Union Hall is a picturesque fishing town in West Cork. A huge white church, a sort of gateway to Union Hall, dominates the entrance to town. The summertime streets were crowded with kids and bicycles, their parents walking after them - it seems like a quiet, family place.
There are loads of hidden, archaeological pockets to explore around here. Lots of pretty place along the water; this is a good place to check out by car.
What to See and Do
Angling and deep-sea fishing are popular in this seafaring village, as well as diving, canoeing, and skiing. Follow the signs to Ross Pier, a road that goes south along the peninsula, through farmland to a very picturesque spot along the water. Watch swans feeding, explore a colorful boatyard of dried up vessels, and look at Castletownshend across the water. Drive out on the peninsula -- follow the signs to Myross, going over a bridge to another harbor at the east end of the peninsula. Visit Drombeg Stone Circle, northeast of Union Hall, outside of Glandore. Visit Rineen Park, a sea bay with pretty trails around the edge and wooden benches to sit amidst purple flowers. The Dromillihy forest park is a good place to walk and get the blood flowing, on the N71 road to Leap. See fisherman bringing in their catch at the pier back in town. Education yourself about the history of the area at the Ceim Hill Museum. The Union Hall Community Centre has Irish Dancing for children on Wednesdays and adults on Fridays. The Shamrock Bar has discos on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Where to Eat and Drink
Marinero's fine food and coffee house serves lunch, tea, and dinner. Open every day, with lunches such as beef stifado with oven-roasted potatoes. Expect fresh, home baked scones and gourmet coffees. Dinty's Bar is the local pub and looks like a fun hang out. Casey's Bar serves fresh seafood, pulled in locally.
Where to Sleep
Boatman's Inn on Main Street in town. Maria's Schoolhouse is a quaint, converted schoolhouse on the edge of town. The Seascape B&B is right by the water. Or rent a Pier Holiday Home for your entire family.
How to get there
By car :
From Castletownshend, take L4221 east to Union Hall.
From Rosscarbery, take R597 west through Glandore to Union Hall.
See www.buseireann.ie website for all current travel details and restrictions.
When to go
April through October, when the days are longer and the sun more likely to show. Visit the Holy Well dedicated to St. Brigid on the first day of February. Irish Basketmakers Fair and Sale in May.