The Gaeltacht island of Oiléan Chléire is Ireland’s southern most inhabited island. It is a rugged place with antiquities ranging from megalithic standing stones to medieval castles, excellent bird-watching and frequent visits by whales, turtles and sharks.
There are a number of other Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas throughout West Cork and these include Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh (Ballingeary), Cúil Aodha (Coolea) and Cill na Martra (Kilnamartyra).
Summer colleges operate in some of these areas and as well as bringing students, these courses in Irish also form part of family holidays. Many overseas visitors to the Gaeltacht areas very much enjoy the atmosphere of the traditions of the Gaeltacht way of life and in particular participating in traditional entertainment including Irish music, song and dance.