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Getting to Carbery Sailing

Carbery Sailing is located in the village of Ahakista which is on the southern side of the Sheep's Head peninsula.

Ahakista is about 4 miles south west of the village of Durrus and 15 miles from Bantry in West Cork, Ireland. Sheep's Head was recently presented with an EDEN "European Destinations of Excellence" award and is also on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way , an area of true unspoilt natural beauty.

Sheep's Head is a finger of land 25 miles long and no wider than four miles, the Sheep's Head Peninsula (known locally as Muntervary or Rinn Mhuintir Bháire in Irish), is set between the deep water bays of Bantry and Dunmanus: a visually striking part of the West Cork coastline. From the stony heights of Seefin Mountain to rolling pastures and sea cliffs, the peninsula offers great land and seascapes. The Gulf Stream flows around Ireland along this coast, explaining the presence of palm trees in the local gardens.

By Car

Sat Nav Co-ordinates:  N51.59991  W009.63220

The most direct route to Ahakista from Cork Airport is via Dunmanway. (100km/62 miles, 2 hours)

Take the Kinsale Road south from the Airport, down Black Hill to the turning at Fivemilebridge, taking a right towards Tullig Beg/Halfway. This is effectively a long slip road to the N71 towards Bantry via Bandon, passing through Innishannon. When you reach Bandon town centre, take a right at the main T-Junction for the inland route via Dunmanway.

Turning right at the junction in Bandon takes you over the river, immediately turning sharp left and following the road R586 signposted for Dunmanway/Drimoleague/Bantry. Having passed through Dunmanway and then Drimoleague, the road intersects with the N71 just outside Bantry.

You will see a signpost for Carbery Sailing on the road 4km before Bantry. Turn onto the R591 road sign-posted for Crookhaven/Sheep's Head Way which will take you to Durrus.

Along The Sheep’s Head: Durrus to Carbery Sailing

When you arrive in Durrus, which is a good place to stop for some last-minute food shopping, take the right fork in the village signed Ahakista/Kilcrohane/Sheep’s Head Way. Follow the coastal road along the south side of the Sheep's Head peninsula, until you reach the small village of Ahakista. Stop when you have arrived at Arundel's by the Pier. Arrangements have been made to use Arundel's car park.

By Plane

Cork Airport (ORK) - 2 hours drive approx.
The all-new Cork Airport terminal serves the south and south west coast of Ireland and offers connections to 33 European cities.  The Airport offers a range of car hire facilities from major rental companies (Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Irish Car Rentals and National Rentals).
Click here for detailed information on flights to and from Cork Airport.
Kerry Airport (KIR) - 3 hours drive approx.
Kerry Airport serves the west and south west coast of Ireland and offers connections to Dublin, Frankfurt (Hahn), London Stansted, Luton and Manchester.  The Airport offers car rental through the following hire companies:  Avis, Budget and Hertz.
Click here for detailed information on flights to and from Kerry Airport.

By Ferry

Fishguard/Pembroke - Rosslare (ferry port is a 4-hour drive from Ahakista)
Stena Line and Irish Ferries both run mulitiple daily services from the Welsh coast to Rosslare.
France - Rosslare/Cork
Irish Ferries and Brittany Ferries both run daily services from Cherbourg and Roscoff to either Rosslare or Cork.  

Check the website links for more details.

By Bus

Cork to Bantry, Bus Eireann 236 service from Kent Station, Cork. Travel time is approximately 2 hrs 30 min. 

Check up to date time tables on the Bus Eireann website or phone +353 21 508188. 

By Taxi

Taxi services from Bantry and Cork Airport can be pre-booked with:

  • O’Mahony’s Cabs, Kilcrohane :

+353 27 67095 and +353 86 8569159

  • Wards Hackney Services, Durrus :

+353 27 61476 and +353 86 8556189

Carbery Sailing specialises in beginner's sailing and Fast Track RYA Day Skipper courses. We also undertake adventure sailing cruises on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, Ocean Passages to Spain, Madeira, the Azores and the Canaries on a Hallberg-Rassy 46.

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+353 (0) 83 125 8714
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