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Sheep View from Slieve Mish Mountain range, Gleann-na-nGealt, Camp in the Dingle Peninsula. ©Brigid O Connor @copyright Mike O Neill playing a tune on his tin whistle. ©Peter Lane@copyright Caherconree. ©Tim Smith www.timsmithvisuals.com

Camp Village

Camp Village, An Com (meaning a gap in the mountain),  is situated on the seaward end of Glen Fas and lies west of the Slieve Mish mountain range on the northern shores of the Dingle Peninsula.  

It is an area of extreme natural beauty within 10 miles of Tralee town and 20 miles of Dingle town.

The village is on two levels with the upper and lower village. The upper village brings you along the mountain road to Annascaul and on to Dingle whilst the lower village road keeps you on the coastline drive through to the Castlegregory area, the Cloghane / Brandon region and on to Dingle over the Conor Pass.

As you enter the peninsula from Tralee towards Camp, the bright expanse of Tralee Bay comes into full view at Derrymore, where the long strand is a favoured bathing place and caravans punctuate the coastline. 

In contrast to the largely rocky south and west coasts of the peninsula, the northern coast from Derrymore to Cloghane offers miles and miles of sandy beaches,  which also provide some of the best opportunities for bass angling in Europe.

Camp Annual Sheep Fair is held on 18th of September.

The fair is reputed to be one of the oldest surviving sheep fairs in Ireland  dating back to the time of Lord Ventry in the 18th century. Sheep are held in pens on the roadside at Camp Cross and bargains are made and sheep sold as in bygone days.  A sheep show is one of the highlights of the day and this event is held in Dalys Yard (next to Dalys Bar).

Qaulity sheep are judged and a prizegiving of perpetual trophies are presented to the winning sheep owners every year. Many of the cups and trophies are in memory of sheepmen in the area, who have now passed on to their eternal reward.  

The Mutton Pie is a real speciality, made by local women and for sale in the pubs in the village all day long. Marys Mutton pies in The Jucntion Bar are delicious.     Traditional bacon and cabbage, lunches and lots more can be savoured in Ashes pub and in O Dwyers/Londis. Music, song and dance in the pubs in the evening time brings a perfect day out at Camp Fair to an end. The children come out with their parents in the afternoon too and old friends often meet at the annual fair in Camp.  

The Annual Camp Junction Vintage Rally is held every September in aid of charity.

Antique tractors, threshers, cars and motorcycles are put on display for all to peruse and admire in a day that's always packed full of fun for all the family. As well as that, there are haymaking demonstrations, terrier racing, a home baking demonstration, butter making and much more.

Gleann na nGealt is called the Valley of the Mad, because of a belief that a cure for insanity exists in a well which is situated in the valley. As you drive over Gleann na nGealt you are afforded fabulous views of the surrounding valleys and of the sea.

Camp is steeped in local history and there are numerous archaeological sites in the area.   At 2050 feet above sea-level, Caherconree is a stone fortress with a defending wall 350 feet long and 14 feet thick. Tradition tells how the fort was built and magically defended by Cu Raoí, a magical figure who carried off Cu Chulainn's girlfriend Blathnaid. On ascending the trail (which is clearly marked) to the summit of Caherconree, the climber can survey the whole of Munster, including the Blasket Islands and Dingle Bay.

The Camp area is a dream for walkers with a choice of grades available to suit all abilities. Nestled between the Slieve Mish Mountains and Tralee Bay, trails offer a choice of superb sandy beach walks, country road rambles and mountain and valley treks. The Dingle Way makes its way through the area -but to really appreciate such wonderful local walks, stay and experience them with the guidance of local walkers and guides.

The Camp Walking Festival is a great event that is held in May every year.

For fishing enthusiasts, an annual sea-angling competition is organised every September and there is wonderful shore angling and fresh water angling close by.

Cycling is another super experience for all enthusiasts with quiet country roads and challenging mountain passes available.

A visit to Camp is a delightful experience, for the people, the place and the most fascinating pubs.

 

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