About in Castletownbere
Castletownbere, Beara Peninsula
you drive from Glengarriff into Castletownbere the town nestles against a
fold of hills, Knock Gour in the west and Hungary Hill to the east providing a
With a bonus of morning sun over your shoulder, the colourful tumble of brightly painted gables and shop fronts rise out of the shimmering estuary.
the bridge by Brandy Hall you are reminded that it was once reached in ancient
times by fording the river.
Visible from the bridge the old quay or pier which berthed many a coal and seine boat and shipped and landed cattle and pigs and the market produce from Cork and Bantry.
Brandyhall Bridge. The gateway to Castletownbere
In town the number of shop and pub fronts is a further reminder of past commerce
and with some bar stools to-day occupied by artists, writers, crafts people and
the occasional celebrity who have found peace, inspiration and a homecoming
This is a world apart offering the discerning visitor solitude and tranquillity as well as incredible views over Berehaven Sound, Bantry Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Nature is a master here where you will find golden beaches, rugged cliffs, bog and moor with rare heath land flowers and birds.
Castletownbere occupies a strategic location being at the centre of 'The Beara-Way Heritage Trail' The 220Km long section of world famous, 'Beara-Breifne Way' (The route taken by Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beare after the retreat from Dunboy, Castletownbere in 1602)
is the main gateway to the rugged beauty of the Beara Peninsula where Bere
Island, Dursey Island, Allihies, and Eyeries beckon historian and sightseer
Castletown Berehaven or Castletownbere is the principle town of the Beara
Peninsula and the largest whitefish port in Ireland and the second largest
natural harbour in the world. This attractive colourful town is internationally
A busy fishing harbour, depending on the time of year you may enjoy fresh crab, lobster, crayfish, prawns, salmon, mackerel, scallops and whitefish caught by the local fishing fleet.
Garnish Harbour, Beara Peninsula. On the road to Dursey Island
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