Activities

The Wild Atlantic Way

Castletownbere is situated along the signature discovery point route of the Wild Atlantic Way. The Wild Atlantic Way is one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world stretching 1600 miles along the Irish west coast. It stretches from the Inishowen Peninsula in the north down to the town of Kinsale, County Cork, in the south.

Walking

The Beara WayThe Beara Way is the main walking route around the Beara peninsula with a large concentration of historical and archaeological sites on route. The walking route takes in the entire Beara Peninsula and is an alternative to the Ring of Beara scenic drive and cycle which follows a similar route on main roads. The Beara Way is part of the new Beara Breifne Way based on the march of O’Sullivan Beare in 1603. There are also many short loop walks off the main Beara Way offering excellent walking alternatives for short trips.Castletownbere is the ideal location to base your walking holidays from. Denis, the proprietor of Island View House is an avid walker who holds a Walking Group Leader award, along with a First Aid certificate in Remote Emergency Care. Denis can advise you on walking trails that will bring you along the many West Cork Archaeology sites that beara has to offer. Denis can also advise on best practice for mountain and hill walking in line with the leave no trace initiative.  For further information on walking holidays in the area please see West Cork Walks 

Golf

Berehaven Golf course is situated 5 kilometers from Castletownbere on the Glengarriff road. It is located in one of the most scenic area in west Cork on the shores of Bantry Bay with the Caha mountains in the background. It is a testing 9 Hole course with 3 holes played across the water. The overall length of the course is 5121m with a par of 68 and a par of 70 for ladies.

Cycling

The Beara Way Cycling Route is a National Cycling Route, which for most part is on secondary country roads. The route travels along the entire Beara Peninsula passing through all the towns and villages along the way. The 138 kms route is sign-posted with a logo and a bicycle symbol. Bicyles can be hired locally through Bike n’ Beara

Dursey Island

Dursey Island is just one of the many beautiful locations along The Wild Atlantic Way. Situated 22km west of Castletownbere, it is accessed by Ireland’s only cable car, which runs about 250m above the sea. It can carry six people at a time (locals get preference) on the 15-minute journey. Without any shops, pubs or restaurants, this peaceful little island offers day-trippers an escape from the hustle and bustle of modern living. It is, however, home to three small villages and forms part of the Beara Way Walking Trail. Dursey is an excellent place for viewing wildlife, as a variety of birds can be seen here, including rare species from Siberia and America. Dolphins and whales can also frequently be spotted in the waters surrounding the island. On the island’s most westerly hill sits the 200-year-old Signal Tower, which boasts commanding views north to the Skellig Islands and south to Mizen Head.