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One of the most popular seaside holiday resorts in southwestern Ireland, Rosscarbery is a place of rugged beauty and warm hospitality. It makes an ideal base for exploring some of the attractions listed below, offering a welcoming atmosphere for a night out after hours of sightseeing.
Owenahincha Beach is an open, sandy Blue Flag beach backed by dunes and scattered with rock pools, making it a popular destination for families. It is also good for experienced surfers, with challenging waves on a regular basis. A lifeguard patrols during the bathing season.
Also known as The Druid's Altar), Drombeg Stone Circle is one of the most visited megalithic sites in Ireland. It is made up of 17 closely spaced stones spanning 9.3 metres (31 ft) in diameter, of which 13 survive. Easy to find, it is located on the R597 about 5km from Rosscarbery.
Originally designed in the early 1850s, Lisselan Gardens extend across 30 acres that make optimum use of the natural contours and water features of the West Cork landscape. One of the gardens’ most remarkable features is the rockery, described as “one of the most beautiful features in the county” by 100 Best Gardens in Ireland author, Shirley Lanigan. Other spectacular features include the Japanese maple, rose-covered pergola, and water garden.
Bantry House & Garden is a privately-owned stately home set among beautiful scenery with spectacular views over Bantry Bay. Home to the White family since the mid-1700s, the Bantry Demesne has always been lived in and radiates a warm and enchanting atmosphere. As well as tea rooms, Bantry House hosts guests for overnight stays and weddings.
One of the most iconic figures in Ireland’s struggle for independence, Michael Collins was born in a simple stone cottage at Sam’s Cross, between Clonakilty and Rosscarbery, where he spent his childhood on his father’s 90-acre farm. A bust of Collins overlooks his birthplace at the Collins Memorial Centre in Woodfield.
Rosscarbery offers a range of fishing options, with many excellent shore marks within easy reach. The lagoon offers enormous grey mullet for those prepared to land them. Atlantic sea trout can also be caught here and in the estuary. Wild brown trout, eels, and some other species are also available at this location. Sea bass, gilthead bream, dogfish, pollack, and coalfish are fished in the channel. Fishing from the pier is excellent for mackerel.
With its permanent lagoon, estuary, and sand dunes, Rosscarbery is a prime location for “twitchers.” Bring your binoculars and watch out for wheatears, choughs, grey heron, little egret, kingfisher, oystercatcher, redshank, greenshank, mallard, and mute swans. Flocks of waders, including golden plover, lapwing, dunlin, black-tailed godwit, curlew, ringed plover and the occasional exotic visitor (the lesser yellow legs and American widgeon) feed on the sand flats at low tide in autumn and winter.
This ten-day August extravaganza is packed with favourites including pig racing, mouse racing, pavement art, dog show, Beat on the Street, children’s art and craft, and lots more. More recent additions include a teen UV disco, historical walks, and a crab fishing competition.
Rosscarbery celebrates its status as a rich location for all sorts of birds and animals on the last weekend in September. See the wilder side of life in Rosscarbery and explore the stunning West Cork coastline with experienced local guides.
A new concept in Ireland, adventure golf is played at Rosscarbery Golf & Adventure Centre. Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf is played over 18 holes and on an all weather astro turf base. Because of our proximity to the sea we have designed the course around a pirate theme. The centre is also home to a popular driving range.
0.7km from Rosscarbery
This well-designed terraced self catering property offers 4-star luxury near the County Cork village of Rosscarbery. This three-bedroom property is a home from home, providing the ideal self catering for families or groups who want to make the most of all the facilities and breathtaking scenery the area has to offer. The holiday home accommodates 6 adults and 1 infant, with one double en-suite bedroom, 1 double room, and a third twin bedroom.
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8.3km from Rosscarbery
This delightful property overlooks Inchydoney Island. Located 5km from the busy market town of Clonakilty in County Cork, it has three ground floor bedrooms, separate kitchen, dining area and sitting room, bathroom with shower and oil-fired central heating. Pets are also welcome. This is a fantastic location for all the family. Take a stroll along the nearby beach of Inchydoney or play a round of golf in one of the area’s first-rate golf courses.
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6km from Rosscarbery
This is a beautiful holiday home offering comfortable accommodation for up to 7 guests close to Clonakilty in County Cork. The spacious, three-bedroom property is well-equipped with everything you will need for an unforgettable holiday.
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3.3km from Rosscarbery
Stay at a new development of holiday homes and suites near Rosscarbery in County Cork. The properties are family friendly and promise a wonderful vacation away from it all. These beautiful holiday homes overlook the sea at Owenahincha and are an ideal location for a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Each property contains three bedrooms and can accommodate five people. The apartments are comfortable and tastefully decorated throughout to create a homely ambience.
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