Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland
Kerry is equally renowned for its fishing as it is for its scenery. There are few more spectacular or scenic counties in Ireland. The many peninsulas give access to both deep water rock fishing and sheltered bays famous for their monkfish and ray marks. Most of the Irish record rays were taken out of Kerry. It is home to some spectacular fishing and remarkable feats. Storm beaches like Inch and Rossbeigh strand are famous for their bass fishing, particularly in early spring but what is not as well appreciated is the superb sea fishing. There are various types of fishing within the local and surrounding areas of Cahersiveen.
Local Fishing Grounds
The fishing grounds cover from the lighthouse on Valentia, up east into Kells Bay, North of Valentia along the back of the island down to Bray Head at the end of the island and on the Skelligs and the deep banks which are between 3 and 10 miles from the end of Valentia Island, or the famous and beautiful Blasket Islands. Operational area is on average 15-20 miles from individual operator’s point of departure.
Types of Fishing
You do not have to decide what type of fishing you would like to try immediately because it is possible to anchor for part of the day and drift the rest or you can fish all day at anchor or stay drifting all day. Sometimes the weather or the tide will dictate where you can fish or even if fishing is possible and for safety reasons the skipper’s decision is final.
Pollock fishing can normally be drifted for over specific grounds and areas. There are several methods including jigging, spinning, perking, the use of shads and a slow retrieve method using a sand eel or a strip of mackerel. All these methods are excellent sport using light tackle.
The season for this is from July to September when the water temperature has risen. It is best suited to fishing four anglers on board, it can be a long slow day of waiting so be prepared but when the action starts it can be very exciting.
The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre, Coarha More, Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland
Skellig Experience Visitor Centre
Just over the bridge from Portmagee, the visitor centre tells the tale of the Skellig region, its wildlife, the history & archaeology of Skellig Michaels Early Christian monastery and the Skellig lighthouses. Valentia Island features the Glanleam House & Gardens, the Tetrapod Trackway - Tetrapod footprints made c.385 million years ago and the Telegraph Field Memorial - marking the laying of the transatlantic cable between Europe and Newfoundland.
Bridge Street, Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland
The Barracks (Cahersiveen Heritage Centre)
Once an old Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) Barracks, the building was burnt down in 1922 but was restored to its former glory, as part of a Community project. Constructed between 1869 and 1871, the Barracks now serves as a Heritage Centre for the Iveragh Peninsula - It has exhibitions and displays that include The Great Southern and Western Railway, The Life and Times of Daniel O’Connell, The Fenian Rising of 1867, The 1916 Rising and Monsignor Hugh O’ Flaherty (The Scarlet Pimpernel). Local folklore tells a strange tale surrounding the design of the building - supposedly due to mix up by the British authorities and in their haste to quell a local uprising of the Fenian Brotherhood the plans of a building originally designed for the Punjab in India were used by mistake. However, this story has little credence as the architect Enoch Trevor-Owen was known to like the German Schloss style of architecture.
Waterville Golf Links, Murreagh, Waterville, County Kerry, Ireland
Waterville Golf Links ranks as one of the finest links golf courses in the world, never mind Ireland. Located on the Ring of Kerry, the surrounding scenery and quality of golf holes is breathtaking to say the least. In 1900 Waterville became one of the first clubs to be affiliated to the Golfing Union of Ireland. Since opening in 1973, Waterville has enjoyed great popularity and has hosted some of the world’s leading professionals from Faldo and Floyd to Stewart, O’Meara and Woods, all of whom have been captivated by the course. The late Henry Cotton, three times British Open Champion, probably said it best when he commented: “Waterville has to be one of the greatest golf courses ever built. If it were located in Britain, it would undoubtedly be a venue for the British Open. I have never seen a more consistent succession of really strong and beautiful golf holes than here.”http://www.watervillegolflinks.ie
Garrygloss, Waterville Co Kerry
you have dreamed of trekking your horse along an empty beach at sunset then Cahersiveen is the perfect place to start that dream. There are many local Equestrian centres that provide trekking on the sandy beaches or through the lush green countryside. They can offer you 1, 2 and 3 hour rides and cater for all levels of experience. All the centres supply head and foot wear and are fully accredited.
The Ring of Kerry Equestrian Centre is situated on the main Ring of Kerry Road to Waterville (N70), approx 6.5km from Cahersiveen and 5km from Waterville just at the Garrai Glas turn. The Centre offers a full range of riding including beach trekking and indoor ring and is suitable for beginners and experienced riders. The Centre is open all year round.
The Final Furlong Riding Stable is located just 1.5km from Cahersiveen and offers top quality Irish Hunters and spectacular beach rides. Heather hill Stables is located in Ballinskelligs (13km from Cahersiveen) and offers a full range of riding including beach trekking. Heather hill caters to all types of rider and offers Pony Camp for children and is open seasonally.
The Ring of Kerry Equestrian Centre Address: Garrai Glas, Kinneigh, Waterville, Co. Kerry Telephone+353 (0)86 608 9856 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ballycarberry Castle, Ballycarbery East, County Kerry, Ireland
Ballycarberry Castle is located in an area known as "over the water" by the locals in Cahirciveen. Please see our interactive map for specific location and directions. If you prefer the more traditional approach, find the old barracks in Cahirciveen, located down by the waters edge, with the barracks on your right hand side continue over the bridge immediately ahead, at the next crossroads take a left and follow the signposts for the castle, it is approximately two miles on the left. Also well worth visiting in this area are the stone forts of Leacanabualie & Cahegral.
Situated near the waters edge you will see the remains of Ballycarbery Castle. This impressive looking castle with it's ivy covered tower house was once home to the McCarthy Clan and built sometime in the 15th century. It is probably the largest and most impressive castle built on the peninsula of Iveragh and is still very impressive from a distance.
Though listed on the County’s historical buildings list this is as far as the powers that be have gone to preserve this fine building. You will not find any gates or signs or paths into the castle and as the state has forgotten about it, entrance is free. You may however be a little disappointed when you see the poor state of repair the castle is in when you stroll around the ruins, care and attention are advised. An alternative to walking around the castle is to take your photos from the roadside and maintain your romantic impressions of this castle, you will however miss out on some of the best views of Cahersiveen if you do this.
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Ballycarbery East, County Kerry, Ireland
Cahergal Stone Fort
Cahergal stone fort lies three kilometres from Cahersiveen. Dated back to 600AD it is in perfect condition following many renovations and excavations over the past number of years. On visiting the fort, you are taken back in time by the strength and beauty of the stone architecture that is contained in this early settlement. Public access daily and complimentary.