The Bantry and West Cork character is considered the most friendly, helpful, outgoing, quick witted, generous and possessing the gift of unlimited conversation with a great sense of humour. West Cork is recognised as one of the last bastions of true Irish hospitality. You are assured a warm welcome.

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Bantry, in the heart of West Cork, is a region of lush vegetation, palm trees and semi-tropical flowers. Hemmed in by high mountain ridges, an azure blue sea and cascading mountain streams, it is a place of unparalleled beauty where the landscape changes with every mood of wind and sky.

In this breath-taking splendour of mountain scenery, hilly pastures, meandering streams, lakes and woods, where megalithic monuments and ruins of monastic settlements dot the country-side, visitors can find peace and tranquillity. The landscape is mountainous with parallel ridges running through the various peninsulas to the sea - mainly in a north-east/south-west direction. The rest of the terrain is occupied by valleys, hidden glens, hills, fast running rivers, woods and forests.

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The climate is very mild with moist Atlantic breezes giving a medium to heavy rainfall. The influence of the Gulf Stream of warm sea water has a pronounced effect on the climate allowing the growth of semi-topical vegetation and foliage which can be savoured in the many gardens both private and public.

The Bantry region is divided into three main areas corresponding with the peninsulas: The Beara Peninsula, The Sheep's Head or in Irish (Muintir Bhaire) Peninsula and The Mizen Peninsula. These extend south-west in the Atlantic up to 30 miles.

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Touring routes are numerous and include the breath-taking scenery of the coastal routes around each of the peninsulas, spectacular winding roads through the mountains, cliff-face roadways, and the unrivalled vistas of mountain lakes, waterfalls, fast running rivers, prehistoric monuments, ancient castles and Christian settlements, forts and stately homes with their majestic gardens.

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E Centre Bantry

E Centres, an exciting new enterprise initiative for Cork County. E Centres is a project of Cork County Council in partnership with both local business organisations and state enterprise agencies, to support start-ups, entrepreneurs, remote workers among others, and to provide best-in-breed business facilities such as training centres, conference and meeting facilities, hot-desking and other services to support businesses and communities in the Cork region.

The COCOON facility at E Bantry Enterprise Centre is located at Rope Walk in Bantry. The facility has 10 hot desks available along with a break out area and Meeting/Training Room.

This is a dedicated enterprise Centre owned by Cork County Council, located within easy reach of Bantry town and with ample available car spaces.  There are also own-door office and industrial units for larger businesses.

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Bantry is part of the Wild Atlantic Way which runs the length of Ireland's West coast, one of the wildest, most enchanting and culturally rich coastal touring routes in the world.

Stay with us a while and explore this unique landscape, its people, culture and history.

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