Carriganass Castle strikes a majestic picture against the backdrop of a rushing river and the rugged mountains that can be seen on the road from Bantry to Macroom.

Carriganass means ‘The Rock of the Waterfall’ and the dramatic ruins which are to be found on the outskirts of Kealkill village, in the heart of West Cork, played a role in one of Irish history’s most exciting stories when, in the sixteenth century, the O’Sullivan Bere clan passed its gates as they set out to join the Flight of the Earls.

Today’s walkers, under less pressure to leave, have time to explore the ruins of the castle, and to take advantage of the many waymarked routes that wend their way past this amazing monument.

The castle was rescued from ruin by the Carriganass Development Association in the early 1990s, and it’s beautifully landscaped surroundings make it the perfect spot from which to start your exploration of the stunning landscape West Cork has to offer.

Choose from a range of circular routes, or break your tour of the Sheep’s Head Way here.

Your visit to West Cork isn’t complete until you’ve called in for tea and history at Carriganass.