Glenbeigh and Rossbeigh
Welcome to Glenbeigh, Gleann Beithe meaning the Glen of the Birch Tree, On the world famous Ring of Kerry. Glenbeigh is a small charming fishing, walking and holiday village, cosily nestled at the bottom of the Curragh and Seefin Mountains and has been welcoming visitors for as far back as the 1850s. The Caragh River and the Behy River flow at either side of the village into Castlemaine Harbour and the magnificent Rossbeigh Beach stretches out in to Dingle Bay. The mountain and coastal scenery here is magnificent, and the circuit of the hills from salmon and trout fishing with the season starting in January and finishing late in August. Trout fishing on Lough Coomasaharn, the largest of the local lakes, is also very popular with both local and visiting anglers. Very popular with both visitors and locals alike, are the range of horse riding trails here in Glenbeigh. Catering for both young and old, with full equipment provided, you have a choice of experiences from inland mountain trails to stunning beach gallops at Rossbeigh. You must take time to enjoy the splendour of Rossbeigh beach, which stretches for more than eight kilometres along a south north spit into Dingle Bay. Legend has it that Oisin and Niamh galloped off on their white horse into tir na nOg;meaning the land of youth.
This stunning Blue Flag beach is perfect for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, sea kayaking and canoeing, walking, This beach is guarded by a trained Lifeguard throughout the summer months. And with a number of mud flats found on the eastern side of the spit, offering some fantastic bird watching. The beach also offers a fabulous Children’s Playground called Tír na nÓg, a Tennis Court and a super combined Basketball and Soccer Court. A picnic area is beside these wonderful amenities or alternatively, you can enjoy great bar food close by in stunning surroundings. Bird watching is another famous attraction in Glenbeigh. With lots of beaches and marshes to study different breeds of birds from Ireland and also migratory birds that come in for the winter and move away again as summer approaches. There are lots of bird houses around, located in the trees for people to study and enjoy with lots of information signs and images included to introduce you to the types of birds and their habits. There is also some very scenic walks on the beach and mountains with magnificent views of Inch beach. In Glenbeigh, there are also two family run hotels, four beautiful caravan parks, a lovely choice of B&Bs, guesthouses and hostels available for visitors to choose from. All full of character and all great value. There is lots of choice when you want to eat out in this beautiful village. There are great restaurants to suit everybodys taste and the local pubs also offer excellent pub food in relaxing environments all year round. Regular traditional music sessions throughout the year too! There are a select choice of shops to choose from with two well laid out supermarkets providing all the essentials you may require on your stay in Glenbeigh.They also provide petrol and deisel pumps for touring and enjoying this beautiful part of the world. A fantastic local festival, towards the end of August and start of September, is the Glenbeigh festival and races. This is a huge success every year and starts on a Friday evening with a Fancy Dress Parade through the village including all the local businesses;And a Fancy dress parade for the kids as well.Along with local street entertainment throughout the weekend.And on the saturday and sunday there is the horseracing 2 day meeting on the beautiful Rossbeigh beach.This is an annual event and attracts massive crowds to the area for the meetings.