Rosscarbery is a small historic town, set in picturesque surroundings overlooking a sandy inlet of the rugged West Cork coastline. The town grew up around a monastery, which was established by St. Fachtna in the latter half of the sixth century. It is now a peaceful place with an attractive square, and nicely decorated buildings with traditional shop fronts.
It was once a university town, attracting scholars from continental Europe when Ireland was known as the Island of Saints and Scholars. In recent times, it was the birthplace of O’Donovan Rossa, founder member of the Fenian Movement, born in Ross Parish in 1831; Tom Barry, one of the early IRA’s most important generals, born in Ross town in 1898; and Michael Collins, the old homestead where he was born in 1890 is now a national monument, dedicated to the memory of the famous leader.
Discovering the hidden treasures of this unspoilt area is an enriching experience. There are many reasons why Ross is not quite like any other place—it begins with the people. All this coupled with first class restaurants and pubs in congenial surroundings make Rosscarbery a unique holiday centre.
Celtic Ross Hotel Leisure Centre — special discount rates for our guests. Please ask for details on booking. Also enjoy a bite to eat daily in the award-winner Kingfisher Bistro at the Celtic Ross Hotel where locally sourced produce features throughout the dishes including the best locally caught seafood. Serving breakfast from 7.30am (8am weekends), Lunch 12-5pm, Dinner 5-9pm, Brunch every weekend, Afternoon Tea daily 2.30pm-5.30pm.
For those who just want to relax, there are several Blue Flag beaches a short distance from the cottages, namely the Warren Beach only 2km away. Also nearby are Ownahincha, Inchydoney and several more strands and coves to explore and offer safe bathing and golden sands. Visitors may experience the beauty of the area on horseback with expert guide from one of the local riding centres or have a picnic in Castlefreke, Dromilihy, Cononnagh or Rineen Woods.
Those of you who enjoy golfing activities are spoiled for choice with two links style Pitch and Putt courses at the Warren Beach, or golfers may improve their swing or putting at the Rosscarbery Driving Range where lessons can also be arranged. For family fun the Golf Advernture Centre is not to be missed!
On the Water
For the angler, Rosscarbery offers estuary, rock, deep sea and fresh water fishing—with bait in plentiful supply. The lagoon and estuary are great favourites with bird watchers as large numbers of duck, waders, sea and migratory birds are to be seen.
At the Lagoon Activity Centre pedal boats, rowing dinghies or canoes are available for hire in the safest of surroundings whilst the children's playground and tennis courts are just nearby.
Explore West Cork
For the archaeologist there are numerous megalithic tombs, stone circles and standing stones in the area - Drombeg being the most famous. For the historian there are many place to visit - such as St. Fachtna's Cathedral, Castlefreke, Coppinger's Court and birthplaces of Michael Collins and O' Donovan Rossa to name but a few. Local tour guides will be only too happy to tell of local history and folklore.