©

Skibbereen trip planner

Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free

Build your own package

+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Skibbereen

4.7
Ruins · History Museums · Bodies of Water
Skibbereen, is a town in County Cork, Ireland. It is located on the N71 national secondary road. The name "Skibbereen" (sometimes shortened to "Skibb") means "little boat harbour". The River Ilen runs through the town; it reaches the sea about 12 kilometers away, at the seaside village of Baltimore. As of the Census of Ireland 2011, the population of the town (not including the rural hinterland) was 2,568.HistoryPrior to 1600 most of the land in the area belonged to the native MacCarthy Reagh dynasty - today McCarthy remains the town's most common surname. The town charter dates back to 1657 and a copy can be seen in the town council chambers. In 1631 Skibbereen received an influx of refugees fleeing from the Sack of Baltimore. The "Phoenix Society" was founded in Skibbereen in 1856 and was a precursor to the Fenian movement.FamineThe region around Skibbereen experienced a significant famine in the years 1845-52, a time referred to as The Great Hunger or Great Famine (Irish: an Gorta Mór). The Skibbereen Heritage Centre estimates that 8,000 to 10,000 victims of 'The Great Famine' are buried in the famine burial pits of Abbeystrewery cemetery close to the town. While there is some question on the accuracy of census data from the famine era, records indicate a drop of population from 58,335 in 1841 to 32,412 in 1861.
Our Ireland journey planner allows you to schedule your trip to Skibbereen, learn about its attractions, and find out about where else to go during your holiday.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!
  • Build a trip
    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it
    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package
    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!
    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance

Popular things to do in Skibbereen

See all ›
©
Ruin
Drombeg Stone Circle
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
©
History Museum
Skibbereen Heritage Centre
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
©
Water Body
Lough Hyne
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Cemetery
Abbeystrewry Graveyard
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Skibbereen

©
Dolphin / Whale Watching
Cork Whale Watch Union Hall
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
©
Island
Garinish Island Glengarriff
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
©
Beach
Inchydoney Beach Clonakilty
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
©
Architectural Building
Bantry House & Garden Bantry
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Skibbereen

Church
St. Patrick's Cathedral
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
©
Island
Heir Island
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
©
Garden
Lis Ard Sky Garden Crater
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
©
Gift & Specialty Shop
West Cork Crafts
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Skibbereen

©
Farmers Market
Skibbereen Farmers Market
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Skibbereen

©
Art Gallery
West Cork Arts Centre
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nature in Skibbereen

Water Body
Shepperton Lakes
3.3
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Skibbereen

Killarney Trip planner BEST FOR: National Park, Garden, Waterfall Waterford Trip planner BEST FOR: Specialty Museum, Architectural Building, Biking Trail Cork Trip planner BEST FOR: Castle, Flea Market, Island Cobh Trip planner BEST FOR: Specialty Museum, Religious Site, Monument Kinsale Trip planner BEST FOR: Historic Site, Nightlife, Golf Course