Welcome to Stradbally

Stradbally is a small village and rural area along the popular road leading to An Daingean (Dingle) via the Conor Pass.  It is located some 2 miles southwest of Castlegregory

It is a small rural settlement with a farming hinterland. Stradbally provides some basic services to its rural hinterland.  Aside from its location on the Conor pass tourist route, the golf course adjacent to the village attracts visitors to the area, particularly during summer months.  

Turning west at Killiney, the road runs along Brandon Bay with good dairy land on either side. Stradbally is at the base of the Stradbally mountain and its twin peak, Beenoskee. In the little hollow between the two peaks is Lough Acummeen, a high corrie lake. The Stradbally river begins here and tumbles down through the village, past the church ruin near the beach, and finally ends up in Lough Gill. A road from the village follows the river and continues on to the beach, a beautiful strand excellent for surfing, bathing and bass fishing. In recent years, this strand has become very popular with wind surfers. It stretches west for over three miles to Fermoyle.

Stradbally mountain (798m) may be climbed from the village in about 3 hours. An easy route is to climb the eastern shoulder of the mountain, keeping the river on your right, then turn west for the summit of Stradbally mountain. From here, a short curving ridge above the lake filled hollow leads to the western peak, Beenoskee (826m). The two peaks are ringed by three fine mountain glens, each worthy of a visit on another day.

To the west is Glenahoo, south is Glanteenassig, and to the east, Arraglen. Looking down from the summit of Beenoskee you can appreciate the feeling which prompted a local to write to his friend in exile the poem,  “Stradbally".

With thanks to: www.castlegregorykerry.com

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