Kilbrittain nestles quietly in the coastal woodlands south of Bandon. The main beaches in the area are Harbour View, Coolmaine, Howes Strand and Burren. Kilbrittain Castle (C1035AD) is romantically located amid wooded hills, glens and beaches overlooking Kilbrittain Bay. The castle is now privately owned.
In 1500 one of the great Irish manuscripts The Book of the McCarthy Reigh or The Book of Lismore was written here by the monk O’Cleary, one of The Four Masters. This Book can now be found in the National Museum in Dublin.
Kinsale retains its old world charm and character as well as its fine reputation for fishing and good food. Between Harbourcrest and Kinsale Town lies the internationally renowned Old Head of Kinsale Light House and golf course. The golf course regularly hosts top golfers from all over the world and is one of the most scenic courses in the world.
In 1917 the passenger ship the Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine 9 miles off the Old Head. In all, 1,200 lives were lost within sight of land. Today the 750 foot long ship lies at a depth of 300 feet.
Clonakilty has been designated as West Corks Heritage Town by the Irish Tourism Board, Bord Failte. We would recommend that you visit the Model Village which is built to scale. It is located off the Inchydonney Road.
In close proximity to the town of Clonakilty is the famous Inchydoney Strand, perfect for a long walk after a relaxing meal. And the fact that it is a sandy beach with very few stones makes it very family friendly.
Courtmacsherry is a charming fishing and seaside resort, situated just across the bay from Harbour Crest. Many local artists and craft people live there.
The coastal walks are a bird-watchers paradise as over 200 species of birds have been recorded between Courtmacsherry and Rosscarbery.