Bantry is a town in west Cork. It lies at the head of Bantry Bay, a deep-water gulf extending for 30km to the west. TheBeara peninsula is to the northwest, with Sheep's Head also nearby, on the peninsula south of Bantry Bay. The focus of the town is a large square, formed partly by infilling of the shallow inner harbour. In former times, this accommodated regular cattle fairs; after modernising as an urban plaza, it now features a colourful weekly market and occasional public functions. The town is a service centre for a large catchment area, including the Beara Peninsula. It is no longer a major fishing port, mussel-farming having replaced the traditional trawling. Tourism is now a major part of the economy, exploiting the coastal scenery of the region, and the town contains numerous hotels and guesthouses. There is also a wide selection of pubs, restaurants and shops. Bantry hosts two significant cultural events each summer - the West Cork Chamber Music Festivaland the West Cork Literary Festival. These feature musicians and writers of international stature, with performances at various venues in the town. Bantry is accessed by the N71 national secondary road. Scheduled bus services connect the town with Cork city, Killarney, Castletownbere, and some smaller local centres. Bantry has its own small privately owned airfield called Bantry Aerodrome, though the nearest largeinternational airport is Cork Airport. Cork Airport may be accessed by direct Bus Eireann bus in the summer tourist season; at other times of year, it is necessary to change buses in Cork.