Welcome to Tuosist

Tuosist Post Office. ©Tuosist Village Aerial view of Kilmackillogue.. ©Kevin Dwyer AIPPA www.kevindwyer.ie Tuosist. ©Tuosist Village

 

Tuosist

The name Tuosist comes from the Irish Tuath Ó Siosta, or territory of the Soista people. Tuath is the Irish word referring to a community and the area in which they live. Tuosist is a long coastal stretch along the northern side of the Beara Peninsula from Kenmare out to the county bounds at Ardgroom. The parish consists of a whole series of deep mountain valleys that rise up from Kenmare Bay stretching into the Caha Mountains.

One such valley takes you up to the famous Healy Pass (R574) from which Glenmore Lake is best viewed. Some of these valleys, Glentrasna and Glensrastel, are not even inhabited. From these mountain glens two rivers flow through the lowland into Kilmackillogue harbour. Woodlands cover many of the headlands around the harbour and all these features create the natural beauty of the area.

Alongside spectacular scenery are a variety of enjoyable activities which include walking, cycling, diving and historical sites. The area has excellent fishing for salmon, brown, rainbow and sea trout, with sea and shore fishing for mackerel, pollock, etc.

The area is renowned for its good walking facilities with both loop and linear walks marked. The Beara Way follows old and minor roads through the area. The Rabach Walk leads to the deserted village of Cummeengeara, the scene of a nineteenth century murder. Gleninchaquin Park provides breath-taking landscapes and scenery in which it is a sheer delight to wander around over streams with log bridges, mountain paths with carved steps, through rock passages, along glens and lakes to higher altitudes.

Dereen Garden with its wide variety of semitropical flora is open to visitors for much of the year.

Kenmare Bay Diving, located at Kilmackillogue harbour offers diver training courses through PADI. 

Archaeological remains include two stone circles, Cashelkeelty and Shronebirrane, other megalithic structures, Ringforts and Fulachta Fiadh (cooking pits).

The Tuosist area has many attractions for visitors of every age and offers a wide range of both self-catering and bed and breakfast accommodation as well as two caravan and camping parks for those who prefer the outdoor life.

 

 

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