This evening, I am posting information on the delightful village of Castletownshend which is situated on Ireland’s S.W. coast, about eight kilometers from Skibbereen in County Cork.

The village grew up around a castle built in the 16th century which dominates the local, Castlehaven Harbour. There is a long period of continuity here as the current occupants of the castle are descended from the original family. The castle is now operated as a Bed and Breakfast. Self-catering residences are available in the immediate environs of the castle.

The village,which features many large 18th century homes, runs at a sharp angle down to the harbour. The early 19th century church (Anglican) overlooks the community.

This quiet and relaxing environment is popular with holidaymakers who can indulge in watersports and hiking. Gastronomic tastes are satisfied by the excellent Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

Mary Ann’s Bar & Restaurant

Castletownshend B&B

Castlehaven Harbour

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