Sheep's Head

The Sheep's Head peninsula is the smallest of Ireland's 5 southerly peninsulas and whilst it's inhabitants will undoubtedly advise otherwise it's claim to fame is that it's the home of the badly planned crime upon which the Young Offenders film is based. In January 2009 a RIB set out to sea to meet a yacht and offload a haul of cocaine. It was rough & stormy night. The yacht was several miles offshore so the lads in the RIB had to take extra fuel, however they took cans of diesel rather than petrol, oh oh! After refuelling at sea on the way back their RIB, not surprisingly, spluttered to a halt and was left adrift. They and their haul were overturned in the waves which then created a stampede to the coasts of West Cork as their illicit haul began to wash ashore. Strange but true. That aside, the Sheep's Head provides perhaps one of the most spectacular coastal routes around it's periphery. 

A gpx file for a suggested route is available via the blue link below and an interactive map is available at the bottom of the page.

Places of interest


A picturesque fishing harbour nestled on the south side of the peninsula and home to Arundel's by the Pier a restaurant with views that it's well worth stopping for.

Sheep's Head Lighthouse

A 30 minute walk from the car park but worth it to stretch your legs and admire the absolutely stunning views across the Atlantic. 

Heron Gallery & Garden

An artist's garden full of colour and quirky ideas along with a cafe where  delicious cakes and wholesome lunches from home grown produce are available 

The Goat Path

A twisty narrow cliff top hugging track that climbs over Mt Seefin, and hugs the coast to Bantry affording spectacular coastal views.

Eileen's Bar

A wonderfully traditional pub in the heart of Kilcrohane village, great beer, a roaring log fire and a warm welcome. 

The Tin Hut

Probably one of the most unique pubs in Ireland, a corrugated tin shed which houses a small bar but walk through and into what is perhaps the best located beer garden in the world.