The attractive village of Castletownshend is situated on the coast about 8km from Skibbereen. The village developed around the castle, which was built in the mid 1600s by the Townshends and is the seat of the family. The steeply inclined main street runs down to the castle, the quayside and the harbour.
The village sits on the north side of Castlehaven Harbour in the parish of Castlehaven, which owes its name to the castle that protects the haven. A unique feature of Castletownshend is the two sycamore trees growing in the roundabout in the centre of the village. It is very unusual in that, because of its history it has a planned look and feel of a Northern English Village in many ways.
The Castle is totally authentic both inside and out and still has the original family in residence. The pier and harbour are picture perfect and sheltered with old stone buildings on the quay. Some very grand period Manor Houses are also dotted around the village.