Clonakilty, or Clon as it is known to the locals, is a small town in County Cork, to the south of the Republic of Ireland. There is a good choice of self catering accommodation available in the town and in the surrounding countryside. Those wishing to spend their holidays in Clonakilty will find there tends to be more in the way of cottages and houses, as apposed to the villas and apartments you will more readily find on the continent and in hotter climes.
Due to the town’s reputation as being a real melting pot for musicians, a large number of visitors looking to spend their holidays in Clonakilty are drawn by its selection of live venues. Musicians and music lovers, both contemporary and traditional, flock to this town every year to attend the many live festivals held every year. Despite this steady influx of visitors, the town prides itself on its reputation for cleanliness, for which it was awarded European Destination for Excellence in 2007.
One of the first places of interest that those spending their holidays in Clonakilty will be looking to visit is Ireland’s famous Blarney Stone. In legend, one kiss of this inconspicuous piece of rock is supposed to bless the participant with great eloquence, or the ‘gift of the gab’ as it is colloquially referred. Holidays in Clonakilty are especially attractive to nature lovers, due to the area’s abundance of wide open spaces, which are home to a broad diversity of plant and animal life. A boat trip along County Cork’s long coastline, with its many peninsulas and islands, is an interesting and often thrilling excursion for those with good sea legs, whereas land lovers can explore the county’s mountains and peat lands.
Travellers looking to spend their holidays in Clonakilty should be aware that this region experiences a mild and changeable temperate climate. The summer temperatures will often reach the mid 20s degrees Celsius, whereas the average winter temperatures will reach around 10 degrees Celsius, but will very rarely fall below freezing. The region’s annual rainfall is very high at around 58 inches, so it is very important for travellers spending their holidays in Clonakilty to bring plenty of waterproof clothing and an umbrella!