A View of the Bay of Bantry upon the S.W. part of Ireland 38.a
View of Bantry Bay in Ireland. The bay is the largest of the inlets in south-west Ireland. It is approximately 35 km long, running in a south-west to north-easterly direction. The entrance to Bantry Bay is approximately 10 km wide, steadily narrowing to 3-4 km at its head. It is well sheltered and its myriad of tiny island makes it a tranquil place of natural beauty. About 1600 English settlers arrived in the Bantry area attracted by the number of fish to be found in the bay.