Last Updated: 1st September, 2018
Durrus is an Irish Village located in West Cork, only six miles from Bantry. It was formerly known as both Four Mile Water, mid-19th century, after the nearby river, and Carrigboy,Irish for Yellow Rock. Today there appears to be some dispute about proper form of the village's name in Gaelic (most place names in Ireland are anglicised forms of an Irish name) - with both Dubh Ros (meaning black or dark headland) and Dúrras in use on local road signs.
The village is the location of Cool na Long castle, built by the McCarthy (Muclagh) family, and which is now in a ruined state, despite efforts to have it taken into state charge by the late antiquarian Paddy O'Keeffe. The history of the area as covered in Durrus and District History The article traces the historical development of the Durrus and District. There are references to the changing pattern of land ownership, and to the importance in former times of marine resources and mineral workings. Commentaries by travellers in the general area are quoted to give a flavour of what conditions were like in the period. There is a significant amount of micro-detail for those with a particular interest, covering, agricultural development, communications, religious practices, schools and aspects of the 1901 Census.
Durrus is located at the head of the Sheep's Head, and Mizen Head Peninsulas . Durrus is located close to some of West Cork fabolous coastlines including Ahakista and Kilcrohane area, Goleen and Crookhaven and the wonderful Beara Peninsula. The present village was laid out by the Bandon estate when the lease of the Rev. Alleyn's Evanson's interest expired in 1854 . Around this time a manor court for debt recovery was held once a month, with petty sessions once a fortnight. The former courthouse is still standing. A number of gardens open to the public have been established in the area, including 'Cois Abhann' and 'Kilvarock'.
In recent years the village has seen a sizable development of property for use by tourists, and its pubs - particularly "The Long Boat" - is a popular stopover point. Bantry is just a 20 minute drive away to visit Bantry House and Gardens, 30 minutes to Schull. Drive over to Baltimore, a 50 minute drive and enjoy your day by taking a ferry boat from Baltimore out to the Islands such as Sherkin and Cape Clear Islands. Or explore the Beara Peninsula and a ferry boat from Castletownbere will see you out to Bere Island and take in the villages of Allihies and Eyeries, there is something for all our visitors.
Take in some wonderful guided and self guided walks on the Sheeps Head Way and Beara Way. Durrus is renowned for some wonderful locally produced food, Durrus Irish Farmhouse Cheese being one such fine local produce.