Some of you will be starting your cycle in the picturesque Castletownbere. For those of you in the area for the weekend this is also a great place to visit and spend more time then you perhaps could on the cycle! Here’s some tips on what to see and do while there.
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.
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.
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!