Many of us would presume to know a lot about our beautiful nation and its sensational sites, but there are many hidden gems worth exploring across the country and West Cork is a great place to start.

No Place Like Home presenter Kathryn Thomas recently discovered the wonders of West Cork for herself from kayaking along the coast at sunset to experiencing the culinary delights of the idyllic southern region.

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From scenic stop-offs to adventures on the water, there are loads of options when it comes to enjoying your West Cork stay in style.

First things first, where to stay?

If you're searching for a unique place to rest your head at the end of the day, Inish Beg Estate is located on a small private island a few miles outside of Skibbereen, a thriving market town, and the picturesque fishing village of Baltimore. Inish Beg is run by Paul and Georgiana Keane, who took on the task of renovating the historic 19th-century estate before opening its doors to guests.

A range of self-catering accommodation is offered to guests at Inish Beg from comfortable and quirky caravans to courtyard cottages and woodland lodges. The venue provides guests with the perfect backdrop for any number of special occasions, from memorable family holidays to relaxing weekend getaways.

For those looking to explore, why not catch a quick 15-minute ferry from Baltimore to visit the stunning surroundings of Sherkin Island. One of Ireland’s most accessible off-shore islands, Sherkin Island has become a home for people from all over the world looking for a remote place to reside.

There are many fabulous beaches to explore on the three-mile-long island, with Silver Strand proving very popular with visitors as a place for a swim while looking out onto Roaringwater Bay.

The island has plenty of B&Bs for those looking for an extended stay, with a number of cute and quirky cafes providing sumptuous food offerings.

If an unforgettable adventure is what you’re seeking, Atlantic Sea Kayaking offers excursions across West Cork to give you a rare glimpse of the picturesque region from the water. Embrace a view like no other of the many points of interest along the West Cork coast, from the Old Head of Kinsale to the sheltered bay of Glandore along with the unique sights of Carbery’s Hundred Isles and Fastnet Rock.

The Moonlight-Starlight Experience in particular provides for a one-of-a-kind experience as you travel on the water at sunset, guided along by the moon and stars.

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Foodies should make a point of stopping off in Ballydehob, an idyllic coastal town with countless restaurants and cafes offering a wide range of tasty cuisine.

Levis Corner House in Ballydehob has been run by the same family for over 100 years and is a hot spot for tourists and locals alike for great live music and a lively atmosphere. The pub hosts a weekly local fruit and vegetable market from its traditional grocery shop and currently houses a pop-up bakery, and if that wasn’t enough to entice you into popping in for a visit, the popular Bia Rebel Ramen noodle food truck has set up shop out the back.

For some good old-fashioned sightseeing, it doesn’t get much more spectacular than the views offered at Mizen Head - Ireland’s most southerly point. The viewing point at Mizen Head is open daily with tickets available to buy on arrival at the Visitor Centre.

Stroll across the famed Mizen Bridge to glimpse the wonders of the historic location in all its glory. Take in the breathtaking sea views at the iconic landmark as you explore the incredible surroundings along the scenic coastal driving route on the Wild Atlantic Way.

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For foodies, thrill-seekers or those looking to relax and unwind in a calm and serene location, West Cork is the perfect choice for an extraordinary Irish adventure.

To Keep Discovering all that Ireland has to offer on a break, check out discoverireland.ie to plan your next adventure.

Watch No Place Like Home with Kathryn Thomas here.