Gallery & Local Links
Guests can do as much or as little as they want – for walkers, the Kerry Way and magnificent beaches are minutes away. Those interested in fishing are spoilt for choice with both freshwater lake and sea fishing available. An excellent water sports centre is located in Derrynane 10 minutes away and for those who fancy a hack on the beach there is an equestrian centre in Caherdaniel. Excellent golf courses are nearby in either direction. Nature lovers will delight in the abundant bird life at Westcove, the colony of seals in the harbour, nature walks in Derrynane and the highly recommended day boat trip to the Skellig Islands.
Day outings can be made to Killarney National Park, the scenic Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula and Valentia Island.
Local Attractions and Activities
The Skellig Islands
The Skellig Islands, Skellig Michael and Small Skellig, stand aloof in the Atlantic Ocean some 12 km southwest of Valentia Island, County Kerry.
From any angle, or from any vantage point on the nearby Ring of Kerry, they are spectacular pinnacles, which have magnetised viewers throughout all history – and beyond.
Branching off the Ring of Kerry, this little-travelled 18km route links Portmagee, Valentia Island and Waterville via a Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) area centred on Ballinskelligs (Baile an Sceilg).
The Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is a scenic drive around the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. Its 179km-long, circular route takes in rugged and verdant coastal landscapes and rural seaside villages.
Derrynane House & Gardens
Derrynane House is the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman. Situated on 120 hectares of parklands on the scenic Kerry coast, the House displays many relics of O’Connell’s life and career. Universal access for visitors with disabilities.
Kerry Dark Sky Reserve
The Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve: One of the best places in the Northern Hemisphere to stargaze
The Kerry Way
At over 200km, the Kerry Way is one of Ireland’s longest signposted walking trail and also one of the most popular. The trail starts and finishes in the busy tourist destination of Killarney.
Killarney National Park
Ireland’s oldest National Park is located in Killarney, all the while adjacent to the town. Killarney is also Ireland’s Oldest National Park, formed in 1932 when Senator Arthur Vincent and his family entrusted Muckross House & Estate into the care of the Irish State.
Atlantic Irish Seaweed
Located on the pristine coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way at Derrynane on the Ring of Kerry, husband and wife John and Kerryann Fitzgerald have been running seaweed discovery courses & workshops since 2009.
Derrynane Sea Sports
The oldest watersports centre on the Ring of Kerry and Skellig Coast. We specialise in instruction for all our activities and good old fashioned family fun!
Eagle Rock Equestrian Center
Beach trekking along the wild atlanti way. At Eagle Rock, an AIRE approved centre, they cater for riders of all levels and experience from beginners to old hands.
Karen Coakley is a Home Cook and Food Blogger living in Kenmare, Co.Kerry with her husband Vincent and their 4 sons. She provides cookery classes, foodie tours and much more.