Goleen village was built during the nineteenth century at a crossroads where a cattle fair was held.
You continue on through the townlands of Kealfadda, Ballyrisode and Ballydevlin until you reach
Goleen. You will see that the street is very wide and all the houses were originally built as shops. There is a hidden harbour down to the left in the village, which gives the village its name 'Goilin', 'little inlet'. Although the harbour dries at low tide, giving great feeding for a variety of wildlife including a fox and a pheasant, there is a deepwater quay at the entrance to accommodate fishing boats and yachts.
Golf can be enjoyed a short distance away in Skibbereen or the driving
or travel on further to Glengarriff or Bantry to
the golf courses. Two sailing schools close by to Goleen and diving in
the unpolluted waters of West Cork offers great visibility for
underwater activity. Barleycove Beach offers a great destination for a
Blue Flag Beach destination suited to families, surfer or body
boarder. Enjoy a wonderful drive out to
Mizen Head and the
call to the Mizen Vision experience with its wonderful bridge, not for
the faint hearted out to the Signal Station, so breath taking views,
along the coastal Dunmanus Bay drive.