Courtmacsherry is a charming seaside village just 5 minutes
off the R600 Kinsale --Clonakilty coast road. Quiet unspoiled,
it has been a resort for more than a century. Twenty seven
miles west of Cork city, the village and surroundings are an
attractive holiday venue, or a first night or last-night stopover
for visitors using Cork ferryport or airport. Also it is the
perfect base from which to tour the south coast of Ireland.
Gaily painted houses and fine georgian villas face the calm inlet of Courtmacsherry
Bay. Fishing boats bob on the channel, a stone's throw from the front gardens.
Framed between water and the woods behind, the village is one of the prettiest
in West Cork.
There is a beach, pier, post office, two village shops and a large, well
stocked supermarket at Barryroe, just three minutes away –also a
Catholic Church, a Church of Ireland with summer services. There is a pottery
and an exceptional craft shop in the village together with three lively
pubs full of character, with music in one or the other on most summer nights.
Courtmacsherry boasts the oldest lifeboat station in Ireland since 1824,
and the boat is an interesting feature in the inner harbour.
is well known as a sea angling centre,and places and equipment
can be booked by the day on state-of-the-art boats, fishing
shark and wreck fishing. Mackerel fishing may be enjoyed off
the rocks in summer, and stocked lakes, plus famous sea trout
and salmon rivers, with day license, are only a few miles away.
Courtmacsherry bay attracts yachts and pleasure boats in summer and there
is a pontoon mooring at the new pier. Courtmacsherry Sea Angling Centre offer
day angling trips on their state-of-the-art cruisers. They also organise
wreck charter excursions to to the site of the sunken Lusitania, off
the Old Head Of Kinsale.
The bay is a popular windsurfing venue while the white sandy coves at Wood
Point and Dunworley are ideal for picnicking, and swimming. Horse riding
is available at a number of nearby venues.
There are sophisticated gym facilities at Timoleague (5 minutes) and hardcourt
and lawn court tennis is nearby. Four golf courses are within easy distance,
including the spectacular Old Head of Kinsale course. On spring and summer
evenings, visitors can find local teams playing Irish sports, especially
hurling, comogie, Gaelic football and road bowling.
The area is wonderful for walkers, with routes following the wild, magnificent
scenery of The Seven Heads - detailed route guide books with maps are available
locally. Seals are common, while dolphins and even whales are sometimes
sighted. In autumn, winter and spring, Courtmacsherry Bay holds up to 22,000
and migrant birds.