Beautiful, beautiful Clonakilty! I spent a very happy week in this brightly painted and scenic little town. The shops down the high street were decorated in continental hues of pinks, yellows, blues and green and were as good on the inside as they were on the out. Full of good manners and a real desire to help, nothing appeared to be too much trouble. The river runs through the town and out to sea, via Ring, a large natural marina. This is usually very popular with fishermen and many local competitions are advertised. Drive a mile or so round Ring to the local beach at Incheydoney and you'll think you've found heaven on earth. A fantastic expanse of sand and dotted rock pools set in a glorious location. We went in September and the place was pretty much deserted. Apparently the locals don't bother that much. And speaking of locals, Noel Redding (member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience) lives in Clonakilty and plays down the pub occasionally. An added bonus. The local restaurant, An Sugar, won a national award the week we were there, but unfortunately we couldn't get a table to sample the wares!! A good base to explore the west of Cork. Friendly people, good and plentiful shops, excellent pubs and cafes. Can't wait to get back!