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Skibbereen, County Cork

county corkThe thriving town of Skibbereen (Irish: An Sciobairín), is the capital of West Cork. The name 'Skibbereen' means 'little boat harbour' and it is a friendly town where people have time to stop and have a chat in the shops. The river Ilen runs through the town reaching the sea at Baltimore and offers salmon and sea trout game angling, from the town centre north for 5km. Sea Angling and coarse fishing can be enjoyed by the visiting angler in a choice of beautiful fishing villages, all within 15 minutes drive of Skibbereen.

With many pubs and award winning restaurants in the town, visitors to Skibbereen will find plenty to do in the evening. The town has a very musical tradition with many different music events each year and visitors can often enjoy impromptu sessions of live music as part of the lively nightlife that Skibbereen has to offer.

Skibbereen has many great places to visit, superb shopping and that relaxed atmosphere that has made West Cork famous throughout the world.

Skibbereen offers the visitor a vast choice of activities, with something for everyone's taste – walking and cycling, scuba diving, sailing and watersports are available in nearby Baltimore and there is a fine 18-hole golf course within 2km of Skibbereen. Ireland's first Marine Nature Reserve, Lough Hyne, is nearby.

Skibbereen Heritage Centre commemorates the Great Famine and a historical walking tour of old Skibbereen visits sites which have direct links with the Famine.

Tourism is a very important factor in the ecomomic life of Skibbereen and a variety of festivals are held during summer months in surrounding towns and villages providing various attractions and entertaiment for the visitor to Skibbereen.

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