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

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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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Mountains in Kerry

Mountains in Kerry

Mountains in Kerry and the Killarney area

Mountains in Kerry and the Killarney area.

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.

Mountains in Kerry

Beenkeragh Ridge Carrauntoohil

Crossing the notorious Beenkeragh Ridge after a great summit to Carrauntoohil now heading to Beenkeragh Mountain.

Niall Huggard Carrauntoohil County Kerry

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

Kerry Ridge in the Kerry mountains

Mangerton Mountain Killarney

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

Devil’s Punchbowl Mangerton Mountain

The Devil’s Punchbowl in Snow, Torc Mountain is to the left and Killarney in the distance.

Kerry Mountains

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

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.

Knock Na Tober ring of Kerry

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

Killarney Mountains in Snow

Sunrise over the Kerry Mountains, Strickeen, Cruach Mor and the Big Gun looking back along the Kerry Ridge.

Ireland's Highest Mountains

Climbing Ireland’s Highest Mountains

Kerry Mountains

West Kerry’s  remote Sauce Creek

Golf in Killarney

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 of Ross Castle Killarney

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.

Castle in Killarney

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

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.

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Killarney House & Gardens

Killarney House & Gardens

Killarney House

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.

Killarney House

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

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.

Deenagh Lodge Killarney

Deenagh Lodge Killarney

Local Accommodation More……

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Ring of Kerry Map & what to see

Ring of Kerry Map & what to see

Ring of Kerry Map & what to see

 

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.

Ring of Kerry Map what to see

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What to do in Killarney if it Rains

What to do in Killarney if it Rains

What to do in Killarney if it Rains

Here are some things you can do in Killarney in the rain.

What to do in Killarney if it Rains!

  1. Visit Muckross House and do a tour of the house
  2. Torc Waterfall is tree-lined from the carpark and is about 150 meters and well worth a view, its amazing in or after rain
  3. Have Lunch at the Lakeside Bistro overlooking a 12th Century Castle at Lake Hotel and check out the museum type set up on the walls in the public lounges
  4. Take a tour of Ross Castle
  5. Covered in Boat trip on the Waterbus at Ross Castle, great History of Killarney
  6. Muckross Abbey is amazing any time it is worth a visit.
  7. Go Shopping in Killarney, great shops and interesting things to see.
  8. Is a Pub Crawl out of the question, over 30 pubs in Killarney !!
  9. Killarney House and Gardens, once home to “The Man who built Washington” John McShain, free entry and very interesting.
  10. 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

  1. Aqua Dome in Tralee, 30 km indoor Waterslides and pool for Kids
  2. Ocean World in Dingle 60 km
  3. Climbing wall in Dingle
  4. Kerry County Museum Tralee
  5. Crag Caves in Castleisland 30 km Play area and Amazing Caves underground
  6. Skellig Chocolate Factory on the Skellig Ring between Ballinskelligs and Portmagee.
  7. Derrynane House Caherdaniel on the Ring of Kerry.
  8. Skellig Experience Valentia Island near Portmagee.
Shopping in Killarney

Shopping in Killarney

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Prehistoric Rock Art in Kerry

Prehistoric Rock Art in Kerry

Prehistoric Rock Art in Kerry

Prehistoric Rock Art Kerry

Prehistoric Rock Art Kerry

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.

Stone Art Kerry Ireland

Stone Art Kerry Ireland

Kerry Rock Art, Ireland

Kerry Rock Art, Ireland

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Standing Stone Row Waterville on the Ring of Kerry

Standing Stone Row Waterville on the Ring of Kerry

Standing Stone Row Waterville on the Ring of Kerry

Travelling the Wild Atlantic Way of just doing the Ring of Kerry, look out for this magnificent standing Stone Row Waterville positioned on the left-hand side of the road as you leave Waterville on the Caherdaniel direction. After going over the bridge as you leave Waterville the Standing Stones are positioned on a slight Hill on the left-hand side about 1 km, on the right-hand side there is a small lay-by to park for the driver to get a look at the Stones.

The Eightercua Stone Row in Waterville 1900 BC is a Megalithic tomb of four stones in an East to West direction aligned with the September solstice. Scéine wife of one of the leaders of the Milesians invaders to Ireland is buried here.

Other stories suggest that the Irish defeated the Milesians here at a great battle for the World and feared the Gods would revenge the killing of their Queen (Scéine) so the Irish erected these stones on her burial ground to please the Gods.

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