It may sound like a fictional Irish village from some pisstake Hollywood movie, but Ballydehob in West Cork is fast becoming a popular foodie destination.
The recent opening of Restaurant Chestnut by acclaimed chef Robbie Krawczyk has only consolidated this fact, but there are plenty of other great reasons to pay this trendy village a visit this summer.
Here’s just a few:
It’s a foodie paradise
It’s no surprise Robbie Krawczyk chose the picturesque village for his latest venture Restaurant Chestnut – it already has a thriving food culture with local produce and homemade hearty recipes to be found on nearly every corner. Get lunch ‘made with love’ at Budd’s Restaurant, or stock up on healthy eats at Hudson’s Whole Foods.
Ballydehob is becoming a great foodie destination! #KeepingItCork
— Nicole Ní (@nicoleniri) June 6, 2018
It’s home to Levi’s Pub
A truly authentic Irish pub owned by the same family for over 100 years, the new generation have kept the pub completely up to date and thriving. You’ll find a great selection of craft beers to sip on to some live music. Perfect.
The stunning coastal setting
Nestled into the Wild Atlantic Way, you’ll never be bored in Ballydehob. There’s always something to see and do for water lovers – head out for a trip around the bay or see the stunning Twelve Arch Bridge.
Out and about on an evening trip around #roaringwaterbay #aughadown #ballydehob, we passed by #kilcoe castle & such a fine evening it is on the #wildatlanticway. Going by the #skeams now & heading home for #heirisland ???? pic.twitter.com/cmds5lvB5Q
— Heir Island Ferries (@HareIsland) June 10, 2018
The festival scene is buzzing
Trad music, maritime festivals – there’s a whole summer season of fun in the colourful village. This weekend sees the Fastnet Maritime festival take over the town with Sea songs, shanties, dance, craft market, maritime food stalls, workshops, sea songwriting competition, music in the pubs and main stage near Ballydehob pier.
The beautiful Kilcoe Castle is nearby
A stunning medieval castle owned and restored by Jeremy Irons is just a short distance away from the village of Ballydehob, overlooking Roaring Water Bay.
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Drone photography like this reveals the dramatic coastal landscape of West Cork. This lush region of the Wild Atlantic Way is home to sweeping hills, jagged coast and pretty islands – all sculpted over time by the elements. This shot by @bkinsella10 captures gorgeous Kilcoe Castle, near Ballydehob. #drone #WestCork #Cork #Island #KilcoeCastle #Ballydehob #WestCoast #WildAtlanticWay #WAW #Ireland #sea #instatravel #travel #LonelyPlanet #lp #holiday
The nature walks are breath-taking
‘Fastnet trails’ incorporate a whole system of long and short walks for nature-lovers, with jaw-dropping scenery along the way. The walks cover a total of 80km, so you’ll never run out of new trails to explore. Check out the Facebook page here.