Situated on a shallow estuary, in picturesque surroundings Rosscarbery is a small historic town whose origins grew up around a monastery, which was established in the latter half of the 6th century by Saint Fachtna. In Irish history Rosscarbery was famous as a centre of religion and learning, at one time was a university town, and the area was known as Ross Ailithir (meaning Ross of the Pilgrims).
A nicely decorated town with many traditional shop fronts, Rosscarbery has wide variety of amenities for families of all ages and is a popular tourist destination within easy reach of many fine beaches. The Long Strand, Warren Beach and Ownahincha Beach each offer safe bathing and golden sands.
Rosscarbery has many other attractions and activities such as estuary, rock, deep sea and fresh water fishing for the angler; bird watching in the estuary, tours of the area on horseback with an expert guide from one of the local riding centres or a leisurely stroll along one of the many quiet rural lanes running through scenic countryside with breathtaking views of land and sea.
There is an abundance of megalithic tombs, stone circles and standing stones in and around Rosscarbery - Drombeg being the most famous. For the historian there are many places to visit - such as St. Fachtna's Cathedral, Castlefreke, Coppinger's Court and the birthplaces of General Michael Collins and O'Donovan Rossa.
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