Welcome to Keel

Things to see and do

Keel is a rural community, with only one small village, Boolteens. The area is spread out over 9 square miles. It is along the Dingle Peninsula road 1 mile from Castlemaine village. The small townlands are surrounded by breath taking countryside views with the backdrop of the Slieve Mish Mountain Range. It is perfectly situated for any touring enthusiast with its central location and is 20 minutes from the airport. The Kerry and Dingle Way walking routes are close and there are miles of beautiful country roads with spectacular scenery to be enjoyd. For climbing lovers, there is Caherconree Mountain, named after a stone ring fort that sits two-thirds of the way up its south-western shoulder, overlooking the mountain road called Bóthar na gCloch ("road of the stones").

Activities The indoor activities are found in the Community/Sports Hall . Outdoor activities are extensive and include walking/hiking on Keel’s Uphill/Downhill Walk and Slieve Mish Mountains; water sports on the River Maine, hidden lakes, the harbour, off-shore and from along the coastline; i.e. Scragg Pebble Beach, Inch Beach and dunes, pier and harbour; road and mountain biking, etc.

Heritage and Culture This area is rich in built heritage including the remains of the old church and graveyard, Caherconree, Keel Pier, Bothar na Gloc mountain pass, ring forts, rock art and ogham stones and forge. These all offer the potential to be developed into heritage attractions. There is also a strong cultural tradition with storytelling, set-dancing and music.

Natural Environment  Keel is alive with biodiversity that includes the Natterjack Toad, otters, migratory birds, hawks, owls, deer, mink, hares and rabbits. This habitat extends from the sea, up the rivers Maine, Groyne and Annagh, and into the Slieve Mish Mountains. The area has natural and protected habitats including coastal places like the Scragg Pebble Beach, Inch Beach and the leeside of Inch dunes.

Festivals and Events Keel has organised a series of festivals and events throughout the year. They run several permanent events, the Country Market, fishing competitions, open gardens day, Scór na Páiste, Junior Scór and Sean Cairde events. Please visit our Facebook page for updates on our festivals and events.