Old RIC Barracks Killarney

Old RIC Barracks Killarney

Old RIC Barracks Killarney

Travelling the Ring of Kerry from Kenmare / Sneen ( N71) to Killarney there is a mysterious building near Ladies View Image above. It is an Old Royal Irish Constabulary Barracks, built to protect the interests of the local Landlords and stop poaching on the Kenmare Estate.

Derrycunnihy Waterfall

Derrycunnihy Waterfall

Nearby Derrycunnihy has one large and one smaller (left) beautiful Waterfalls

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Tours of Dingle Wild Atlantic Way Ireland

Tours of Dingle Wild Atlantic Way Ireland

Tours of Dingle Wild Atlantic Ireland

Day tour to Dingle by Mark and Joyce both in our late 30’s.
We went on a Self Drive tour of Dingle with an excellent Map and information on our tour given to us be the lady at out hotel. Firstly I would like to comment on the fantastically presented Map and the information, which is so relevant to the tour.
We left our hotel after breakfast well prepared, usual clothes a raincoat in case, camera, swimsuit, towels and a packed lunch for our picnic at beach recommended to us. Leaving Killarney we passed a Monument of a priest with a slogan “God has no Country” that will be one for the girls at the reception when we get back. We did stop and visited a beautiful Cathedral leaving before heading off to Milltown, Castlemaine and on to Inch beach which was recommended for Surfing Lessons, were a little on the older side late 30’s for Surfing but we said we would give it a go. We were also told the waves would be perfect for beginners and so they were and thank God the wet suits did the business. Joyce had surfed in Australia so she was first to get up on the board, I kept falling off and eventually got up and it was the most amazing experience and would recommend to more people. We promised to come back to Inch beach again not before we had a good walk on this most beautiful beach.6W3A9974

We were hungry now so we decided to find this great beach used in the Hollywood Movie “Ryan’s Daughter” and tuck into our Packed Lunch. It was about a 35 minute drive passing Dingle Town, Ventry and on the spot described to us. Wow Wow Wow this was some spot we took a load of photographs, the sun was out and we had a great Picnic looking out at the Atlantic Ocean, beautiful Islands and turquoise Water and big Waves. The beach is called coumeenole and Ireland’s most westerly beach.
Coumeenole Beach Dingle  52° 6’32.20″N  /   10°27’48.74″W

It was hard to leave this beautiful beach and next we stopped at Dunquin where there is a magnificent pier descending down into the Atlantic Ocean like a mini Great wall of China, Traditional boats can be seen here called “Currach’s” made of Canvas and oils. You can get a boat trip to the Great Blasket Island here but because of our surfing lessons and very long lunch stop we will leave it to our next visit. Now we have to find the Old School House featured in “Ryan’s Daughter” said to be in a very scenic place overlooking the Ocean from high over the cliffs.

Old School House from Ryan’s Daughter  52° 8’11.49″N  /   10°28’4.83″W

 We walked about 500 meters to get to it; it is falling down but non-the less worth a visit. When we go home we will watch the movie a classic in its time.

On recommendation we went on to visit the following attractions, Clogher Strand  52° 9’24.49″N  /   10°27’34.51″W another very scenic beach and takes huge waves, we saw photo’s of it in our hotel in the Winter and they were massive. Riasc Ring Forts   52°10’3.36″N  /   10°23’14.10″W was our next stop and then we stopped at the Gallarus Oratory  52°10’25.36″N  /   10°21’13.26″W and Kilmalkedar Church and Graveyard  52°11’4.38″N  /   10°20’15.28″W

We made our way back to Dingle and wanted to visit Ocean World and it was a fantastic experience, Sharks, Turtles and a huge array of fish to be seen in many different display tanks we were in there for a good while, Kids would love it even more there were kids in a Hurricane experience and a games room having a great time.6W3A9970-2

We gave a walk around Dingle and looked at the Shops and got some gifts to bring home, we left a trip to see Fungie the wild Dolphin for another time as we wanted to head back to the Hotel to enjoy the facilities, we were going to let our surfing muscles relax in the outdoor Hot tub it looked fantastic. We passed Inch beach on the way back and came back the way we went.

 

Overall it was the most magnificent day and experience we ever had, we discussed it over dinner at our hotel and the next day we asked the concierge what can we could add while including our highlights on a future trip on the dingle drive.

Here are some more spots worth seeing and you will come across much more on your travels :

Annascaul and Tom Crean’s Pub once home to the famous Polar Explorer.

Dunbeg Fort / Beehive Huts

Dingle Peninsula Museum

The Blasket center

Louis Mulcahy Pottery

Conor Pass

Blenerville Windmill

We didn’t stay on the Dingle Peninsula but in Killarney at the Lake Hotel, friendly staff, unbeatable location not to pricy with easy access to the best Kerry has to offer. We asked if we could write a review we were so happy with our hotel and the advice we were given.6W3A3805h3

 

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Car Clubs Killarney & the Ring of Kerry

Car Clubs Killarney & the Ring of Kerry

Car Clubs Killarney & Ring of Kerry

Car clubs Killarney

Car clubs Killarney

Our experience and space make the Lake Hotel the No1 place for Touring Car Clubs in Killarney & the Ring of Kerry.

    • Location ! Location ! Location !
    • Large car park over 150 spots + 4 electric charging stations
    • Friendly staff excellent service
    • Great advice on where to tour, stop for lunch and what to see we customize your day tours to suit your needs, local advice from locals over 100 years in the hotel business.
    • Private dining for groups up to 120
    • Free Maps of the area and can offer a presentation DVD to show your car club
    • We can organize Irish nights/shows & entertainment.
  • Family run hotel
Car Clubs ring of kerry

Car Clubs Ring of Kerry

Killarney Car groups

Killarney Car Groups

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Birdwatching in Killarney

Birdwatching in Killarney

Birdwatching in Killarney

The Lake Hotel is a great place for Birdwatching in Killarney one of the oldest and one of the most attractively located hotels in the Killarney region, if not in Kerry. Situated in 35 acres of it’s own wooded grounds, the hotel property abuts on to the 10,000 hectare Killarney National Park. The hotel is an ideal location for visiting birdwatchers wishing to explore the region. In front of the hotel, the glistening waters of Lough Leane reflect the images of Torc, Eagle’s Nest and Purple mountains which rise to nearly 1,000 metres. The largest of Killarney’s three lakes, Lough Leane overlies limestone on it’s northern and eastern shores and sandstone on it’s southern and western shores. This geological divide has created a wide variety of habitats in and around the lakes, from wooded mountain slopes and islands to shallow reed-filled bays. These bays in particular attract a wide range of wildfowl (23 species) and wader (17 species). Red breasted Merganser, Tufted duck and Teal all breed, while rarities such as Garganey, Goosander, Green-winged Teal and Ring.necked Duck have occurred. Woodcock, Common Sandpipers and Snipe are also common breeding birds, while Jack Snipe are frequent winter visitors. Castlelough Bay is located at the eastern end of Lough Leane, and has a number of small reedbeds located around it’s shores. The largest of these lies in front of the Lake Hotel, and is best viewed from the raised pier nearby. From here one can get excellent views of Great – crested Grebes, Sedge Warblers, Tufted Duck and Coot, with a good possibility of seeing the elusive Water Rail. The reedbeds attract a good Swallow roost in the autumn. Red deer are often seen in the woods at the edge of the reedbeds, and there is a good chance of seeing otters here in the morning. Within a few kilometres can be found the most diverse range of woodlands in Ireland. The nearby Muckross peninsula contains Ireland’s only Yew wood, covering 28 hectares. The mountain slopes nearby hold woods of Sessile Oak and Beech, as well as mature stands of Scots Pine, Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock and other conifers. There is also an interesting avian fauna, including Long-eared Owl, Jay, Sparrowhawk, Siskin and Crossbills. Wood Warblers and Common Redstarts are occasional. The shores around Ross Castle are fringed by extensive Alder woods where Blackcap and other warblers breed, and which in winter attract large flocks of Siskins, Redpolls and other finches, as well as good numbers of wintering Chiffchaffs. Dipper and Kingfishers occur on nearby rivers, and a small flock of Greenland White-fronted Geese winter on bogs in the National Park.

Eagle from the Lake Hotel Killarney

Eagle from the Lake Hotel Killarney

Twenty kilometres west of Killarney the estuary of the rivers Laune and Maine forms a rich feeding ground for many birds. The mouth of the estuary is protected by three spits, Cromane and Rossbeigh on the south shore and Inch spit on the north shore. This whole area, Castlemaine Harbour, provides a wonderful day’s birding against a spectacular backdrop of high mountains. When the tide drops off, large areas of mudflats are exposed behind Inch and Rossbeigh. In autumn, this area is best visited on the incoming tide, when the wildfowl and waders are pushed upshore and thus easier to view. Large numbers of Wigeon, Pale-bellied Brent, Shelduck, Oystercatchers, Dunlin and Knot congregate behind Inch with lesser numbers of Pintail, Teal and Bar-tailed Godwits. American Wigeon have been seen on a few occasions, but because of a low population density the area is very under-watched and a lot of rarities are probably missed. On the south shore, Cromane Point, a shingle spit holds up to 200 Turnstones and has been visited by little Egrets, Short-eared Owls and Black Redstarts. Further Southwest, check Rossbeigh for Brent geese and Chough, over 30 of which frequent the sand dunes outside the breeding season. Offshore, one of Ireland’s largest flocks of Common Scoter winter, numbering up to 7,000 birds, often being accompanied by Velvet and Surf Scoters. Up to 250 Red-throated divers also winter here. Thirty kilometres north-west of Killarney lies Tralee Bay. This is one of the best birding areas in Ireland and is readily accessible along both it’s northern and southern shores. Just outside Tralee, on the N68 road to Blennerville, the estuary of the river Lee starts. The nearby saltmarsh is an important roosting site for waders, including many thousands of Lapwings which often provide spectacular aerial displays. Curlew Sandpipers, Ruff and Spotted Redshank are regular in this area, and every year rarities such as Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Sociable Plover and Avocet occur. Travelling further west towards Castlegregory brings you to Brandon Bay, one of the best Throughout the winter months the bay holds good numbers of scarcer species such as Slavonian, Black-necked and Red-necked grebes, as well as Great-northern and Red-throated Divers. On your way, stop in at Lough Gill, an important site for wintering swans and duck such as Scaup (1200+), Shoveller and Gadwall. Greater Flamingo was one of the many rarities which turned up here recently. Turnstones and Purple Sandpipers over winter at nearby Rough Point. On the western-most tip of the Dingle Peninsula, the wooded gardens and glens at Dunquin have been attracting interesting sites for grebes, divers and migrant seabirds, Strong north-west winds in autumn will funnel birds into this bay and Brandon point is a popular seawatching point. Great, Arctic and Pomarine skuas are frequent and Long-tailed skuas turn up annually. Large numbers of Cory’s and Sooty Shearwater, Grey Phalaropes and Sabines Gulls have also American vagrants such as Red-eyed Vireos and the locality is well worth a visit during the autumn. North of Tralee one should stop in at Barrow Harbour and Carrahane Strand, which attract up to 1,000 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 10,000 Golden Plover. Further north, just outside the sleepy village of Ballyheigue lies Akeragh Lough, a Mecca for European and American rarities. Lying behind the sand dune system of Banna Strand, this lagoon type lake has a good fringe of reedbeds and mudflats, through which a river flows to the sea at the nearby Black Rock, another site well worth checking. The list of rarities which gave been attracted to this relatively small site is staggering Pectoral and Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Red-necked Grey and Wilson’s Phalarope, Black and White-winged Black Tern, Forster’s Tern and Laughing Gull, Spotted Crake, White-rumped and Semi-palmated Sandpipers the list is endless. It is a site worth visiting at almost any time of year.
I hope you find this information useful, Terry Carruthers ( I.W.E TOURS )

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Birdwatching in Killarney

Birdwatching in Killarney

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Surf in Kerry

Surf in Kerry

Surfing in Kerry

Surf School at Inch Beach

Surf School at Inch Beach

Join a Surf school in Kerry this Year?  Looking for Accommodation?

The Coastguard Station

The Lake Hotel Killarney

Ireland's first Surfers

Ireland’s first Surfers

Blast from the past courtesy of

Is this Ireland’s first Surfer? (taken in the mid ’60s on Reenroe beach Ballinskellig’s Bay near Waterville, Co. Kerry – besides the Golf Course )

http://longboardirl.2.forumer.com/a/irish-surf-surfari-1967_post824.html

Johnny McIlroy – Reenroe 1967
Photo by Des Thompson
Billy Huggard, the hotel proprietor, let our party of surfers and hotel guests round to the north shore where we checked out the bays and beaches. At last, we found some really spectacular surf at Reenroe, a fantastic sight, a good break holding its shape. The offshore winds were blasting the tops off eight-foot walls. Even in the very windy conditions, you could see the possibilities of near perfection. The tide was well out but we had to surf to eat, so out went Tigger Newling and Johnny McIlroy. The short session was soon over, no question about blasting this surf wide open; it was a little too hairy.
After this brief demonstration, the hotel guests were stoked so we promised to return after lunch and surf at high tide. On the full tide, the rock outcrop would offer good shelter and perhaps a point break would form. This wasn’t so inspiring for ‘Animal’ Chris Canning or myself, both ‘goofy-footers’. In all probability, we would get nailed on the rocks.
Johnny McIlroy – Reenroe 1967
Photo by Des Thompson
After lunch, the change in the wind was nothing short of a miracle. The wind had dropped, the sun was shining, and the surf was classic! Clothes flew everywhere. This was the best surf we had seen since arriving in Ireland. Someone, sometime, has got to make the supreme decision and our sacrifice came at Reenroe. This beautiful surf just had to be recorded on film. So, lassoed with gadget box, 35mm camera, teleconverter, telephoto lenses etc, and John with his 8mm movie camera, we clambered over the rocks to record the action. Rod Sumpter joined in with his 16mm camera and was soon shooting away. The session was packed with every trick in the surf book; we were now a certainty for high tea, and bed & breakfast again. In the evening, everyone was cock-a-hoop at salvaging a terrific day from a ghastly beginning, and after a whacking great feed, there was a session in the pool room before propping up the bay and talking surf for the rest of the evening. Most of the visitors had by now become well versed in our surf jargon and no longer though

Surf in kerry

Surfing in Kerry

Our own Surf Movie taken this day at Inch More ……

Spiritual-surfing Kerr

Spiritual-surfing Kerr

Surfing Inch Reefs

Surfing Inch Reefs

Inch Surf ireland

Inch Surf ireland

Surf in Ireland

Surf in Ireland

Garrywilliam-point

Garrywilliam-point

http://offshoresurfschool.ie/surf-in-inch

http://www.magicseaweed.com/

http://www.kingdomwaves.com/

http://www.skelligsurf.com/new_site/

http://www.jamieknox.com/

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Bike rental in Killarney

Bike rental in Killarney

Bike rental in Killarney

Bike rental Map_of_killarney

Bike rental Map_of_killarney

Killarney Rent a Bike

Killarney Bike Rental with Touring and Mountain Bikes

Cycling in the Gap of Dunloe, you can also put your bike on a boat and cruise for 13 miles through the Killarney National Park, Meeting of the Waters, Muckross and lower lake and on to Ross Castle.

 Map of our Rental locations for

Cycling map of Killarney

Cycling map of Killarney

Mountain and Touring Cycles

Killarney National Park Bike Rental & Rent a bike

Killarney with Kids

Killarney with Kids

Cycling in Killarney and where to Rent a Bike and a Map of the Killarney National Park

Cycling in the Killarney National park

Cycling in the Killarney National park

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Beaches near Killarney

Beaches near Killarney

Beaches near Killarney

 

There are so many beaches you can access from Killarney, the most popular are Rossbeigh (Glenbeigh), Inch, Kells, and Banna Strand, other beaches in the county which are a little further to get to include, Ventry, Ballybunion, Ballinskelligs, Derrynane & White Strand (near Cahersiveen).

There are some stunning Beaches in remote areas of Kerry with No Lifeguard anytime and Strong Currents yet they can be a great place to have a picnic take stunning photos and enjoy the scenery. They include, Coummenole most westerly in Europe, Long beach in Derrynane, Saint Finian’s Bay, Clogher strand, Kinard stony beach and Brandon Bay.

Blue Flag Beaches in Kerry

Kerry is proud to have 12 Blue Flag Beaches (below) with a Lifeguard in place in the months of  June July August :

Lifeguard Times

12pm to 7pm Monday to Saturday

11am to 7pm Sunday’s

Derrynane  Ballinskelligs  White Strand  Kells   Inch  Ventry   Magherabeg  Fenit   Banna   Ballyheigue  Ballybunion South  Ballybunion North

Beaches near Killarney

Beaches near Killarney

Inch Beach from Killarney

Inch Beach from 30 minutes from Killarney

Blue Flag Beaches Kerry

Not all beaches are suitable for swimming observe local signs

Beaches in kerry

Beaches in Kerry

Skellig ring Beach

Skellig Ring Beach at Saint Finian’s Bay

Surfing Beach in Kerry

Surfing Beach Ballinskelligs in Kerry

Kerry beaches near killarney

Blue Flag beach 1 hour 20 minutes from Killarney

Lake Beaches in Killarney National park

Lake Beaches in Killarney National park near Muckross House

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Killarney with Kids

Killarney with Kids

Killarney with Kids

Killarney with kids and things to do.

Killarney with Kids

Killarney with Kids

    1. Rent Bikes Cycle the safe national Park trails.
    1. Take a Boat Trip on the Lakes
    1. Search for Wild Red Deer, White Tailed Eagles and other Animals.
    1. Killarney High Ropes for Kids Adventure 5 star
    1. Take a Jaunting Car trip in the National Park
    1. Go Horse Riding in the National Park
    1. Visit Kennedy’s Pet Farm
    1. Visit Coolwood wildlife park
    1. Muckross Traditional Farms
  1. Lunch overlooking the 12th Century Castle at the Lake Hotel
Cycling Killarney national park

Cycling Killarney national park

Great cycling trails in the Killarney National park for Kids.

Boat trips on the lakes for kids

Boat trips on the lakes for kids

Kids menu killarney

Kids menu Killarney (old menu)

Children’s Menu at the

Things to do in Kerry (some)

Surfing in Ireland

Surfing lessons for kids  in Kerry

Crag Caves in Castleisland
Ocean World in Dingle
Water sports on a Kerry Beach
Horse riding in Derrynane
Surfing lessons at Inch Beach
Cappanalee outdoor centre
Motorized Kayaks in Kenmare Bay
The Gap of Dunloe tour
Krazy Golf at Dunloe
Eco Tours with Vincent Hyland

Kerry Beaches

Kerry Beaches

Visit one of our beautiful beaches when touring the Ring of Kerry or the Dingle Peninsula

Gift Vouchers in Killarney

Kids store Lynes of Killarney on High Street

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Charlie Chaplin in Waterville

Charlie Chaplin in Waterville

Charlie Chaplin in Waterville

Charlie Chaplin in Waterville, his family made Waterville their second home for many years due to the friendly Hospitality offered by the Huggard family in the Butler Arms Hotel and all the local people in the Village. It was an annual event when a big car carrying the whole Chaplin family would arrive, the excitement, especially for the children of the village, meeting our friends again, it became part of life and we expected it would go on forever. When the troubles broke out in 1970 Charlie Chaplin and his family stopped coming due to fears it would spread south but today Waterville is still enjoyed by the Chaplin children and the next generations.

Today we don’t think of what it was like there was a man once regarded as the most famous people in the world in our quiet village in the south west of Ireland. He was treated like a local and he loved the atmosphere in and around the Butler Arms Hotel and became great friends with Billy and Mary Huggard and Martin and Mary Billy’s parents. Billy’s children still keep in touch with some of the Chaplin’s today it was a time of something special not because they were famous but because how quick they could fit in the local community. They tell us it was one of the happiest times in their childhood coming to Waterville each year. Billy would have the Chaplin family out Fishing, Horseriding, Swimming, and Sand Yachting, in the evenings all the residents of the Butler Arms would gather around the snooker table and play a game called “Roll the Red” and would entertain everyone and they would all get involved. Table Tennis was also a popular game for residents, so its no wonder in earlier times when Hilda, Billy’s sister moved to the Lake Hotel in Killarney in 1940, shortly after she became the table tennis champion of Killarney beating Teddy Clifford in the final in the old Muckross Hotel.

Chaplins in Waterville

Chaplins arriving in Waterville

The Charlie Chaplin and his family arriving back to Waterville greeted by Mrs Huggard (Mary) her Daughter in law Mary Huggard (nee Liddycoat from Valentia and Billy’s wife) Oona Chaplin and her children and friends.

Chaplins in Waterville

Chaplins in Waterville

Mary Huggard, Oona Chaplin, Charlie and Josephine on Reenroe Beach. (note before the Reen Roe Hotel was built in the background)

Looks like Charlie is giving a crash course on Acting, no doubt Billy was flying down the beach on his Sand Yacht with some of the children.

Shivaun Huggard and Janie Chaplin

Shivaun Huggard and Janie Chaplin

Shivaun Huggard and Jane “Janie” Chaplin at Reenroe Waterville with “Puck” the Horse.

Charlie in the Butler Arms

Charlie in the Butler Arms

Charlie Chaplin fishing

Charlie chaplin fishing

Happy Christmas to Billy and Mary Huggard

Happy Christmas to Billy and Mary Huggard

Charlie Chaplin Festival Waterville

Charlie Chaplin Festival Waterville

Chaplin Girl in Waterville

Chaplin Girl in Waterville

Sand Yacht Waterville

Sand Yacht Waterville

Charlie Chaplin with Billy on the sand yacht and Oona on Reenroe beach.

Outdoor Swimming pool Reenroe

Outdoor Swimming pool Reenroe

Waterville 1970 Huggard Family

Waterville 1970 Huggard Family

An army of Kids awaited the Chaplin’s arrival each year here are the Huggard’s from the Butler Arms never mind all the local children who were also friends with the Chaplin children that time in Waterville most of the families lived in the Village centre it was like one big playground for all of us.

Billy Huggard and family Waterville

Billy Huggard and family Waterville

Charlie and Oona in Waterville

Charlie and Oona in Waterville

Martin Huggard of Waterville

Martin Huggard of Waterville

Walt Disney in Waterville

Walt Disney in Waterville

Walt Disney with Mary Huggard at the Butler Arms in Waterville

More Charlie Chaplin Images

Charlie Chaplin Museum in Switzerland More……..

Charlie Chaplin on Wikipedia More……..

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Surfing in Kerry

Surfing in Kerry

Surfing in Kerry

Where is your sense of adventure?

Try Surfing lessons at the Scenic Inch Beach, Castlegregory, Ballinskelligs, Banna Beach or Derrynane.

Why Surf?

It’s fun its exercise and its Spiritual.

Wetsuits are provided and the proper equipment and training

Kerry has some of the best surfing spots in Ireland, especially for beginners to well seasoned Surfers.


Surf Lessons in kerry

Take a Surfing Lesson at Inch beach, a very scenic spot 40 minutes from Killarney on the Dingle Peninsula.  Brandon Bay probably the best Surfing region in Kerry due to consistent swells. You have Water World http://waterworld.ie/   and Jamie Knox  http://www.jamieknox.com/ in Brandon Bay.

Between Waterville and Ballinskelligs you have Reenroe beach, the spot where a Surf Safari of Ireland visited in the 1950s

Surfing in Ireland

Surfing in Ireland

Surfing in Kerry

Surfing in Kerry

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