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 :
Lunch overlooking the 12th Century Castle at the Lake Hotel
Cycling Killarney national park
Great cycling trails in the Killarney National park for Kids.
Boat trips on the lakes for kids
Kids menu Killarney (old menu)
Children’s Menu at the
Things to do in Kerry (some)
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
Visit one of our beautiful beaches when touring the Ring of Kerry or the Dingle Peninsula
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 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
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 Jane “Janie” Chaplin at Reenroe Waterville with “Puck” the Horse.
Charlie in the Butler Arms
Charlie chaplin fishing
Happy Christmas to Billy and Mary Huggard
Charlie Chaplin Festival Waterville
Chaplin Girl in Waterville
Sand Yacht Waterville
Charlie Chaplin with Billy on the sand yacht and Oona on Reenroe beach.
Outdoor Swimming pool Reenroe
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
Charlie and Oona in Waterville
Martin Huggard of Waterville
Walt Disney in Waterville
Walt Disney with Mary Huggard at the Butler Arms in Waterville
Try Surfing lessons at the Scenic Inch Beach, Castlegregory, Ballinskelligs, Banna Beach or Derrynane.
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.
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
The Mountains in Kerry well what can we say they are just amazing, you have every type of challenge available from the handy climb to the top of Torc Mountain to the challenges of Carrauntoohil and the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks with its many knife edged Ridges. The Mountains in Kerry stretch over much of the entire County nearly all of the Dingle Peninsula rises from the Atlantic Ocean to great heights, Torc and Mangerton along with Purple are just a few of many near Killarney this side of the Gap of Dunloe. Beyond the Gap of Dunloe the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks with its many Mountain peaks right down to Knock Na Tober and the Mountains near Waterville and not forgetting the Beara Peninsula.
Overall the Mountains in Kerry have a huge selection and can suit all levels of Mountain climbing, one book we would recommend is “The Dingle, Iveragh & Beara Peninsulas” by Adrian Hendroff it has a fantastic choice of Mountains in Kerry to climb. Another really good book for the Mountains in Kerry is “Carrauntoohil & MacGillycuddy’s Reeks: A Walking Guide to Ireland’s Highest Mountains by Jim Ryan.
Beenkeragh Ridge Carrauntoohil
Crossing the notorious Beenkeragh Ridge after a great summit to Carrauntoohil now heading to Beenkeragh Mountain.
Niall Huggard Carrauntoohil County Kerry
The day after the Cross was put back up on Carrauntoohil, fantastic weather a magical experience.
Kerry Ridge in the Kerry mountains
The Lake Hotel form Mangerton Mountain Killarney
Climbing Mountains in Kerry where to stay? The Lake Hotel (by the lake in the distance) is an ideal base with the best views, Free Car Park, Drying room and great customer service and now they have there own Craft beer !! www.lakehotelkillarney.ie Free Wi-Fi
Devil’s Punchbowl Mangerton Mountain
The Devil’s Punchbowl in Snow, Torc Mountain is to the left and Killarney in the distance.
Kerry Mountains near the top of “the Bone”
Great view of the most popular Kerry Mountains, Caher on the left Carrauntoohil and Beenkeragh and the Lakes below in the Hags Glen.
Video of a trip up Carrauntoohil Beenkeragh and Knockbrinnea January 2015
View from Torc Mountain
The View from Torc Mountain is amazing and it’s an easy enough climb and very enjoyable has a higher mountain experience at the top.
Cnoc na dTober Ring of Kerry
Stations of the Cross on this Pilgrims walk up Cnoc na dTober one of the great scenic climbs in Ireland
Killarney Mountains in Snow
Sunrise over the Kerry Mountains, Strickeen, Cruach Mor and the Big Gun looking back along the Kerry Ridge.
Climbing Ireland’s Highest Mountains
West Kerry’s remote Sauce Creek
Mangerton Mountain from Killarney Golf Course
You can see the walls of the Devil’s Punchbowl on the top of Mangerton, the Devil’s Bit and the stream leaving the Punchbowl that becomes Torc Waterfall.
View from Tomies Mountain Kerry
Another great view from one of Kerry’s least climbed Mountains with such great views, The Head of the Gap, Purple, Purple North East and Shehy Mountains and follow the high ground until you get a clear view of Dinis Cottage, Bricin Bridge, Innisfallen Island and the 3 lakes of Killarney. Avoid it in bad weather there are no tracks for much of it and it can be hard going and a long journey.
Mangerton & Torc mountain from the Lake Hotel Killarney
Wake up every day with a view of Mangerton & Torc Mountains they are climbable most of the year with amazing views, you can even walk from the Lake Hotel to climb these Mountains.
Sun setting on the Kerry Mountains
A beautiful sight in the Kerry Mountains, the Sun setting showing Carrauntoohil and Beenkeragh Mountain after a great day on the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.
Killarney House is situated on the Town end on the Muckross road. it is now open to the public since June 2017, after a big investment on behalf of tourism. The House was originally owned my Lady Grosvenor and in 1959 it was bought by John McShain where he and his wife Mary lived until they died. It was idle for many years but recently the Irish Government have funded the restoration of the property which was campaigned by locals for its proximity to the town of Killarney.
Today you can stroll the beautiful gardens and visit the House itself. John McShain was a very successful builder known as “The Man Who Built Washington” the Pentagon one of the most famous projects he later returned to his Irish roots and settled in Killarney. It was his wish that the house is passed onto the state and used as a National park a generous gesture from the McShain family.
Killarney House & Gardens
Close by you also have the Killarney Cathedral and Deenagh Lodge, further out the Muckross road you have Muckross Abbey, Muckross House and traditional farms along with Torc Waterfall.
Ring of Kerry Map & what to see and do we will guide you all the way with some very interesting stops and all the top places to visit with 100% local advice. If you are starting in Killarney go in a anti-clockwise direction on the N 72 to Killorglin, if you visit the icons on this map you will get the best out of your trip on the Ring of Kerry and much of the Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry.
Visit Dinis Cottage Tearooms, beautiful treelined walk to the Cottage and the Meeting of the Waters.
Our advice is to bring a raincoat or rain cape there are so many things to do outside where shelter from the elements is provided, we encourage our visitors to get out and about and enjoy your vacation, one of the downsides of Killarney being such a beautiful region is the moist climate that comes with it. That said there are very few days in the year where it is too bad to get out, once you get going it’s very enjoyable to be jumping in from a rain shower to an open fire and have a nice lunch in one of Killarney’s many places to dine.
Rain can be part of the whole Irish experience, if you want dry sun and hot climates this is the wrong place for you, if you wand warm welcomes, nice people and a really enjoyable experience this is the place for you, you may even get lucky and have 100% dry weather on your visit to Killarney it does happen.
Cardiac Hill Killarney
One of my favourites walks even in very bad weather because you get great shelter from the elements and a good work-out it is a strenuous walk/climb so follow the advice on the sign about Clothing and footwear.
A bit further from Killarney in Kerry, you can enjoy
Aqua Dome in Tralee, 30 km indoor Waterslides and pool for Kids
Ocean World in Dingle 60 km
Climbing wall in Dingle
Kerry County Museum Tralee
Crag Caves in Castleisland 30 km Play area and Amazing Caves underground
Skellig Chocolate Factory on the Skellig Ring between Ballinskelligs and Portmagee.
Derrynane House Caherdaniel on the Ring of Kerry.
Skellig Experience Valentia Island near Portmagee.
I recently climbed An Cnoc Riabhach (the grey hill) near Ballaghbeama Gap in the Heart of Kerry and came across this table like a rock with the Ancient circle drawings called Rock Art. As kids in Waterville, I remember seeing it and being told the Fairies did it. So its time to inquire and find out more as there are over 50 Prehistoric Rock Art locations in and around the Ring of Kerry many dating back to the Bronze Age as early as 2,500 BC. Many have been well worn by the Weather and the elements, but I bet there are many more examples to be uncovered in the future which are presently protected my grass and earth. Do the circles represent the night sky and possibly the Stars, the hole or bowl in the middle could be Earth, it is hard to know but it is a common type of symbolic drawings seemingly found in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and Spain.