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Castletownbere Holiday Homes Cork

Castletownbere Holiday Homes Cork

Castletownbere, nestled at the foot of the Caha Mountains, is the main town on the Beara peninsula in West Cork. Situated on Berehaven harbour near the entrance to Bantry Bay this bustling town is the largest whitefish port in Ireland.The town is also known as Castletown Berehaven.

Castletownbere Cork

The name of the town comes from a MacCarty Castle which no longer esists. The deep water port of Berehaven is a safe anchorage for yachts and is ideal for watersports, from sea angling to windsurfing.

The main focal point of Castletownbere is its busy harbour, a safe base for fishing boats from both Ireland and Europe, which in the summer months are joined by many colourful yachts.

The other main focal point is the town’s many traditional pubs in particular MacCarthy’s Bar in the centre of the town. Those that have read Pete MacCarthy’s best-selling book on Ireland ‘MacCarthy’s Bar’ will instantly recognise the bar in Castletownbere that features on the front cover of the book. In addition to the pubs there are many restaurants in the town with several specialising in fresh seafood

Ferries leave from Castletownbere for Bere Island, the largest of the West Cork Islands. Bere Island accounts for 21km of the Beara Way, a waymarked path along the Beara Peninsula. The island was an important military installation for the British, who built a number of Martell Towers and Gun Batteries whose ruins dot the island landscape.

There are numerous activities for everone to enjoy. As Castletownbere is situated in the centre of Beara Peninsula, you can travel the Ring of Beara route with a choice of three different roads, to the West towards Allihies, to the north towards Urhan, Eyeries Ardgroom or to the East towards Adrigole and the Healy Pass.

Canoeing, kayaking and dinghy sailing etc. can also be enjoyed at Tralahan Strand close to the town. Just outside the town is Berehaven Golf Club. This 9 hole golf club at the foot of the Caha mountains has magnificent view of Bere Island and Berehaven Harbour.