St Finian's Bay

Welcome to St Finian's Bay


St. Finian’s Bay or known locally as The Glen, is nestled between the villages of Portmagee and Ballinskelligs on the Skellig Ring Drive. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and each entry point to The Glen offers stunning vistas and winding mountain passes.

Visiting The Glen from the north, Coomanaspig Pass offers you the first magnificent panoramas of St. Finian’s Bay with its views to the Skellig Rocks and Puffin Island and its crescent shaped glen encircled by the rolling mountains and headlands of this beautiful corner of Kerry.

The area got its name from St. Finian, a man who lived in the 10th century and travelled from the Skelligs to Keel frequently to say mass. St. Finian had a monastery at Keel but the area is much older than that era. There is evidence of habitation from the Bronze Age and there are many souterrains, galtans and the remains of an earthen fort at Rathkerin.

Here you will find many ancient heritage sites with magical mystical views of the Skellig Rocks. Kilaboona Oratory is an exceptionally interesting early Christian site and to the west of the settlement is a well dedicated to Naomh Buaine (St. Buaine).

Killemlagh Church ruins were originally built in the 12th or 13th Century on the site of St. Finian’s original monastery. The old church was an Irish Romanesque structure and attached to it is a latter parish church. South of the church is the “Pagan’s Grave”, an unusual enclosure of standing stones, 18ft x 11ft.

Other early Christian sites include an Aifrinn, a Mass Rock used in Penal times located in the town land of Aghort and Dún Canuig Promontory is located in the town land of Cloghanecanuig.

St. Finian’s Bay pier is a popular launch pad for divers exploring the exceptional waters and underwater cliffs of the Skellig Rocks. The Glen's beach, St.Finian's Bay, is a surfer's paradise. Here, the waves and sea breezes are a tonic! Have your camera at the ready at all times…..

Any visit to The Glen would be incomplete without a visit to Skelligs Chocolate, a tiny Chocolate factory producing top quality artisan chocolates and which has stunning views of the Skelligs from its welcoming little café.


You will not wish to leave…….

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