This town lies at the foot of Beentee Mountain and on the river Fertha which is surrounded by towering mountains on one side and Valentia Harbour on the other. The town has a population of 1200 and is one of the westernmost towns in Ireland. Here you can expect all the wonderful views that the Iveragh Peninsula has to offer. Book your stay in one of our Unique holiday homes, Kerry here.
The town is also well worth a wander around as well as the beautiful marina which hasn’t been around long! Try shopping in Corkery’s Hardware store – a classic old shop with everything you could possibly need. Nearby is a great antiques shop where you’ll find the owner sitting outside on the footpath, on one of his displayed pieces, chatting to locals and visitors. Moving out of the town you’ll find the new Skellig Six18 distillery where the very first bottles of their gin and whiskey are being made. Discover the process behind the special recipes and enjoy some gin tasting!
There are some amazing archaeological sites in this area to explore. Such as the medieval Cahergal stone fort, said to have been built in the 7th century AD. This stone wall fort is one of the best and stands at 6m high and 3m thick, it is not known exactly what its purpose is and why it was built. Close by are some other amazing ruins such as the Leacanabuaile stone fort and Ballycarbery Castle. Leacanabuaile is a fine, partly reconstructed stone fort on a rock foundation. Its walls enclose an almost circular area measuring at 70ft in diameter. Inside the walls include the remnants of houses. Excavation processes produced Iron and Bronze age objects, suggesting that this site used to be an early Christian farming community. Ballycarberry. Castle (circa 1500) is an ivy-covered town house and was home the McCarthy clan. It is known as one of the largest and most impressive castles built on the Iveragh Peninsula.
There are fantastic walks to try in the area, with the marked Beenatee Loop walk above the town and the marked pilgrimage route up Cnoc na dTobar mountain, which is also few miles drive away.