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10 Fantastic Day Trips

10 Fantastic Day Trips using Sneem to Caherdaniel as your base!

  1. Gleninchaquin Park and Star Outdoors

    About 12km from Kenmare or 35km from Sneem on the Castlownbere road you will find a sign on the left for Gleninchaquin Park. Donal Corkery's park is a delightful place to spend a day in the country. Picnic by the streams and waterfalls. The trail over the waterfall takes about two hours. There are also shorter walks for the smaller people or the not so energetic. On the way back in to Kenmare Star Outdoors is a purpose built outdoor activity centre offering hours of activities for all the family. Sailing courses also arranged.

  2. The Beara Peninsula

    The Ring of Beara is the route that takes in all of the area through Adrigole, Healy Pass, Lauragh, Eyeries, Allihies, Dursey island and the fishing port of Castletownbere. This is a more unspoiled and lesser known Peninsula than the Ring of Kerry. It lies south of Kenmare and its rugged beauty is beyond compare. An ideal place to drive or cycle. Traffic is minimal and you will be treated to spectacular views as well as quaint and sparsely populated fishing villages. The Healy Pass cuts across the Caha Mountains and offers fine views over famous Bantry Bay.


  1. The Skellig Ring

    This route takes in some of the most spectacular coastal views in Kerry. Leaving from Sneem or Derrynane head for Waterville, home to the world famous championship Golf Course, then on to Renard and take the short ferry from here to Valentia Island. Visit the pre-dinosaur tetrapod track-way made more than 350 million years ago. Take the coastal road to Portmagee and visit the Skellig Experience Centre. Return to the mainland via the bridge and continue over the Coomakassig Pass to Baile na Sceilge (Ballinskelligs). Highlights are the spectacular views of the Skellig Rocks and Puffin Island. Visit the Skellig Chocolate Factory and Siopa Cill Rialaigh, a unique artist retreat and gallery.


  1. Skellig Mhichil or the Great Schellig

    Skellig Mhichil is situated 8 miles off the south Kerry coast and is a true expression of the heroic monastic spirit of medieval Ireland. It is a world heritage UNESCO site. Sixth century monks built their monastery 600 feet up on this wave lashed rock and traded birds eggs, feathers and seal meat with passing ships for materials such as tools and Vellum. They braved it here until the 12th century when they moved to Ballinskelligs on the mainland. Trips to this very special place leave daily (weather permitting) from Portmagee Pier or Bullavalla Pier in Derrynane.


  1. Kennedy’s Pet Farm and Aura Leisure Centre

    The pet farm is an hours drive from Sneem or 1hr 15min from Derrynane. This is an all weather pet farm and playground. Pets from fur to feather, indoors and outdoors, ready to be cuddled, fed and admired. The farm has a selection of gentle ponies who love to take children for a ride. This place is a children’s adventure and many hours can be spent here with entertainment from little ones to all ages. While in the area visit Aura Leisure Centre, Killarney. This newly opened centre caters for all levels of fitness and the beauty is you do not have to be a member. You can just pop in and pay as you go.

  2. Killarney, Torc Waterfall and Muckross House

    Renowned for it’s beauty, famed for the splendour of its scenery, Killarney is one of the worlds best-loved tourist spots. Situated an hour from the Sneem-Derrynane area with its three famous lakes reflecting the ever changing skies above the great McGuillicuddy Reeks, Killarney has been the inspiration of poets and painters for many centuries and now it is also a thriving commercial and tourist centre. Muckross is the heart of Killarney, a wonderful leisure area for cycling, walking or horse riding, or take a trip on the famous Jaunting Cars. Muckross House is Kerry’s folklore centre and is also preserved as a period home. Muckross Gardens beside the house are exquisite and expansive. Torc Waterfalls at 20m high is one of Ireland’s major falls, and is 7km from Killarney on the Sneem Kenmare road.


  1. Aquadome and Crag Cave

    This combination will prove to be an action filled adventure ideal for a rainy day. At the Aquadome whet your appetite in the wave pools, relax in the lazy river, wrestle in the raging rapids, fly the flume or simply enjoy the slides, spa pools or children’s pool. The Aquadome is about 1.30hrs from the Sneem area. Crag Cave is in Castelisland and is about half an hours drive form Tralee. Crag Cave is formed of limestone. It is a colourful wonderland of Stalagmites and Stalactites. Discovered by cavers in 1983 this natural all weather tourist attraction is thought to be over 1 million years old. The cave also has Crazy Cave, a children’s indoor play area ,and restaurant.


  1. Dingle and Waterworld

    Discover the beautiful Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head and to keep the children occupied a visit to Dingles Waterworld or take a boat trip out to visit Fungi the Dolphin.


  1. Kenmare, Glengarriff and Bantry House

    These three towns are within an hour of the Sneem Caherdaniel area and will delight tourists with a variety of activities and attractions.


  1. The Ring of Kerry Drive

    Our area is an ideal starting point for the famous Ring of Kerry Drive. This is 175km (110 Miles) of the most scenic and dramatic coastline in the country and is known all around the world. The route follows the coastline around the Ivearagh peninsula. This is an essential day tour and you will experience wonderful array of sea, coast, lake, river, blanket bog, forest and mountain terrain – a celebration of nature!