Clonakilty (Irish: Cloich na Coillte ), often referred to by locals as 'Clon', is a small coastal town in West County Cork, Ireland, approximately 45 minutes west of Cork City.
Many tourists are attracted to Clonakilty in the summer months, probably mainly by the excellent and usually quiet sandy beaches of the neighbourhood. The population can swell by over three thousand in the summer months. Of course, in addition to the beaches there are many good eating places and lively pubs, often featuring traditional Irish music. The countryside is very attractive for walking and the area has attractions such as The West Cork Model Railway Village, The Michael Collins Centre, Lisselan House and Lios-na-gCon Ringfort. Many of the estuaries also attract bird life at low tide especially and at some times of year when huge flocks of waders visit making the area a heaven for bird-watchers. Curlews, Oystercatchers, Herons and many other species may be studied.
The 'Blue Flag' beaches of Inchydoney Island, linked by a causeway to the mainland and sheltered by dunes are particularly good for family holidays and for swimmers there is the nearby Simon's Cove.