Castletownbere is a small and vibrant town nestled at the foot of the Caha mountains and surrounded by rugged and beautiful scenery. It overlooks the spectacular Berehaven Harbour. Castletownbere is a haven for artists, writers, artisan food producers and craft makers.
Top Things to do:
The Beara Way
It is a 196km circular route through magnificently rugged mountain and seacoast scenery which frequently passes by rich evidence of a heavily populated prehistoric past in the form of standing stones and burial monuments. The routes showcase the unspoilt beauty of the Beara peninsula.
Located just 2kms offshore from the town of Castletownbere, Bere Island is a must see. The island is renowned for its friendly people and stunning scenery. It’s a paradise for walkers and cyclists. Bird watchers and plant lovers will delight at the many species to be found on land and at the water’s edge.
Take a boat tour of Bantry bay and discover the hidden treasures in the deep blue waters.
Derreenataggart West Stone Circle
On a remote hill 2km northwest of Castletownbere, the impressive Derreenataggart Stone Circle, consisting of 10 stones, can be found close to the roadside. There are a number of other standing stones in the surrounding area.
Sea and shore angling can be arranged from numerous sites in the area.
Enjoy a relaxing game of golf at Berehaven Golf course. A 9-hole course beside the sea, with 3 holes played across the water with spectacular views, Berehaven should be on every golfers to-visit list!
Dunboy Castle and Puxley Mansion.
Dunboy Castle ruins are situated a few miles west of Castletownbere. It was a stronghold of the O’Sullivan Bere, a Gaelic clan leader and ‘Chief of Dunboy’, and was built to guard and defend the harbour of Berehaven. It was the scene of the noted Siege of Dunboy in the summer of 1602 which ultimately led to its destruction and the breaking of the power of the O’Sullivan Bere.
Pubs and Restaurants
The town has plenty of lively pubs and restaurants to choose from. Seafood features highly on all menus and is usually a highlight!