The 10 Best Things to Do in Castletownbere, Ireland

August 8, 2017 Osvaldo Hartline

Castletownbere (Irish: Baile Chaisleáin Bhéarra) is a town in County Cork in Ireland. It is located on the Beara Peninsula by Berehaven Harbour. It is also known as Castletown Berehaven.
Restaurants in Castletownbere

1. Maccarthy's Bar

The Square, Castletownbere, Ireland +353 27 70014
Excellent
63%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
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1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Maccarthy's Bar

Reviewed By Seamus K

Called in while on a break to Castletownbere and the regular Friday night ballad / folk singer started up with guitar etc and he got everyone singing along with him and playing requests it was a fantastic night and would recommend it to anyone looking for a friendly atmosphere on any night of year but definately on a Friday night

2. Issie's Handmade Chocolate

The Mediterranean House, Castletownbere, Ireland +353 86 339 6316
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

Issie's Handmade Chocolate

Reviewed By susangsays - Tucson, Arizona

On our way to Dursey Island and stopped for a coffee. We ordered two cappuccinos and were captivated by the lovely chocolate displays so we selected four different flavors to try with our coffees. Wow! They were delicious, so creamy smooth and flavorful. The cappuccinos were the best we have had on the Peninsula. Issie is a delight; friendly, helpful, and quick to help her regular customers as well as the newcomers. Wish we lived in the area, so much better than any Starbucks in the US! Go visit Issie, you will be happy you did.

Millcove, Castletownbere, Ireland +353 27 70393
Excellent
81%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Mill Cove Gallery

The Mill Cove Sculpture Gardens are part of the Mill Cove Gallery, located on the Beara Peninsula, about 25km from Glengarriff, County Cork. Tucked in as it is along the peninsular shoreline, and screened too by Bere Island, Mill Cove gets shelter from the major ocean impact, and that relative shelter is reflected in the maturity and screening and greening of its acres of lush Gardens, specimen trees and inlet cove. The Gardens include more than 40 sculptures spread out over 4 acres of mature grounds. After visiting the Gardens, guests can enjoy the gallery and studio. The Gardens are open May through September and the rest of the year by appointment. Times and dates open in 2017 The Gardens are open May through September and the rest of the year by appointment. Opening times: May, June and September - Wednesday to Sunday-11am to 6pm July and August- Everyday -11am to 6pm . Mill Cove provides private tours for small to medium groups - (minimum 6 - maximum 18) which includes the gallery, the Gardens and the studio for €5 per person, when prebooked. Please telephone or email to make a reservation for your group. The visit usually takes 2-3 hours.

Reviewed By NoelPrendiville - Ireland

Spent a delightful hour or so walking through the garden admiring the sculptures, touring the gallery with some very interesting pieces. John was a very genial host and even gave us a pot of tea to share as we relaxed after our walk and enjoyed...MoreThank you Noel - very much appreciated

4. Bike N Beara

Derrymihan | Beara Peninsula, Castletownbere, Ireland
Excellent
95%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 19 reviews

Bike N Beara

Family run business offering bicycle hire to tour the rugged Beara Peninsula. Giant Escape 2014/2015 bicycles come with helmet and lock. Panniers and luggage transfer available on request.

Reviewed By KasiaNalecz - Cork, Ireland

Great family business. Very good selection of bikes and great advise from Dennis and Vera on cycling routes around :) 10/10Thank you very much Kasia for your kind words. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and cycle on the Beara Peninsula.

5. Derreenataggart Stone Circle

R572 South West, Castletownbere, Ireland
Excellent
50%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Derreenataggart Stone Circle

Reviewed By Tony P - Horsham, United Kingdom

Eerie and interesting - Old Ireland / Celts. Great views. The imagination went wild. There was mist, rain, sun - you name it. A good way to spend some time when driving through there

6. David Syme Concerts

Ahabeg Waterfall Road, Castletownbere, Ireland +353 27 71070
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 8 reviews

David Syme Concerts

20-25 events per year. Performances by internationally-renowned concert pianist David Syme. Mainly classical music from 19th century Romantics. Lavish dessert buffet with white wine served at interval, included in admission price. 2 hours duration, selected Sundays at 3pm.

Reviewed By Elaine M

Attending a concert in the home of concert pianist David Syme is an amazing experience. A friendly, inviting atmosphere greets you on arrival and the music ranges from astonishingly virtuosic solo piano pieces, to exciting collaborations with other artists. To top all that off, you are provided with delicious cakes and desserts at the interval, homemade by David's wife Suzanne!! Most certainly an enjoyable and relaxed way to spend a Sunday.

7. The Great & Co

Bank Place | The Coffee House, Castletownbere, Ireland +353 83 136 8624
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 7 reviews

The Great & Co

Are you planning a trip around the Beara Peninsula and would love to connect with the heart of the local people? Why not stop into The Great & Co, the only shop in Castletownbere that is 100% committed to showcasing locally made products. We are now home to a massive 280+ local artists, crafts people and food producers all under one roof, with new products in-store every single day. Also serving hot & cold beverages to sit out and enjoy, on our little suntrap benches and watch the world go by. We serve local Badger & Dodo Boutique Coffee and Glenown Farm handmade Ice Cream both from the local region. Have a great trip around the Beara and hope to see you soon x

Reviewed By PetaltoPetal - County Cork, Ireland

The Great & Co is a lovely shop in the heart of Castletownbere on the Beara Peninsula. This colourful little town is situated by the sea in a picturesque landscape and if you are looking for a beautiful and varied selection of work by local artists and crafters this is the place to go. A great one stop shop for cards and gifts and they also serve delicious Badger and Dodo (local Cork coffee roasters) coffee and locally made ice-cream.

8. Dunboy Castle and Puxley Mansion

Castletownbere, Ireland +353 21 470 044
Excellent
24%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
12%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 49 reviews

Dunboy Castle and Puxley Mansion

Reviewed By Oona O - Cork, Cork, Ireland

It was once beautiful for sure but it's all fenced in now no entry allowed. The roadway and coastline is nice a good place to sit down have a picnic but there is nothing else to it .. otherwise you could walk around a while but it's a bit pointless if it's the mansion you are interested in!

The Pier | The Pier, Castletownbere 00000, Ireland +353 27 70387
Excellent
46%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Sarah Walker Gallery

Art gallery situated in an old stone warehouse on the waterfront in the fishing town of Castletownbere. The gallery exhibits contemporary art including paintings, ceramics, video and installation work. There is a balcony over the water from which the town and harbour of Castletownbere can be viewed.

Reviewed By SwimGeni

We arrived to view the gallery at 2:40pm. The sign on the door read "be back at 3pm". So we had a pint and walked around the boat yard. We arrived back a little before 3pm another sign on the door now read "be back at 3:15". There was a number at the door but we are from overseas and could only use Wifi to call. I'm sorry but it was a Friday afternoon and not near lunch or near closing time. The town is quite small but for a Friday? It was very inconvenient and we only waited till about 3:10 and then gave up and moved on. I would have loved to see what all the rave reviews were for.

10. The Ireland Way Hiking Trail

Castletownbere, Ireland
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

The Ireland Way Hiking Trail

Reviewed By Frariky - Waterlooville, United Kingdom

In the last 2 years,I had the honour to hike and visit most of Ireland in 4 different times. I can say I really enjoyed "to dive" in the green Irish lands and blue sky of this magic country with a very efficient and organised tour. It has been very beautiful knowing new people from USA to Austria sharing the same interest in walking the Ireland Way Trail (small towns, green lands, lakes, friendly farmers, Irish pubs and food etc) in
an Irish way. The guidebook is excellent and looking forward for the book!
Feicfidh mé go luath thú !!!

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