A break in rural Ireland to experience the quality 'Irish' welcome,
good food and entertainment provides a wonderful holiday. My name is Nan
McCarthy and I will be your host at Harbour Crest. I would like to take this
opportunity to introduce you to Harbour Crest B&B, a magnificent
haven situated near Kinsale on the coastline in the County of Cork.
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
I have been accommodating visitors to Cork/Ireland for over three decades
now. My family and I have therefore developed a distinguished tradition of
hospitality, service, care and a reputation in the tourist industry. My
farmhouse is approved by Bord Failte, Le Guide du Routard and recommended by
First time visitors to Harbour Crest B&B will experience a unique encounter
with nature and will learn of the rich Irish culture and share the secret of the
relaxed family lifestyle which makes Ireland such a special location. Our aim is
to make each and everyone of our visitor's holiday a very memorable one. We are
always concerned with helping them to learn about the Irish traditions, about
the cherished customs of rural living and the relaxing pace of life. All
this can be experienced together with picturesque scenery, a clean and healthy
environment and delicious farmhouse food.
Cork County itself offers a great diversity of cultural and leisure
activities. Its many festivals include the Kinsale Gourmet Festival, the
International Choral Festival, Bantry Mussel Fair and the Cork Film and Jazz
Festivals. 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
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
Kilbrittain nestles quietly in the coastal woodlands south of Bandon. The main
beaches in the area are Harbour View, Coolmaine, Howes Strand and Burren.
Kilbrittain Castle (C1035AD) is romantically located amid wooded hills, glens
and beaches overlooking Kilbrittain Bay. The castle is now privately owned. In
1500 one of the great Irish manuscripts, The Book of the McCarthy Reigh or The
Book of Lismore, was written here by the monk O'Cleary, one of The Four Masters.
This Book can now be found in the National Museum in Dublin.
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
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.
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.
Kinsale (Tides Head)
Kinsale retains its old world charm and character as well as its fine reputation
for fishing and good food, the Old Head of Kinsale Light House and golf course.
Kinsale is reputed to be Ireland's oldest town where the earliest
inhabitants settled. This historic sea port is a renowned angling centre. To
fish the wreck of the Lusitania passenger ship, which was torpedoed by a German
submarine 9 miles off the Old Head of Kinsale in 1917, is the dream of many a
A wide variety of water-based sports are available. Oysterhaven - Ireland's
major windsurfing centre is situated within 6 miles of Kinsale. Kinsale also
boasts a scuba diving school offering spectacular dives off the Old Head of
Kinsale. Kinsale harbour is one of Ireland's most scenic harbours and
is port-of-call to a large number of visiting craft. Apart from it's water
amenities, Kinsale offers an adventure into good food. The gourmet centre of
Ireland, this small seaside resort is remarkably endowed with a proliferation of
small owner-run establishments.
Garretstown is situated by a fine beach and fascinating views of the Atlantic
Ocean, Garretstown also has a Hotel and Pitch and Putt course.
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.
Cork is the largest of all the Irish counties, and in many ways the most varied.
Rich farmlands and river valleys contrast with the wild sandstone hills of the
west. The county's magnificent coastline has been shaped by the unforgiving
Atlantic into great bays and secret coves, spectacular rocky headlands and long
soft golden strands. Kinsale, half an hour west of Cork city, is one of the
prettiest small towns in Ireland and is world famous for its cuisine.
The town's annual Gourmet Festival attracts food lovers from far and wide.
Built in 1446, Blarney Castle houses the renowned Blarney Stone. Millions
of visitors come to the castle each year to kiss this stone and receive the
magical eloquence legend has it that the stone bestows. Cork city takes its name
from the marshy land on the banks of the River Lee - the Irish form of its name
means marsh - on which St. Finbarr founded a monastery around AD 650.
The city's narrow alleys, waterways and Georgian architecture give it a
distinctly Continental feel. Since the 19th century, when Cork was a base for
the National Fenian movement, the city has had a reputation for political
rebelliousness. Today, this mood is reflected in the city's attitude to the arts
and its bohemian spirit, which is very much in evidence at the lively annual
jazz festival in October.
Festivals in West Cork
Kilbrittain festival from 30th July to 8th August,
Timoleague Harvest festival 12th August to 21st August.
“A darling place and a warm welcome and spectacular
view.” Daniel & Cindy Barkley, Ohio, USA
“Thank you for making us so welcome – a perfect stay in every way.” Peter &
Linda Young, Kent, England
“Thank you for the reception and for the quality of your food and
accommodation – both will be long remembered.” Colin & Joan King, Warwickshire,
“Your’re so kind and lovely and your home is so beautiful. I am glad to
recommend your B&B.” Gabrielle, Tuscany, Italy.
“Thank you for the buns with chocolate on them! Thank you for looking after
me while Mommy was out having a good time!” Brendan, age 4, Boston, USA
“We came from Spain to Ireland and we’ve found in Harbour Crest our second
home! Thanks for everything.” Fernando Torres, Seville, Spain.