Welcome to Blennerville

Blennerville Windmill, Blennerville, North Kerry. ©© Copyright_AngelaStack Jeannie Johnston ship Tralee Ship Canal

 

Blennerville (Cathair Uí Mhóráin, ford on the great river) is 1 miles west of Tralee where the Slieve Mish mountains sweep down almost to the sea and the view past the Maharees peninsula to Brandon Head make this an area of outstanding beauty. A nature lovers paradise you can enjoy walking, cycling, photography, bird-watching, horse-riding and hiking.

Developed by the Blennerhasset family in the 18th century, Blennerville served as the main port of emigration from County Kerry to North America during the Great Famine (1845-48). The famous Jeannie Johnston emigrant ship operated from Blennerville, making 16 voyages to North America with over 2,500 emigrants to a new life.  No crew or passengers were ever lost, a remarkable achievement considering the conditions of the day and the “coffin ship” reputation of other vessels. Blennerville has been an important lynchpin connecting east and west - The Tralee and Dingle Light Railway (1891 – 1953), was one of the world’s most famous narrow gauge railways, and the most westerly railway in Europe.

The largest working windmill in Ireland dominates the skyline in Blennerville and the adjoining Visitor Centre chronicles the areas historical past, including the history of the Jeannie Johnston ship. A replica of the Jeannie Johnston was completed in 2002, and is moored at Custom House Quay in Dublin. This unique 201 year old restored windmill houses an exhibition of Irish milling history and working millstones. A selection of exhibitions on the region is also on show here.

The Tralee Bay Nature Reserve extends east and west of Blennerville Bridge, an internationally known wildlife habitat and important breeding ground for migratory birds.

You can enjoy a leisurely walk along the tow path of the Tralee Ship Canal which will take you to Cockleshell Beach with beautiful vistas of Tralee Bay or the Tralee Lee Valley Walk which will take you along the leafy lanes of Ballyard from where you can also explore Scotia’s Grave.  The renowned hikers trail, the Dingle Way begins in Blennerville and stretches along the coast, crossing the Brandon Mountains before dropping down to the port of Dingle.

The Farmers Market, held every Sunday afternoon, is a must if you enjoy organic and locally grown produce.

With a choice of two equestrian centers, superb accommodation, cozy pubs and fine dining Blennerville is an ideal location to explore the Dingle Peninsula and the breathtaking beauty of North Kerry.

Blennerville Farmers Market

Blennerville Farmers Market

Date: Every Sunday of January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2017
Destination: Windmill Car Park, Blennerville
Author: Gosia Horajska

The market takes place every Sunday at the Windmill Car Park, Tralee from 11am-3pm. Members of the public can...

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