Quality Hotel & Leisure Centre
Phone: (353) 23 8836400
Fax: (353) 23 8835404
It seems that all the shoes in this shop have at least one thing in common – namely thick, chunky heels. Footwear for both men and women can be found here...lots of very heavy boots for the guys, and open-toe shoes and kooky boots for the girls. There are also some quirky dressy styles and some fun space-age sandals to be found at the rear. The main labels featured are Kickers and Gordon Jack.
This is mainly a footwear shop, though the somewhat limited range of clothes is increasing all the time. Stocking many leading brands including Clarks, K, Dr Martens, Caterpillar, Nike and Adidas, it's undoubtedly the best shop of its kind in Skibbereen. The service is attentive and friendly so even if you need to try on many shoes before making any decisions, the staff will patiently help you out. Clothes are generally of a good standard too, with names like Magee, Robbi, Wrangler and Falmer to be found.
This shop, opened directly across from Kalbo's bistro, is a most welcome addition to Skibbereen. All kinds of gastronomic delights abound, mainly of the Mediterranean variety. The real attraction, however, has to the baked goods. There are some wonderful breads on offer - herb, foccacia, and olive to name but three. The quiches are also excellent - the goat's cheese quiche in particular deserves a special mention. The staff are both friendly and attentive.
This excellent shop sells a great range of ethnic and specialty foods. If you're planning a day out, why not pick up some of the famous ready-made sandwiches. There is a large range to choose from-try the smoked chicken with Dubliner cheese and relish, or how about the Stilton and Guinness pâté with walnuts. The staff couldn't be more friendly, and are only too happy to help in any way they can.
Rosarie and Kevin O'Byrne run a fantastic Herb Farm just outside Skibbereen in West Cork. Here one can buy cut herbs and potted ones. They use their own fresh herbs in abundant quantities in flavoured oils and jellies: in all, they make four flavoured oils, two flavoured vinegars, five varieties of jelly and some delicious marinades. If you can't make it as far as the farm, many of the products are available in shops nationwide.
Prince August was founded in Sweden in 1958 by Jan Edman, producing a range of moulds for hobby casting. In 1976, the mould production moved to Ireland and today the whole operation is run from their premises situated in the Muskerry Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area) in the village of Kilnamartyra. This unique outlet is the only "toy" soldier shop in Ireland. There are unusual gifts for all the family and the discerning collector. They have casting demonstrations daily and, subject to certain conditions, children over the age of seven can cast and keep the miniatures that they make. This factory shop is located 2km off the N22, about 45 minutes from Cork city. Look out for the large signposts.
If you are looking for the latest designs in sportsgear, then Muskerry Sports is a good place to shop. They stock many of the leading brands of runners and tracksuits. As well as Speedo swimwear, there is Santonini, the Irish brand that includes more fitted styles. There are tennis rackets and accessories, footballs and football boots. Also, there is a small selection of toys near the entrance to the shop.
This child-friendly store is packed with all sorts of colourful toys. From Walt Disney to Teletubbies there is plenty to delight any child. The emphasis is on toys for younger children. However, in the adjacent bookstore you'll find a good selection for older children as well. While there are many child-oriented books, one can also find general fiction, crime, Irish interest and cookery books, thus it caters for adults also. The shop is small but well laid out for browsing.