Irish Country Magazine : My Hometown: The best places in West Cork

Friends Joan Woods and June Housden have developed the first certified organic perfume in Ireland and the UK, created at their base in Union Hall, West Cork. 

Here, we asked Joan and June about their favourite places in West Cork. 

THE BEST PLACE in West Cork…

To have a coffee & cake: The Coffee Shop, Union Hall is a lovely relaxed place to sit and enjoy a cuppa and a slice of something yummy.

To go for a meal: We are spoilt for choice in West Cork; Glebe Gardens, Baltimore, Good Things Café in Skibbereen, Pilgrim's Restaurant in Rosscarbery.

To buy something special for someone else: The Old Mills Stores on the N71 in Connonagh, is a treasure trove of beautiful objects.

To buy something special for yourself: Nigel Hewett makes very beautiful ceramic pieces that we love. Available at Skibbereen Farmers’ Market.

To get back to nature: Go for a magical moonlight kayak with Jim Kennedy at Reen Pier or have a walk in Courtmacsherry woods to enjoy a magic carpet of bluebells in April and May.

To discover hidden gems: Rineen Woods in Castlehaven has a wonderful collection of fairy houses that little people (and big ones) will delight in.

To feel like a local: Tot’s Pub at Ballygurteen Cross. One of West Cork’s quirkiest and very welcoming pubs.

To be a tourist: Drombeg Stone Circle followed by a drink at one of the bars in Glandore.

To hear some tunes: De Barra's pub, Clonakilty and Connolly's of Leap are a couple of our favourites.

To be pampered: Inchydoney Lodge and Spa, Clonakilty.

June and Joan use the age old traditions of perfume making to create a timeless collection of three perfumes; Tuberose and Frankincense, Rose and Oud and Cedarwood and Cognac. They use local ingredients including gorse, rosemary and lavender. The range is chemical free, which is perfect for people on the hunt for a scent that won't irritate and feels natural. Launched at Showcase 2016 earlier this year, the three perfumes come in 50ml bottles, costing €95. For more about Waters + Wild, visit their website here.