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Castletownbere is the principle town on the Beara peninsula. The Battle of Dunboy took place here in 1602 with "O'Sullivan Beare" and clan fighting the English and it's castle ruins are still to be seen "Puxley's House" is on same grounds - and was owned by an English copper mining family.

It is the largest whitefish port in Ireland. Berehaven being the second largest natural harbour in the world, it is a safe anchorage for yachts and is ideal for watersports, from sea angling to windsurfing. Just outside the town is Berehaven Golf Club This 9 hole golf club has magnificent view of Bere Island and Berehaven Harbour.


One cannot go to Castletowbere without a visit to "MacCarthy's Bar", genuine original with grocery-store (mainly for local fishermen) in one half and fully licensed bar in the other, great for a game of darts and weekly bridge games.

Castletownbere McCarthys Pub West Cork

Lots of outdoor activities to be found on the Beara Peninsula. Canoeing is taught in Castletowbere in Droum South. Hiking, Biking and hill walks are popular and well developed there.

"Hungry Hill" - the Highest of the "Caha mountains" in Beara and has a 60 meter high waterfall flowing down its seaward side.

The Dzogchen Beara Meditation Center with weekly meditations are only a few miles west of Castletownbere - people come from all over Europe, USA to visit there.

Looking for Castletownbere Hotel accommodation check the local The Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere, Ireland

Driving from Cork City to Castletownbere will take you a 2 hour 30 minute drive, but well worth the drive. If you are coming from Kerry, well then from Kenmare in Kerry it is just less than a 1 hour 30 minute drive with great scenery which you will have to stop the car to admire.


The Beara Peninsula and the scenic Ring of Beara drive more details ...

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