Portmagee is ideally based to provide a diverse range of activities from aqua sports to trekking, hiking, biking and horseriding to golfing, swimming, and, of course, diving for which the waters around our shores are justifiably renowned.Below is a list of some of the activities available to tourists staying in the vicinity of Portmagee while staying at Ocean View Holiday Homes.
Portmagee – The Gateway to Skellig Michael www.portmagee.ie
- 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
- The Lighthouse Café – Lunch and Dinner menu
- Caherciveen “QC’s” award winning restaurant
- Ballinskelligs – 11km: Blue flag approved beach
- Reencaheragh – 3km: Tiny beach
- Glanleam, Valentia – 9km: Small beach in nice location
- Inny Strand – 8km: Over 2km of sand – very safe swimming beach
- St Finians Bay – 10km: Small sandy beach in spectacular location
- Cooncrome – 12km: Nice secluded beach safe for swimming
- White Strand – 15km: Blue flag beach
- Kells Bay – 20km: Nice beach
- Derrynane – 30km: Spectacular beach
Cliffs of Portmagee
Kerry’s most spectacular cliffs are a mere 10-minute walk from Blasket View House on the Skellig Ring road, just a mile from Portmagee. The 300m cliffs, formed by a desert environment 400 million years ago, offer fine views of Blasket Islands and are the nearest viewing point of Skellig Rock and Puffin Island. Twitchers come here to observe the thriving colonies of cliff birds. Here too are replica stone beehive huts, similar to those on Skellig Michael. For good measure you can relax in the indoor/outdoor coffee shop while drinking in the marvellous panorama.
Bray Head Walk
Bray head is an amazing stroll to the southern tip of the island. Along the eastern side you can see the remains of 16th Century beehive huts, it overlooks Portmagee harbour and once you reach Bray tower you can see the Skellig islands, home to hermit monks between the 6th and 18th century. The tower was built by British forces to watch the Atlantic for smugglers and invaders.
This is a very scenic walk with great views overlooking the Skelligs and Dingle Peninsula. A mixture of track and sheep paths climbing to 300 metres.
RING OF KERRY
Introduction The Ring of Kerry in the southwest of Ireland is one of our most scenic routes located in some of the most beautiful, unspoilt natural environments in Ireland. So it’s really little wonder that a growing number of our tourism businesses are taking steps to conserve and care for these most precious of resources. The businesses in this guide have all taken steps to care for the natural environment without compromising on the high quality experience that they deliver for you the visitor.
These steps range from reducing their energy and water consumption, to improving their waste management and ensuring that they source fresh seasonal produce from local suppliers. As a visitor to the Ring of Kerry, you can help maintain our high quality environment and reduce your own carbon footprint as a traveller by choosing one of over sixty certified green accommodation options, activity providers, pubs, restaurants and attractions in the region.2 3 The Ring of Kerry The famous Ring of Kerry is Ireland’s most scenic route. Starting in Killarney, take the N72 to Killorglin where there is a variety of Outdoor Activity Centres.
For cyclists, we recommend taking the Glencar route that will bring you along the mountainous spine of the peninsula taking in glacial lakes and mountain passes to the heart of the Iveragh Peninsula’s Gaeltacht at Dromid (na Dromoda). From Killorglin to Glenbeigh, the Bog Village is an interesting visit and in Glenbeigh, take time for a pony trek along the beautiful Rossbeigh Beach. From Glenbeigh, the route will open up to wonderful views of Dingle Bay as you approach Kells, where the Victorian Gardens of Kells Bay are located. In Cahersiveen, the history of the area can be discovered at the Old Barracks Heritage Centre. Enjoy a fun filled boat trip around Cahersiveen Harbour and Valentia Lighthouse.
After Cahirsiveen drive on to the beautiful fishing port of Portmagee or take the ferry to Valentia Island. This region, called the Skellig Ring, is a place to linger. From Portmagee, the ferries leave for the spectacular Skellig Rocks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As you cross the bridge at Portmagee, stop to walk up to Bray Head and Geokaun Mountain for amazing views. What a view The best views on Valentia Island are from Geokaun – the island’s highest point. Take a walk up to the peak which has a 360o view as far as the Blasket Islands, the Skelligs, the McGillycuddy Reeks, and Dingle Peninsula. A viewing deck stands on the edge of the spectacular Fogher cliffs. At the Slate Quarry, the views over Valentia Lighthouse and Knightstown are the icing on the cake! Take time to visit the Tetrapod Track and take an eco tour around the harbour. From Portmagee, continue on the Skellig Ring Road, over Coomanaspig Pass to St. Finan’s Bay and on into Ballinskelligs (Baile na Sceilge), a Gaeltacht village, Valentia Island where the Cill Rialaig Famine Village and Ballinskelligs Blue Flag Beach are well worth a stop.
Waterville, with wonderful views of Ballinskelligs Bay, is home to Waterville’s famous Links Course and the angler’s paradise, Lough Currane. Onwards to Caherdaniel, the Coomakista Pass offers sublime views over Kenmare Bay, Derrynane Harbour, Scariff and Deenish Islands.
Caherdaniel is an ideal base for outdoor pursuits and is home to Derrynane House & National Historic Gardens. At Castlecove, visit Ireland’s largest circular stone fort, Staigue Fort.
Next, the colourful village of Sneem, home to the Sculpture Park and Garden of the Senses, is a delightful village to spend some time. In Kenmare, enjoy a lovely choice of charming shops, galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Stay longer to enjoy the fun and adventure of local Activity Centres, Kilgarvan’s Motor Museum and the heritage of the region is captured at Bonane Heritage Park and Gleninchaquin Park.
To complete the Ring of Kerry, travel north to Killarney via Moll’s Gap. Marvel at the panoramic vistas at Ladies View, with breathtaking views of the glorious Lakes of Killarney. Visit Torc Waterfall and Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms, the Gap of Dunloe, Kennedy’s Pet Farm, Coolwood Wildlife Park and take a jaunting car ride to Ross Castle and Muckross Abbey . Go Green Once in Ireland, why not use our public transport system to get to the Ring of Kerry.
Here are some sustainable travel options:
Take a Walk The award winning village of Sneem is an ideal base from which to explore the Atlantic coastline and rugged mountains of the Ring of Kerry. The peninsula is a haven for walkers and offers open countryside, glens, mountains and beaches to be explored. Retracing old ‘butter’ roads, bogroads, droving roads and mass paths will reveal evidence of centuries of civilisation in Celtic standing stones, Bronze Age ring forts and deserted abbeys. 10 Green things to do on the Ring of Kerry Train Ireland’s rail network is continually improving and travelling by train is an absolute pleasure.
Dublin is the hub for almost all train services, with routes fanning out to all big cities and towns, including Killarney, a perfect starting point for your trip around the Ring of Kerry. Visit Iarnrod Eireann’s website at www.irishrail.ie for timetables, prices and special offers to and from Killarney.
Bus Ireland also has an excellent bus network servicing all regions. The major towns all have a main bus station, which will allow you to branch off to surrounding smaller towns and villages, and in some cases the more isolated spots of Ireland, including the Ring of Kerry. Bus Éireann is the largest provider. You can check timetables, routes and book your tickets online at www.buseireann.ie.
The best way to travel around the Ring of Kerry is to use one of a number of coach hire companies approved to Fáilte Ireland standards which can be viewed on www.discoverireland.ie/gettingaround. There are lots of private companies operating on a number of routes and details on this can also be sourced from www.discoverireland.ie/gettingaround.
Bike Whether you are heading off with your own bike, or hiring one when you get to your destination on the Ring of Kerry, there are endless ways to get off the beaten track on two wheels in Ireland. Click on the cycling section of Discover Ireland’s website www.discoverireland.ie/cycling, to see detailed lists of routes, bike hire companies and cycling events. Walk Have a look at the ‘10 Green things to do on the Ring of Kerry’ in the next section of this brochure for some great walking ideas, or click on the walking section of Discover Ireland’s website www.discoverireland.ie/walking, to get a detailed list of walking routes in South Kerry.
The lakes by boat The spectacular lakes of Killarney comprise Lough Leane, Muckross Lake and the Upper Lake. Why not explore this natural environment by canoe or kayak using one of the many ‘green’ activity providers in this guide.
4 Having the “craic” Numerous festivals take place around the Ring of Kerry all year round, (www.discoverireland.ie/festivals).
5 Puck Fair, Ireland’s largest and the world’s oldest business event, dating back to pre-Christian times, takes place in Killorglin every August.
6 Take a jaunt If staying in Killarney why not leave the car at home and try something different and unique to Killarney, take a jaunting car. A tour by jaunting car is one of the most traditional ways to take in Killarney town, lakes and National Park. Visit Gleninchaquin Park Why not spend the day exploring Gleninchaquin Park on foot. This family-run park is located on the northwest side of the Beara Peninsula, and accessible from Kenmare on the Ring of Kerry. This idyllic valley is perfectly suited for day outings with the entire family, with ample parking and a coffee shop on site.
Gone fishing Take a day trip and go salmon or sea trout fishing on the beautiful Lough Currane, just beside Waterville village. This Lough is Ireland’s premier sea-trout fishery. Check out the ‘Play Green’ section of this guide to get details about Ireland’s first eco-certified ghillie!
Deep Sea Angling
Skelligs Boat Trips
Boat trips to the Skelligs – Brendan Casey (087) 2395470
Skelligs Chocolate Factory – Visit the Factory
Hillside Haven is a Pet Farm located on beautiful Valentia Island, Co Kerry, Ireland
Derrynane House is the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman. Situated on 120 hectares of parklands on the scenic Kerry coast, the House displays many relics of O’Connell s life and career. Access for visitors with disabilities to ground floor.
Watersports – South West Kerry is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost dive locations in Europe.
At Skelligs Watersports we cater for surfing, kayaking & windsurfing enthusiasts. Whether this is your first time engaging in watersports or you simpy want to get a refresher we will make sure that you have a fun session and improve your watersport skills.
Valentia Island Sea Sports is situated on the sea front in Knightstown, Valentia Island. Easily accessible by Car Ferry from the mainland, just two miles from Cahirsiveen, or by bridge via Portmagee, we offer a wide range of camps for all age groups from 4 years to teens, and Sailing Courses for both Children and Adults.
Diving, Surfing & Sea Kayaking – Ballinskelligs
Golf – 18 hole links golf course in nearby Waterville
Driving and touring
Burke’s Horse Riding would like to welcome you to an experience which will never be forgotten. Horse riding in Glenbeigh Co. Kerry, Ireland – located on the world-renowned Ring of Kerry, Trail riding in Kerry – Galloping along Rossbeigh Beach – Trekking along miles of country road – spectacular scenery that will take your breath away.