You can't go wrong staying at the Bridge House, easily Skibbereen's most central guesthouse, and indeed something of a landmark in town. Mona, the proprietor, is brilliant: a deeply generous, interesting, and attentive host, she is a force of energy and goodwill. From the astonishing (and outlandishly LARGE) healthy breakfasts, to Mona's choice in music (the morning I walked in, toward the end of July, she was spinning Christmas carols), to the rich array of objets d'art, Mona has crafted a carefully quirky ambience, which is both genuinely comfortable and an experience not to be missed. The Bridge House is the best place I have stayed in, not only in West Cork, but the whole of Ireland. Be sure to book ahead; the Bridge House is (understandably) in demand.