Local Activities

Activities, Travel & Tourism in Co. Kerry, Ireland

What can you do without ever leaving Portmagee?

  • Take a local walk or cycle as described in the cottage folder
  • Stroll along the seafront and watch for the local wildlife
  • Take a trip to The Skellig Rocks from Portmagee pier
  • Take a sea angling trip or Rib trip from Portmagee pier
  • Discover our local sandy beach in Reencaheragh
  • Have a delicious meal in either The Bridge Bar or The Fishermans
  • Have a gourmet meal in The Moorings
  • Skellig Mist for either coffee and cakes, lunch, or take away sandwiches
  • Ks golden Grill-delicious take away food during the Summer
  • Deos foodstore for all your groceries
  • Traditional music and Irish night in the local bars
  • Visit the pier and meet the fishermen as they come home in the evenings
  • Visit the Village Craft Shop
  • Final Dimensions- have a Jacuzzi, massage or one of several health and beauty treatments available (5 minutes walk from cottages)
  • Watch the stars on a clear night, listen to the fish jumping in the sea and then you can sleep.

Angling: Game Angling

  • River Inny  – Salmon (July/August), Sea trout (April onwards), brown trout
  • Lough Currane – Ghillies for hire on lake shore. Salmon ( February – September); sea trout, brown trout
  • Lough Coppal – Some grilse, sea trout
  • Cummeragh River – Salmon (March – September),; sea trout
  • Lakes Cloonaghlin and Derriana – Sea trout, Salmon (summer)

Angling: Sea Angling

  • Blue shark, gurnard, tope,wrasse, pollack, mackerel, plaice, spurdogs, bass, flats, ray, conger, dog fish, bass, whiting, mullet, codling and coal fish.
  • Fully equipped and approved boats are available at the following bases: Portmagee Valentia, Cahirciveen and Derrynane.

Angling: Shore Angling

  • Kells – rock fishing for pollack, wrasse and dog fish
  • Coonanna Harbour: Fishing off pier – flat fish, conger
  • Cooncrome Harbour: Rock fishing on western side – pollack, wrasse and mackerel
  • Lough Kay: Beach fishing – flatfish, occasional ray
  • Valentia Island: Ray, conger, mullet, pollack, mackerel
  • Renard Point: Off pier – Flatfish, mackerel, Bass at outflow from Fish Plant (bottom and float fishing)
  • Portmagee : Dogfish, small pollack off bridge. Conger and mullet in harbour
  • St Finians Bay: Bas, flatfish(surf fishing). Pollack, mackerel, wrasse (rock fishing)
  • Ballinskelligs Bay/Waterville: Bass, flat fish (surf fishing)
  • Hogs Head: Pollack, mackerel, wrasse(rock fishing)
  • Derrynane: Bass, flatfish(surf fishing)
  • Lambs Head: Pollack, mackerel, wrasse, conger, dog fish (spinning and bottom fishing)

Archaeological sites

  • 6th century monastery on Skellig Michael
  • Straigue Fort near Castlecove is probably the finest fort in Ireland 2500 years old
  • Tetrapod Footprints on Valentia Island 385 million years old
  • Leacanabuile Fort near Cahirciveen
  • Carhan House – Birthplace of Daniel O’Connell
  • Killabuonia Oratory – St Finan’s Bay
  • Church Island – Waterville 6th Century Oratory
  • Many other Standing Stones, Dolmens, Castles/Forts, Stone Alignments, Burial Grounds, Ogham Stones

Beaches

  • Reencaheragh – 3km: Tiny beach
  • Glanleam, Valentia – 9km: Small beach in nice location
  • Inny Strand – 8km: Over 2km of sand – very safe swimming beach
  • Ballinskelligs – 11km: Blue flag approved beach
  • St Finians Bay – 10km: Small sandy beach in spectacular location – not recommended for swimming
  • Cooncrome – 12km: Nice secluded beach safe for swimming
  • White Strand – 15km: Blue flag beach
  • Kells Bay – 20km: Nice beach
  • Derrynane – 30km: Spectacular beach

Crafts

  • Craft Shops: Cois Cuan Craft shop Portmagee, Pod craft shop Knightstown ,Valentia. Local crafts are available in Deos Foodstore, Portmagee The Gallery, Cahirciveen Pat’s Craft Shop and Kells Waterville Craft Shop

Cycling

  • Bicycles to Hire from Casey Bicycles Cahirciveen. There is a lovely cycling trip starting from our cottages with great views through Valentia Island and Portmagee. Lots of options for cyclists along the Inny Valley, Bealagh Oisin and Ballaghbeama.
  • Cahirciveen – St Finian’s Bay – Ballinskelligs 24miles/32km
  • Cahirciveen – Inny Bridge Waterville – Waterville Lake 20miles/32km
  • Cahirciveen – Portmagee – Valentia 15miles/24km

Diving/Sub Aqua

  • Valentia, Derrynane and Caherdaniel

Festivals

  • Caherciveen Celtic Music Festival – First weekend in August
  • Killorglin Puck Fair – 10, 11 & 12 August
  • Portmagee Set Dancing Weekend –  May bank holiday weekend.

Golf:

Tel (066)9761979 Email: kilgolf@iol.ie
18 hole – Par 72 – 6497 yards – 5940m
Parkland: 8.00am till dark, Bar and Restaurant
Club Hire and Caddie Service available (pre booking)
Course Designer: Eddie Hackett

Tel (066)9768205
18 hole – par 70 – 6010 yards – 5495 m
Seaside Links near Glenbeigh – opens 10.00am
Catering Facilities

Championship Course,  seaside links,  designer E. Hackett

Horse Riding

  • Waterville, Caherdaniel and Glenbeigh

Mountain Walks in Iveragh-South Kerry

  • Geokaun Mountain and Fogher Cliff, Valentia Island.

The perfect introduction to South Kerry. A visitor attraction featuring developed walkways,information plaques and marvellous views – 1-2 hours

  • Bray Head Loop Walk Valentia

A lovely looped and marked walk on the western tip of Valentia Island

  • Emlagh Loop walk

Another new marked walk along the lovely Inny Strand and across an unspoilt bog

  • Knocknadobar Caherciveen

The mountain with everything -a pilgrim’s path with 14 Stations of the Cross leading to the giant cross at the summit- 4 spectacular corrie lakes on its northern slope-a great ridge walk and views of 3 peninsulas. Variety of walks each about 4 hours, 850 meters ascent and 10 -12 km.

  • Eagle’s Hill Caherdaniel.

Superb walk leading to a remote upland mountain lake.5 hours. Ascent 1082 m.17 km .A diversion to visit an ancient copper mine adds about 2 km. Another version of this walk would include Staigue Fort.

  • Bolus Head, Ballinskelligs.

Outstanding sea views on all sides. 3.5 hours, 11km , 520 m ascent. This is now a marked loop walk

  • Coomcalee Ridge.

Walk along the high 5-km long ridge with magnificent views of Lough Currane, Ballinskelligs Bay and the lake-studded area to the north.6 hours, 1000m ascent, and 17 km.

  • Beentee Loop walk.

Caherciveen –  A marked walkway along an ancient mass path and rising to gentle mountain slopes. Overlooks the town of Caherciveen, the marina, harbour and much more.10 km.530 m ascent .3 hours.

  • Portmagee.

Lovely high level walk with views of The Skelligs, St Finians Bay and Valentia, Waterville and from Dingle to Beara.12 km.400m ascent.3.5 hours. Longer version 24km 760m ascent and 6.5 hours.

We have route maps for 2 lovely walks which start from our cottages.The Cappawee Loop walk is low level walk along old country tacks through lovely countryside. The Kilkeaveragh Loop Walk is a mountain walk. While there is a bit of an effort to get to the top the rewards are great.
  • Coomavoher Lakes.

Circuit walk of the beautiful glacial lakes of Tooreenbog, Adoolig and many many more.16.5 km, 900-m ascent.6 hours.

  • Drung Hill.

Archaeological sites, a disused railway line and old roads. Super mountain top walk overlooking Dingle Bay and the Glenbeigh Corrie Lakes.12.5 km. Ascent 840 meters.4 hours.

This walk can be extended up to 25 km (1500m ascent and 8-9 hours). Return path along The Kerry Way or for the longer variation by Glenbeigh.

Ornithology – Bird Watchers Paradise

  • From the Seaside Cottages – Herring Gull, Shag, Arctic Skua, Heron, Ducks(Mallard, Teal and Wigeon), Wild Geese, Redshank, Swallow, Starling, Magpie, Crow, Rook etc.
  • Little Skellig’s Summer visitors – Puffin, Gannet, Fulmar, Storm Petrel, Kittiwake, Oyster catcher, Razorbill, Gull
  • South West Kerry has now been named an International Dark Sky reserve.

Outdoor Pursuits Centres

  • Valentia Sea Sports offer a great variety of activities which include water sports,water trampoline, sailing, kayaking, hill walking and rock climbing. Mor Active Waterville also offer most of these activities. Derrynane sea sports for great water based activities. Surfing on Ballinskelligs beach during the Summer. Activity Ireland, Caherdaniel and Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre

Painting

  • Plenty of locations to be painted. Visit the Artists Centre and Art Gallery at Cill Rialaig Pre-Famine village, Ballinskelligs.

Pub Entertainment:

  • The Bridge Bar Portmagee – music most nights. Tuesday – Irish night
  • The Shebeen Bar, Cahirciveen – Regular Traditional Irish music and dancing session

Restaurants

  • Portmagee:

The Fishermans – full menu
The Moorings – full menu
Skellig Mist – homebaking and coffee shop
The Bridge Bar – Pub food and lunches

  • Renard Point:

O’Neills Seafood bar

  • Valentia:

The Ring Lyne – Pub food and lunches
Bostons Bar – Pub food and lunches

Shopping

  • Cahirciveen, Waterville, Tralee and Killarney

Tours

  • Skellig Ring
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Tour of Dingle Peninsula
  • Ring of Beara Peninsula
  • Caragh Lake: Mountain drive

Visitor Attractions

  • The Barracks Cahirciveen
  • Glanleam House and Gardens Valentia
  • Derrynane House and National Park
  • Geokaun Mountain and Fogher Cliffs. Valentia’s highest point, Panoramic views, social history, picnic areas, wildlife and nature, enjoyment for all the family.