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Panoramic of Maharees, West Kerry. © Angela Stack   © Copyright Regatta at Maharees, West Kerry. © Angela Stack   © Copyright Looking out at Brandon Bay, Maharabeg. ©Tim Smith www.timsmithvisuals.com

On the Northerly side of the Dingle Peninsula, halfway between the towns of Tralee and Dingle is the area of Castlegregory (Caisléan Ghriaire) and the Maharees (Na Machairí).

Castlegregory is named after the local Chieftain Gregory Hoare, who built a Castle here in the 1600’s. The castle was destroyed by Cromwell's forces in 1650.  The only remnant is the arch, which stands at the village SPAR supermarket.

Lengthy beaches are found on both sides of the peninsula, which separates Brandon Bay on the western side from Tralee Bay to the east. The Brandon Bay beaches are open to the North Atlantic and often receive long rolling swells, which can provide excellent surf given suitable wind and tide conditions.

There is an abundance of high quality, comfortable self catering cottages and bed and breakfasts in the area.

Castlegregory Golf and Fishing club is a nine hole links golf course located at the base of the peninsula.

South of Castlegregory is one of the most beautiful places on the Peninsula – Glanteenassig (Gleann Tí an Easaigh) meaning Valley of the Waterfalls, with its forested area and lakes it provides idyllic walking and fishing opportunities. Glanteenassig is a 450 hectare area of woodland, peatland, mountain and lakes nestling in a sheltered valley within the Slieve Mish mountains. This is an ideal location for long walks, short strolls and family cycles. Whilst the wood is itself seems remote, it is only a mere 6km from the beautiful sandy beaches of Castlegregory, which makes it a perfect alternative for you on days not suited to the beach . It is possible to while away an entire day here. It would be difficult to find a better place for a picnic, relaxing whilst taking in the views!

Another famous walk in the area is the highest mountain pass in Ireland - the Connor pass which divides Mount Brandon and the Stradbally mountain, from which one can view some spectacular scenery.

The longest beach in Ireland extends for twelve miles from the Maharees, through Castlegregory and on to Cloghane. The area is very popular for outdoor activities like water sports, horse riding and golf but also provides opportunities for more sedentary activities such as perusing the local craft shops which showcase the local talent, sampling local seafood alongside a pint of Guinness and generally relaxing.

There is an abundance of things to do in the Castlegregory/ Maharees area, particularly during the summer months.

Castlegregory Pattern Day is held annually on the 15th of August, where tradition holds that locally made, traditional mutton pies are sampled and enjoyed.

Naomhóg Racing is a popular pastime here and takes place every Sunday during the high season. (The Naomhóg or the Currach is a type of irish boat with a wooden frame over which animal skin was once stretched- although canvas is now more usual). On most summer evenings rowers can be seen at Scraggane Bay and it really is marvellous to watch.

The Summer Festival is held in Castlegregory in July. Street parades are held, people are encouraged to dress up in fancy dress, there are children’s competitions and the focus is put on dancing, music and fun!

Castlegregory offers a myriad selection of food, from the Sunday Country Market in The Club to gourmet seafood in several restaurants. Family orientated restaurants abound and good value quality food is a priority for restaurateurs’. Much of the food served is produced/ sourced locally.

If  a relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings is what you seek, you will not go wrong by choosing to holiday in the fabulous haven that is the Castlegregory- Maharees area.

 

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