Leisure Activities in West Cork

With one of our self-catering cottages as your base in West Cork you can indulge in cycling, golf, angling, horse-riding, diving, kayaking and whale watching to name just a few activities.


Cycling in West Cork is a joy. Uncrowded roads, little lanes, not too hilly and plenty of watering holes. Roycroft’s Cycles In Skibbereen hire bikes by the day or week and give you advice on cycle routes Tel: 028 21235.


There are several golf courses within easy reach of Grove House.


For the keen angler there is a choice of sea fishing (from boat or shore), game fishing for salmon or freshwater lake fishing.

Sea Angling

There are a few boat operators that offer angling trips out of both Union Hall, Baltimore and Schull

  • Iain O’Driscoll, Baltimore. Tel: 086 386 2876
  • Gerald O’Neill, Union Hall. Tel: 028 33510
  • Mick Walsh, Skibbereen. Tel: 028 21675
Game Fishing

The River Ilen is just 400m from our front gate and is a decent salmon river in spate. For licences and advice about best pools talk to Tony Kelly, the proprietor Fallons in North Street, Skibbereen. Tel: 028 22264

Lake Fishing

Shepperton Lakes, about 3 miles from Skibbereen in the Cork direction offer brown trout, chubb and roach. Again, Tony at Fallons will sort out your licences and you can hire a boat from the water keeper at the lakes (his house is signposted from the lake).



There are a variety of kayaking options available from Skibbereen under the expert guidance of Jim Kennedy (former Irish and British kayak champion). Jim offers half day trips, family trips and a super starlight/moonlight adventure. Tel: 028 21058 or 086 606 5973


There are several stables within easy reach of Skibbereen:

  • Rosscarbery Pony Trekking and Riding Centre. Tel: 023 48232 – ask for Annie
  • Bantry Horse Riding. Tel: 027 51412 – Heinz and Charlotte Wehrli

Boat trips, sea angling and whale watching

Blue Thunder Charters, Iain O’Driscoll, Baltimore. Tel: 086 386 2876