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Castletownbere Self Catering Cottages



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Tir na Hilan Castletownbere Self Catering Cottages are located 4km (2.5 miles) from Castletownbere town, on the Beara Way Walking and Cycling Trail in County Cork Ireland

Roam the hills; cycle the boreens; visit the artists, discover historical and archaeological sites; cross to the islands by car ferry or by the only cable car in Ireland; find your inner peace at the meditation centre. Enjoy heavenly West Cork views; fabulous seafood; fishing; golfing; canoeing and sailing all available in Castletownbere..

All this and more can be found in the area around Tir na Hilan Self Catering Holiday Cottages, on the Beara Peninsula, by the shores of Bantry Bay. Your  host Sean O'Sullivan will ensure that your stay in our cottages in this wonderful part of Ireland will be a memorable and pleasant one.



We have sheep, and riding ponies available for our visitors.
Stabling also available if you would like to bring your own horse.

Castletownbere boasts the second largest natural harbour in Ireland and is an international fishing port. You are likely to hear Spanish and Portuguese (amongst many other languages) being spoken in the bars and shops, mingling with the soft brogue of the locals.

There are numerous restaurants, cafes and pubs - fish naturally being at least one of the many dishes on offer.

The Castletownbere Festival of the Sea takes place during Bank Holiday week in August. The regatta takes place on the Bank Holiday, but there are many other events during the week, including live music in the town square each evening.

Art galleries and craft shops where you can browse to your hearts content and choose a special item to remind you of your visit to Beara. The Beara Arts Festival takes place each August with art exhibitions; drawing, writing and music workshops and performances.

There are 2 churches - the Church of the Sacred Heart and St. Peter's Church of Ireland. Both congregations would be delighted to welcome you to their services.

On your way to Tir na Hilan Cottages you will pass an impressive Stone Circle. In the field beside the cottages is the Teernahilane Ringfort and on the top of the hill behind is a Wedge Tomb.
To the southwest of town stand the ruins of the O'Sullivan Bere castle at Dunboy. An English force of 4,000 surrounded the castle in 1602 and the O'Sullivan clan blew up the castle rather than surrender.

Close by is Puxleys Castle, once home to the Puxley family who made their fortunes from copper mining. Their story provided the inspiration for Daphne du Mauriers novel Hungry Hill. The house was destroyed during the civil war of the 1920s. A depressing story but in an idyllic setting, leafy woodlands and wild mountains encompassing an inlet of Bantry Bay.

The Ring of Beara is a favourite haunt of walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers and people who enjoy uncommercialised, natural beauty.
There are many other wonderful places to visit on Beara.

Take in a panoramic view of Bantry Bay and descend in a dramatic series of hairpin bends on the Healy Pass.

Scattered throughout Bere Island are the remnants of the vast Victorian military fortification, which Britain built to protect its naval base in Berehaven Harbour. Visit the Martello Tower - now home to a visitor's centre.

Allihies is now home to many of the famous artists who live on Beara and was once the site of an extensive copper mining industry. Ballydonegan Beach, just below the village, was created by crushed stones from the mines.

Linked to the mainland by cable car, the only one of its kind in the country and unique in that it crosses the sea, Dursey Island is an ideal spot for birdwatchers.

Home to the international award winning 'Milleens' cheese, is Eyeries, one of the beautifully painted villages of Beara and winner in its class for the Tidy Towns Competition for 2003.

Two good trout fishing lakes, Glenbeg and Derryvegal are both near ARDGROOM, and beyond the village is a perfect example of a Stone Circle.

For the golf enthusiast, Berehaven Golf Club - a nine hole links course is just a few miles away plus there are 18 hole courses in Kenmare and Bantry - just 30 miles away.

Without disturbing the peace of the Buddhist monks who run the DZOGCHEN BEARA RETREAT CENTRE, have a look at the breathtaking views from their cliff top meditation room.

Other activities in the area include Diving, Canoeing/Kayaking, Sailing, Angling or visit the Call of the Sea Maritime Museum

KENMARE, KILLARNEY, THE RING OF KERRY, GLENGARRIFF and BANTRY are all within easy reach of Castletownbere.

Castletownbere Riding Stables

Lios Lara Castletownbere riding stables is at situated in the grounds of the cottages at Tir Na Hilan, the stables are run by Julie and Annie O' Neill offering bridlepath treks in the local area, led pony rides for young children and the use of an all weather arena all at competitive rates with special packages available when booked with accommodation in Sean's self-catering cottages.
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