Schull West Cork
Schull a small but very attractive and lively village nestling between the foothills of Mount Gabriel and Schull Harbour. It is one of the most popular resorts of West Cork, especially to visiting yachtsmen.
Enjoy a walk down to the pier to watch the boating activity in Schull Harbour. If you are looking to get more involved in sailing and the many family watersports in Schull, Fastnet Marine & Outdoor Education Centre may have something of interest for you and your family members.
With activities ranging from Dinghy sailing courses, Keelboat courses, Powerboat Instruction and Kayaking & Windsurfing options. They also offer boat trips out to the scenic Roaring Water Bay and you may be lucky to view some seals, dolphins or whales enroute.
Boats can also be hired from Schulls Boatyard at Rossbrin Boatyard. If you would like to explore some of the islands off West Cork, just travel 40 minutes to the village of Baltimore from where you can take a regular Ferry boat out to Cape Clear or Sherkin Island & Heir Island.
You can also enjoy a Ferry Boat trip out from Schull around the Fastnet Rock, a stunning trip. While Schull does not have a beach itself there are lots of Bays and Coves to enjoy such as Roaring Water Bay, Toormore Bay, Dunmanus Bay, Bantry Bay, some great beaches can be found at Barley Cove, Goleen and Crookhaven.
If there are walkers in your group they will be pleasantly surprised with some wonderful walks all locally Colla Ring and the Mount Gabriel area of Schull
Also just 50 minutes drive to the scenic Mizen Peninsula and take in a visit to Mizen Head Visitor Centre, including walking the Beara Way, and the Sheeps Head Way & the Lough Hyne area. Along with wonderful walking opportunities, Birdwatching and water activities are all available on the islands of Cape Clear and Sherkin Island.
Schull village has a range of craft, book and local food shops, pubs and cafes for you to choose from, lots to keep you exploring and you will eat well in this corner of Ireland! It is a good place to search out your ceramic sculpture, pottery, batik wall hanging a range of Irish crafts. Or just to take time out and sit and enjoy the comings and goings in this lively harbour village. Be sure and visit the local Schull Country Market held generally March through to September, every Sunday, for some of West Corks great local foods and crafts.
Visit Schulls Planetarium (the only one in the Republic of Ireland) where Star Shows are given during the visitor season, lasting roughly 45 minutes, for those interested in Astronomy, opening up the constellations to us all. The Planetarium is located on the grounds of Schulls Community College and the opening times from June to September (subject to change) groups welcome and suitable for visiting schools groups, or family outings, something for all the family.
Mount Gabriel rises above Schull village. The two large white globes on the summit, like giant golf balls teed up for some celestial golfer, are for aircraft tracking. On its slopes can be found the audits where Bronze Age miners worked the copper deposits. Some of the things they made - spear heads, axes and intricately fashioned ornaments - may be seen in the National Museum in Dublin.
Schull village in West Cork is just under 2 hours drive from Cork, whether you are hiring a car to visit West Cork or using the local Bus service you will enjoy the scenery on the way to Schull and the relaxed atmosphere when you get here! You will pass through the towns of Bandon, Clonakilty, Skibbereen & Ballydehob, so allow some time to explore or make plans to visit them on your return visit.
Schull Festivals & Events:
Schull Agricultural Show - July
Fastnet Short Film Festival - May
Schull Calves Week - August