Rosscarbery is an attractive village with a long and interesting history. The town grew up around a Monastery, which was established in the 6th century by St. Fachtna. A Protestant Cathedral, founded in 1612, houses many relics of the past in an attractive little museum. The famous Irish patriot O’Donovan Rossa (1831 – 1915) had strong connections with the area. Nearby at Froe and Benduff are the remains of what were once West Cork’s largest slate quarries which employed many people in the 19th century.
The town itself is busy and expanding with many pubs, restaurants and shops. Nearby is a small harbour and the Blue Flag Beaches of the Warren and Owenahincha.
About three miles from Rosscarbery, in the centre of Castlefreke Woods, are the magnificent ruins of the 15th century castle.