Castletownbere, situated at the mouth of Bantry Bay is Ireland’s biggest white fishing port
Over 20,000 tonnes of fish are landed annually and exported to the gourmet restaurants of the continent and Japan.
Berehaven is blessed with a safe sheltered anchorage of the second deepest natural harbour in the world after Sydney, and plays host to Scottish, French and Spanish fishing fleets.
Why not sample the spectacular walking routes in the area? Hungry Hill mountain for example (675m/2,251 feet) which lent its name to the novel of Daphne du Maurier – encompasses the wild, untamed panorama of the whole peninsula.
There is a wide choice of amenities in the area which include a riding stable next to Dunboy Castle. On Tralahan strand, just a mile west of town, there is an award winning sandy beach, which is ideal for swimming. If you would like to learn how to handle a canoe or naomhog (currach), regular tuition is available at the strand: enquire locally for details.
The Berehaven amenity park and golf links boasts a 9-hole golf course, beautifully situated between the mountains and the sea.
Bicycles can be hired in town or if you just want to relax, meditation in the Buddhist style Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre is an amazing experience.
Castletownbere is part of the ancestral home of the O’Sullivans in Ireland