Kilbrittain is a peaceful, picturesque village nestled in a sheltered valley, inland from Harbour View Causeway on the Wild Atlantic Way. The name Kilbrittain comes from the Gaelic “Cill Briotáin” meaning “Britton’s Church”. The village is renowned for its many historical sites including Castles, Churches, Mass Rocks and a Holy Well.

     Kilbrittain Castle is both breath-taking and imposing, it is the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland, dating from 1035AD. Built by the grandson of Brian Boru, it was once the principal seat of the MacCarthyReagh  Clan.
     Kilbrittain and its hinterland has a great choice of outdoor pursuits on it’s doorstep. The beach areas of Harbour View and Coolmain are ideal locations for swimming, boating, kite-surfing and sail orientated sports. The area is also a mecca for nature enthusiasts who enjoy woodland walks, horse riding, bird watching and fishing.

     The Village Park features the dramatic 18 metre skeleton of a Fin Whale.. who chose our Bay as his final resting place some years ago. The playground here suits every age group, with adult exercise equipment, a picnic area and car parking. It’s the starting point for a variety of looped walks… Discover its beauty when you take the gentle Slí na Sláinte walk, the Coilte woodland walk or one of the varied country road walks (brochure available).

     Why not do something different and try West Cork Secret Activity Centre or the Maze Trail (seasonal).Kilbrittain’s August Festival provides fun activities for all.

It’s a truly inviting rural setting with distinctive hidden gems…
Kilbrittain Castle
Kilbrittain Castle
Kilbrittain Village
Kilbrittain Street
Fin Whale skeleton on display in Kilbrittain
Fin Whale skeleton in Kilbrittain
Beach at Kilbrittain
The Beach at Kilbrittain
  • (4)The Village Park & Playground Featuring 18m skeleton of a Fin Whale! Here there’s a playground to suit every age group, adult exercise equipment, a picnic area and car parking. It’s the starting point for a variety of walks (brochure available)
  • (5)Kilbrittain Castle Breath-taking and imposing – the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland, dating from 1035AD and built by the grandson of Brian Boru, it was once the principal seat of the MacCarthy Reagh Clan
  • (6)West Cork Secret - Activity Centre & Gardens - 087 8331206
    info@westcorksecret.ie
    www.westcorksecret.ie
  • Coolmain Castle Once owned by American novelist Donn Byrne and the late Roy Disney, nephew of Walt Disney
  • McCarthy’s Maze Trail 023 8849842 / 087 7965321
    mccarthysmazetrail@hotmail.com
    www.mccarthysmazetrail.weebly.com
  • Harbour View Causeway (1840) Harbour View Platform (Dancing at festival each August)
  • Shore Fishing, Burren Pier Slí na Sláinte Walks Various Woodland Walks from 4–14km
  • Water Sports including kitesurfing & windsurfing
  • BEACHES
  • Harbour View Beach - a Special Area of Conservation with imposing dunes teaming with wildlife
  • Coolmain Beach - a designated West Cork Windsurfing Centre
  • Howe Strand & Flaxfort Strand

  • The Pink Elephant Bar & Restaurant - 023 8849608
    info@pinkelephant.ie
    www.pinkelephant.ie
  • Crowley’s Post Office & Bakery - 023 8849646
  • The Amber Bar (Cashman’s) - 023 8849639
  • Kilbrittain Inn - 023 8849937
  • Hickeys Foodstore - 023 8849558
  • Coolmain Curios - 023 8849910