The South West Coast of Ireland and West Cork can easily be considered as a separate region in its own right. It's starting point being here in Kinsale, the gourmet capital of Ireland, then running along the coast in a westerly direction to Dursey Island at the tip of the majestic Beara Peninsula. The further West you travel, the more you can't help but notice how this wonderful landscape and coastline becomes increasingly more wild and rugged. It is bejeweled with charming little harbours, bays, inlets and ports where boats of every type and design can be seen, from fishing and sailing to cruising vessels.
Here's just a few reasons why we think you'll enjoy visiting the spectacular cruising ground of South West Ireland. You can also find more news and information about our coastline on our blog.
Adult Sailing Course – Keelboat
Provides the first step towards learning how to sail a yacht. During the four sessions you will get a feel for steering a yacht, how to operate the sails and gain wind awareness, rope work and safety at sea.
No previous experience needed
RYA Start Yachting
The first step towards learning how to sail on a yacht. It's a great opportunity to combine an active holiday with learning to sail.
RYA Competent Crew
Build your confidence and skills needed to crew a sailing yacht under the direction of an experienced skipper. This is a practical sailing course at sea.
RYA Day Skipper
This sailing course will teach you the skills you need to skipper a sailing yacht within sight of land, as you learn how to manage and direct your sailing crew.
Prerequisite: Competent Crew recommended
RYA Coastal Skipper
This is a more advanced sailing course designed for sailors who are looking to advance on their current sailing skills.
Coastal Navigation Course
This course is a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new, inexperienced or rusty skippers and crew.
Mix of classroom & online classes via Zoom
RYA Day Skipper Theory
If you're new to sailing or power boating then this is the perfect course to learn about navigation. Upon completion, you will be ideally suited to participate on our Day Skipper practical sailing course.
RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
This course teaches you how your engine works, how to keep it healthy by using basic checks and maintenance procedures, and how to get it started again in the event of a breakdown..
Beneteau Oceanis 473 Available for Skippered Charter 2023 Season
Spectacular landmarks & remote islands
Experience unspoiled landscapes and traditions as you visit the many islands that are located off the coast of West Cork. With so many, you'll be spoiled for choice which to visit first. Some famous (such as Fastnet Rock, also known as The Teardrop of Ireland, the last sight of Ireland for emigrants sailing to America) to the smaller inhabited islands such as Cape Clear. These are really exciting places to visit so we've provided you with these links where you can discover a lot more about them...
Make new friends
The South West Coast of Ireland is one of the best places in Europe to see whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. With such a rich marine life, we're privileged to have a total of 24 different species that regularly visit our waters, including minke, fin and humpback whales, as well as Risso’s and bottlenose dolphins. On rare occasions white beaked dolphins, and even pilot and killer whales, also make appearances. Just make sure you bring your camera with you!
Rare bird sightings can be more common along our coastline as the high cliffs and rugged terrain provide a great habitat for a range of exotic birds, which choose to land here as they migrate from other parts of the world. Shearwaters, Corey’s, Manx, Sooty and the Great Shearwater, alongside storm petrels, Artic Skuas, Puffins, Razorbills and Peregrine Falcons are all regularly sighted.
With an abundance of art, culture and heritage, you'll find a vast array of historic homes and castles along the West Cork coastline, starting with St. Charles Fort here in Kinsale. As one of the largest military forts in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history.
READY TO SAIL THE IRISH COAST?
Choose from a sailing course, a private yacht, or a day sailing trip! Discounts available for groups.