The Sheeps Head Peninsula (Muintir Bhaire), home of the Sheeps Head Way walking and hiking route, is the smallest of West Cork's three peninsulas and is in many ways the hidden or lost peninsula - sandwiched between the better known and larger Mizen and Beara Peninsulas and Dunmanus and Bantry Bays. In 2009 it won the prestigious EDEN (European Destination of Excellence) Award and in 2015 was named Destination of the Year by the prestigious John and Sally McKenna guides having gained a reputation among foodies who are drawn to the area by local delicacies such as Durrus Cheese and Bantry Bay Mussels. To quote, "a clutch of excellent places to stay and eat and an unparalled walking experience"

THE SHEEPS HEAD PENINSULA  (Muintir Bhaire) :

There are 3 main settlements on the Sheeps Head Peninsula.  Durrus is the largest village and is located at the gateway to the Peninsula.  Ahakista is the smallest of the 3 villages and is located on the south side of the Peninsula at Kitchen Cove on Dunmanus Bay.  Kilcrohane is also on the south side and is the last outpost being the most fartherly west.  The Goat's Path extends along the rugged north side of the Sheeps Head from Kilcrohane to the N71 near Bantry and has stunning views out across Bantry Bay to the Beara Peninsula. 



KILCROHANE (Cill Crochan):

Kilcrohane is the last village on the Sheeps Head Peninsula and is known locally as 'the holy ground'.  It is a charming coastal village lying under the shadow of Seefin Mountain and overlooks Dunmanus Bay.



Kilcrohane is not just a tourist or holiday destination.  It has an all year population that is served by a primary school, a church, pubs, restaurants, cafes, B&B's,  shops, a post office and art galleries.  There is daily transportation to the secondary school in Bantry and a bus to Bantry two days a week.  The mobile library comes to Kilcrohane twice a month and a GP from Bantry holds a surgery at the local health centre on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

AHAKISTA (Atha Ciste):

Ahakista is located approximately half way along the Sheeps Head Peninsula between Kilcrohane and Durrus.  It is a pretty wooded coastal village that has a deep and sheltered harbour that is home to both fishing and pleasure boats. 



Ahakista has 2 pubs, a restaurant, an art gallery with cafe and gardens, a B&B, a working pier, a small beach, a primary school and a church.  The Bantry to Kilcrohane bus passes through Ahakista on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  It also has a rowing club and the annual August bank holiday regatta and Graham Norton hosted table quiz should not be missed.

The Air India Memorial Garden is here and each June the local and international community remember the air crash of 1985 that resulted in the deaths of over 300 people.

DURRUS (Durras or Dubh-Ros):

Durrus is the largest of the 3 Sheeps Head villages and is located at the gateway to the Sheeps Head and Mizen Peninsulas.  In former times it was known as both 'Four Mile Water' and 'Carraigbhui' (Yellow Rock).  There is a disused grain store just outside the village which is reported to have been used as a refuge for children during the Famine.  In the grounds of Durrus Court, a fine Georgian house, are the remains of Cul na Long Castle - built by the McCarthys between 1601 and 1640.

Durrus village is a lively place with shops, bars, restaurants and B&B's.  There are 2 primary schools, a pre-school, an award winning garden (open to the public), 2 churches, a community field and hall and a children's playground with tennis court. There is daily transportation to the secondary schools in Bantry and Schull and a rural transport bus to Bantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The wild Atlantic Way - the longest scenic drive in Europe stretches from Donegal in the northwest down to Co. Cork in the southwest