Harbour Crest Kilbrittain B&B, located just a short drive from Kinsale town in Kilbrittain on the Wild Atlantic Way, is where you will enjoy a break in rural Ireland to experience the quality ‘Irish’ welcome, good food and entertainment which makes for a wonderful holiday.
My name is Nan McCarthy and I will be your host at Harbour Crest B&B. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Harbour Crest B&B, a magnificent haven on the coastline in the County of Cork. Harbour Crest B&B is located just a short drive from Kinsale town on the Wild Atlantic Way, in Kilbrittain. Here, you will enjoy a break in rural Ireland and experience the quality ‘Irish’ welcome, good food and entertainment which makes for a wonderful holiday.
For the active visitor there are plenty of pastimes including golf, walking, cycling, water sports and angling in close proximity. If a more relaxing break is your cup of tea, there are a selection of safe and sandy beaches and miles of unspoilt coastline for you to enjoy, be it just bird watching or taking in the spectacular scenery.
There are also a variety of restaurants where you can taste great food and lively pubs, where you can enjoy a sing-a-long with the local people. Cork County itself offers a great diversity of cultural and leisure activities.
West Corks many festivals include the Kinsale Gourmet Festival, the Cork International Choral Festival, Bantry Mussel Fair and many local Harvest Festivals throughout July and August. Also one cannot afford to miss a visit to Blarney Castle where one can kiss the Blarney Stone and receive the ‘gift of the gab’.
I hope to see you at Harbour Crest B&B where you will be guaranteed a very enjoyable stay!
West Cork places of interest:
West Cork is full of beautiful towns and villages. Below is a brief introduction to some of the beautiful scenic areas in the vicinity of Kilbrittain and the surrounding localities.
Kilbrittain is home to Kilbrittain Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland and Coolmaine Castle, once owned by the famous poet and novelist, Don Byrne. It is now currently owned by the Disney Family. There are beautiful scenic and woodland walks suited to all types of walkers. On the 15th January 2009, a fin whale beached itself on the beach in Kilbrittain. It was an enormous animal and unfortunately did not survive. The skeleton of the whale is now on display in the village.
Coolmaine Castle which was previously owned by Roy Disney. He regularly spent time holidaying in the area.
Courtmacsherry is a charming fishing and sea-side resort, situated just across the bay from Harbour Crest. Many local artists and craft people live there. The coastal walks are a bird-watchers paradise as over 200 species of birds have been recorded between Courtmacsherry and Rosscarbery.
Timoleague is the next village along the coast road R600. It takes its name from the Gaelic Tigh Mo Laga, the house of Saint Mo Laga, who founded a monastic settlement in the 6th century. The Franciscan abbey was built in 1240AD by the sea on the site of Saint Mo Laga’s cell. The abbey was burnt in 1642 by Lord Forbes. Today it is a graveyard for local people. A visit to Timoleague Castle Gardens, where the peacocks strays with delicate feet upon old terraces, is a must.
Clonakilty has been designated as West Corks Heritage Town by Bord Failte. We would recommend that you visit the Model Village which is built to scale. It is located off the Inchydonney Road. You can also visit Michael Collins birthplace and museum centre, he was an Irish revolutionary leader, and most Irish political parties recognise his contribution to the foundation of the modern Irish state.
Just 15 minutes drive from Kilbrittain is Bandon, a flourishing town and the Gateway to West Cork. There is a beautiful white water weir and wildlife sanctuary offering every visitor scenic views and leaping salmon.
Garretstown has a Blue Flag beach with fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean and offers a number of amenities such as a Surf School, Sea Kayaking and Pitch and Putt.
Glengarriff is the gateway for touring the glorious countryside of the South Coast, and the motorist can enjoy trips to Healy Pass, Mizen Head, Ring of Kerry, Gougane Barra and the Lakes of Killarney to name but a few.
There is no doubt that when it comes to sports and recreation, visitors can experience the very best of fishing in lakes, rivers, sea fishing, boat trips and bathing in the plentiful, safe coves and inlets in the bay.
The tranquil scenery adds greatly to a relaxing game of golf. A visit to Glengarriff would not be complete without a trip to Garnish Island, a garden island, and suitably known as “Paradise Garden”. Only by a short trip by boat to the island, the visitor can enjoy the various and brillance of the Italian Gardens. Plants from virtually every part of the world grow here and due to the mildness of the climate flowers are always
The delightful village of Baltimore lies on the charming South West coast of Ireland in scenic West Cork. It is a great favourite among tourists for its spectacular scenery, unspoilt beauty and tranquil way of life. The village is renowned for its sailing and maritime traditions and is ideal for those interested in water-based activities such as visiting Cape Clear with its beautiful scenery and wild birdlife. Baltimore has two sailing schools as well as two diving schools and also its famous Sailing Club. Sea Angling boats can be hired in the harbour.
Bantry is delightfully situated, sheltered by a background of mountain ranges at the head of the world-famous Bantry Bay, one of the most beautiful bays that adorn the coasts of Europe. Bantry is, in fact, the ideal base for exploring this totally unspoilt and romantic land of the South-West. Bantry is an old town with many historical connections, the most interesting being the formidable French Armada of 1796.
Attractions include the Blarney Stone and Cobh, the port where many Irish emigrants boarded for their voyage to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States and also the last stop of the Titanic, before departing on its fated journey. It is home the World’s Oldest Yacht Club, the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven.
Fota Island is a tourist attraction due to Fota Wildlife Park which is the only wildlife park in Ireland, Fota House and Gardens, and the Fota Golf Club and Resort; a European Tour standard golf course which has also hosted the Irish Open in recent times.
West Cork is a popular destination for tourists, who visit the small villages and islands at Carbery’s Hundred Isles including Sherkin Island, Oileán Chléire or Cape Clear Island and Dursey Island. Mizen Head, the “Southwestern most point in Ireland” is also in West Cork, as is Sheep’s Head. Lough Hyne (Irish: Loch Oighinn) is a marine lake in West Cork, Ireland, about 5 km southwest of Skibbereen. West Cork is noted for its rugged natural beauty, fine beaches and distinct social atmosphere.
Festivals in West Cork
Kilbrittain festival from 30th July to 8th August,
Timoleague Harvest festival 12th August to 21st August.
Explore the Wild Atlantic Way scenic drive around Ireland, starting from Mizen Head all the way to Donegal.