Sheep’s Head Named as Destination of the Year

Walking the Sheep's Head Way

West Cork’s Sheep’s Head peninsula has been named as ‘Destination of the Year’ by the prestigious John and Sally McKenna Guides.

The McKennas – authors of the hugely successful Where to Eat and Stay On the Wild Atlantic Way Guide – have established themselves as experts on the food and experiences on offer along the popular Wild Atlantic Way touring route.

For 2015, the McKennas have singled out the Sheep’s Head peninsula as a must-see destination and praise the great food on offer along the Sheep’s Head Way, as well as the quality of the activity tourism on offer in the area.
“With a clutch of excellent places to stay and eat, the Sheep’s Head is recognised as a great destination that offers unparalleled walking experiences,” explain the McKennas.

The Sheep’s Head – designated as a European Destination of Excellence for Sustainable Tourism in 2009 – is home to a world-renowned 88km coastal walking route. Hikers, cyclists and sailors from across the world are drawn to this genuinely unspoilt and peaceful peninsula which sits between its better-known neighbours – the Mizen and the Beara peninsulas – offering fantastic views over Dunmanus and Bantry Bays as well as the West Cork islands.

While the Sheep’s Head has traditionally been the least-visited of the three West Cork peninsulas, in recent years it has developed a great reputation with foodies who are drawn to the area by local delicacies like Durrus Cheese, Bantry Bay mussels, and Glenilen butters and yoghurts, all produced along the walking route which reaches from the tip of the Sheep’s Head peninsula to Gougane Barra.

Great restaurants like Good Things Café and Blairscove House are also attracting visitors to the area, with Blairscove securing Georgina Campbell’s award for Outstanding Visitor Experience for 2015.

A growth in tourism along the Sheep’s Head Way, fuelled by the Wild Atlantic Way’s success, is also helping new businesses to flourish, and 2014 saw the rebirth of Kilcrohane Creamery as a home to both a restaurant focused on local food, and the Sheep’s Head Producers’ market and shop.

“The McKennas’ selection of the Sheep’s Head as their destination of the year is a great tribute to the community here, and to the thoughtful way tourism has been developed in our area”, says Siobhán Burke of the Sheep’s Head & Bantry Tourism Co-operative.

“Businesses all along the Sheep’s Head Way are working together to create fantastic experiences for visitors, while preserving the wonderful environment we’re blessed with. It’s wonderful to see that those efforts are being rewarded.”

“The Wild Atlantic Way has been a welcome boost, helping to draw visitors out to areas like ours,” adds John Tobin, chair of the tourism co-op. “An award like this shows that communities along the Western seaboard can really benefit from that boost when they celebrate what makes them unique.”

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Contact: Siobhán Burke – Tel. 086 303 0991

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