Local Area Information


West Cork in southern Ireland is a magical and tranquil place that really does instil a sense of well being. 

Crab Cottage is located in the hamlet of Ballinaclogh, this comprises about half a dozen houses on the west side of the tidal section of the Roury River at Mill Cove. The cottage is near the beach with a small cove just a few minutes walk away. Mill cove itself is a beautiful tiny shallow estuary with a small stone jetty and moorings for about 20 boats which is just west of the much bigger Rosscarbery estuary. The sides of the Roury valley are steeply shelving and the cottage is perched high above it, giving us magnificent panoramic views. You can see the sea, Galley Head lighthouse, Long Strand and Mill Cove slipway to the South; the river valley to the East; and the valley, the ruins of Coppinger’s Court and distant Dunmanway mountains to the North from various windows, and all at the same time from the garden. The feeling at Crab Cottage is one of seclusion and peace, yet it is only seven minutes drive from Rosscarbery village with its shops, restaurants, pubs and beaches, so giving the visitor the best of both worlds.

Crab Cottage is conveniently located to explore much of West Cork including Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Glandore, Castletownsend, Kinsale, Baltimore (inlcuding the islands of Roaringwater Bay) and Bantry. Delightful driving tours on the 'Wild Atlantic Way' are easily accessible - West Cork is famous for its beautiful scenery and marvellous mainly sandy beaches.

There are plenty of things to do and see for the causal visitor, plus fabulous activities for the enthusiast such as sea kayaking, surfing, fishing, whale watching, bird watching, pony trekking, sailing and golf. For families there are lots of safe sandy beaches to choose from. For food lovers West Cork has some of the best local produce in Europe, plus an exciting range of restaurants, cafes and farmers markets.

West Cork is also rich culturally, there are often art and craft exhibitions in various nearby towns and of course it is a well known centre for traditional Irish music.

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