The West Cork History Festival takes place in the grounds of Rosebank, the former dower house of the Liss Ard estate, less than a mile outside Skibbereen in West Cork.

The Festival has two venues – the Arena and the Secret Garden – and each will have a marquee so all events will be under cover, just in case of bad weather.

Food and drink will be available at the Festival, and there will also be pop-up bookstalls run by two of Skibbereen’s bookshops.

The full address is:

Castletownshend Road
County Cork
P81 HF61

+353 (0)87 356 1871



Please note that due to space restrictions at the Festival venue itself, ALL parking for the Festival will be at the Liss Ard Estate Hotel nearby.

Signage on the road will direct you to Liss Ard. There are a number of car parks in Liss Ard itself and Festival stewards will point you towards the correct one. From the furthest car park, it is a ten minute walk to Rosebank where the West Cork History Festival is taking place. It will all be signed (and properly lit in the evenings), but please be aware that the path is rather uneven and some of the route is through a field.

Wheelchair users and others with mobility impairments should contact the Festival organisers in advance to arrange parking closer to the Festival venue by email at westcorkhistoryfestival@gmail.com or by phone +353 (0)87 3561871


By plane

The nearest airport is Cork (80 km away), but you can also fly into Shannon (220 km) and Dublin (350 km) airports. For directions from Cork Airport see below.

By ferry

Ferries from UK to Rosslare, or from UK to Dublin Port, then approximately a three hour drive from either to Skibbereen.

By car

From Cork City (and other points east )

Take the N71 west, heading for West Cork and Skibbereen; the route is pretty straightforward, and you will pass through Bandon and Clonakilty on the way. At Skibbereen follow the one way system to the Regal Roundabout with LIDL. Take the first left, following signs to Castletownsend, R596. All the parking for the Festival is at Liss Ard Country House Hotel, half a mile along this road on the right.

From Cork Airport

As you leave the airport complex (there are two roundabouts within it), take the third exit from the roundabout on to the R600 Kinsale Road. Follow this road for about three miles, before coming to a junction (a sort of oblique crossroad) at Fivemilebridge where you take the right-hand turn on to the R613. This leads you through a village called Ballinhassig. Pass straight through and as you climb a hill on the far side you will see a turn to the left to join the N71 which is the main road west to Skibbereen.

At Skibbereen follow the one way system to the Regal Roundabout with a LIDL on the opposite side. Take the first left, following signs to Castletownsend, R596. All the parking for the Festival is at Liss Ard Estate Hotel, less than half a mile along this road on the right.

From Rosslare

From the ferry port follow signs to Wexford, and then before you get to Wexford itself, follow signs to Waterford, New Ross and Dungarven (don’t go into Wexford). There is at least one toll on the road around Waterford. You will soon pick up signs to Cork City.

Public Transport

Buses run from Cork City to Skibbereen – further information and timetables can be found here http://www.buseireann.ie/


We recommend the following local taxi firms

Alwyn Harris 028 22296 or 086 250 4255


Blue Sky Cabs 086 8835725

Where to Stay

There is a wide range of visitor accommodation in the area, but it is advisable to book early.

The Liss Ard Estate Hotel is adjacent to the Festival venue.


The following sites have listings of accommodation:




And airbnb.ie currently has availability for the weekend of the Festival, both to rent individual rooms within houses and whole properties.