other tourist regions. Its charm has in fact attracted many settlers which adds a cosmopolitan dimension to the region. If you love your food West Cork really is the place for you with an eatery to satisfy everyone’s taste and budget from small gourmet healthfood cafes to world class restaurants.

Trag Retreat is located 1 mile (1.6 Km) from the safe and secluded sandy beach of Tragumna,which has attained the International standard of BlueFlag for Environmental quality. Tragumna is a sleepy village adjacent to the beach with its focal point the lively and sociable Public House(Pub) “The Skibbereen Eagle”. There is live music every Saturday night and has a distinctive character which hard to beat. The coastal road leading to the house is lined with the exquisite red fuchsia hedge being the traditional flower associated with the West Cork area and is a popular route with walkers from miles around. Two bicycles are provided free of charge to assist your exploration of the region. Trag Retreat is located adjacent to a designated Special Area of Conservation. The fore shore area around the house are internationally recogonised for their ecological importance and rare species of birds which are protected under the habitats and birds directive.

The ruggedness and tranquillity of the landscape guarantees a perfect escape from it all. The stunning scenery unspoilt landscape,relaxed way of life ensures that West Cork is truly a place apart.

West Cork's Towns & Villages

You only have to travel a few miles to visit some of West Cork Ireland's most interesting villages and towns: from quiet fishing ports to thriving market towns...


Skibbereen, known as the Capital of West Cork Ireland, is one of Ireland's oldest market towns. The town is still a favourite shopping spot with weekly markets, craft shops, art galleries and a supermarket known for its selection of quality baked goods and local meats and produce. Skibbereen is also home to many bars and restaurants, the West Cork Arts Centre and the Skibbereen Sports Centre.

Baltimore Ireland

Baltimore is a busy fishing and sailing port and launching point of ferries to Cape Clear Island and Sherkin Island, favourite day trip destinations for visitors to West Cork. The village is one of the area's main centre's for watersports with sailing, diving, fishing charters, etc. The village has many fine pubs and restaurants and is home to several annual events: Fiddle Fair, Seafood Festival, Wooden Boat Festival and the O'Driscoll Clan Gathering.


The medieval village of Castletownshed is steeped in history and culture with St. Barrahane's Church with its annual Summer Classical Music Festival and famous Harry Clark stained glass windows. Castletownshend's most famous previous residents are Sommerville and Ross, authors of "The Irish R.M." series of novels. The Warren Gallery @ Mary Ann's hosts exhibits of the works of Ireland's top artists, and the pub restaurant is considered one of the best in Ireland. The town also hosts an annual Maritime Fesitval, a celebration of it's sea faring past and present, still being a popular port of call for European yacht owners visiting Ireland.

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