Located on the eastern side of Castlehaven inlet, visitors can admire the views out along the 4km inlet to the Atlantic. There is a point along the this narrow stretch of water called the “Narrows” that is only 50 meters from shore to shore. This wood once formed part of the Salter Townsend estate whose residence was at nearby Castletownsend. Historical features on the site include a sturdy stone wall known as the “Famine” wall, built during the famine to keep deer within the estate. A coastal lime kiln can also be found right on the sea shore. Quarried lime was brought up the inlet on boats to be burned here. A great site that is worth an hour or so to explore.
Things to do
Walk: The Bawnlahan trail (1.1km, 30 mins, moderate, blue) skirts the coastline taking in the kiln along the way. It traces the bounds of the property allowing visitors to admire the beautiful coastal views.
Scenic drive: The coastal drive between Glandore, Unionhall and onto Castletownshend is spectacular.
Don’t miss our hidden gem
Rineen is the epitome of the term ‘hidden gem’. Tucked away into the West Cork coastline any visitor to this property will leave energised.