Mid Kerry is an ideal location to base your Holiday in Kerry, its acts as a Gateway to both the Dingle Pennisula and the Ring of Kerry. Mid Kerry offers everything the visitor might need - beautiful scenery, bustling villages, activities, attractions, history and ancestory, festivals, markets and much much more. The Mid Kerry area is made up of numerous towns and villages. For full details of all our villages and towns, please see panel with listings on the right side of the page.
Annascaul is located at the southern foothills of the Slieve Mish Mountain Range. With dramatic landscapes ranging from mountains, to glaciated valleys, lakes and rivers. Annascaul is the birth and resting place of Tom Crean the famous Antarctic explorer. You will find the O Connor/Crean Heritage centre here which celebrates the lives and exploits of both Tom Crean and Jerome O Connor a famous US sculptor.
Inch, a Blue Flag Beach has served as the back drop for Hollywood movies such as Ryan’s Daughter and Playboy of the Western World. The beach is a 3 mile spit where you can swim, surf or hang glide or just simply relax!
The Keel, Boolteens and Castlemaine areas have stunning scenery abounds, with mountain passes such as the Short Mountain Road and Bothar Na gCloch providing elevated views over the entire area. Castlemaine itself is famed in song as the birth place of the ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ – Jack Duggan, the famous Australian outlaw. This is a popular walking venue with quiet Mountain lanes, hills and wooded walks. Visit the mass rock in Killoclohane wood, view the Ogham Stones at Ardcanaught or simply relax and enjoy a chat with the locals.
Milltown offers a range of attractions, sites and activities for the visitor. An exciting location for birdwatchers with its diverse habitats ranging from bog land, marshland, to river and wooded areas. There are many interesting early Christian sites close by with White church Abbey and the Abbey at Kilcolman. Milltown has weekly Cattle and Sheep marts, take a look and see an aspect of farming life in the area. A thriving farmers market takes place every Saturday 10-2pm.
Cromane is a small fishing village nestled between Killorglin and Glenbeigh. This is one of the few locations where one can view the Brandon Mountain Range, Slieve Mish Mountains and the McGillycuddy Reeks all at once. Cromane Pebble Beach is family friendly and offers public toilets during the summer months. A perfect location to relax and stroll along the beach and take in the magnificent scenery and views around Castlemaine Harbour.
Glenbeigh is a picturesque and lively destination often referred to as "The jewel in the Ring of Kerry". Enjoy the Golden Sand at Rossbeigh Blue Flag beach which stretches for more than 4 kilometres. This stunning beach is perfect for swimming, windsurfing, sea kayaking and with a number of mud flats some fantastic bird watching. The Behy River is very popular with both local and visiting anglers. September sees the famous Glenbeigh Horse Racing Festival take place on the beach.
Caragh Lake is a stunning location with water based activities such as canoeing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing; fishing is also immense here with the upper and lower Caragh River being a firm favourite with anglers. Caragh Lake Forest is set on the lakeshore and adds to this wonderful location with the mountains as a glorious backdrop.
Glencar is dominated by the Macgillycuddy Reeks. The setting of Glencar Valley is extremely dramatic and all three main routes into the valley may be classed among the most spectacular and beautiful of Irish landscape scenery. Glencar is a nature lover’s paradise; the area is naturally beautiful with Lickeen Forest, Caragh River and Caragh Lake adding to the uniqueness of the area. The outstanding preservation of natural habitats has ensured the survival of many important indigenous species of flora and fauna. Glencar offers the lover of the outdoors easy access to the finest facilities from world class salmon and trout fishing, cycling, walking and climbing routes. "The Kerry Way", Ireland’s premiere long distance walking route winds it way through Glencar from the Black Valley leading to Glenbeigh.
The village of Beaufort and its hinterland was once the location of over 70 Hollywood movies in the period 1911-14. You can walk, climb, go on horse back, jaunting car through this area which offers 10km of walks and 5 lakes. Visit some of the oldest Natural Woods in Ireland at Tomies Wood. Take a stroll in the ruins of Dunloe Castle Tower House and Gardens. Carrantouhill the highest peak in the McGillicuddy Reeks dominates the area, this is a magnet for climbers and walkers alike with walks such as the Lisleibane and Cronin's Yard looped walks in the famous Hag's Glen.
Killorglin most noted for its' Puck Fair(10th, 11th & 12th Aug.) is one of Ireland's Oldest Fairs which offers great street entertainment, funfairs and Fire work displays; fun for all. The town arose at a bridging point on the Salmon rich river Laune and serves as a gateway to the Ring of Kerry and Iveragh Peninsula. Enjoy the many experiences on offer in the area, visit a honey or cheese farm, dine in the former church of Ireland. Watch the rowing on the River Laune or catch a salmon. Take in the famous Pauline Bewick's Seven Ages art exhibition in the Co. Council building - its FREE! Take the children to the exciting playground or simply take a seat and enjoy the sights and sounds of this bustling town.
Milltown Farmer’s Markets
Milltown Cattle Mart
Corrán Tuathail & the McGillycuddy Reeks
Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre
Outdoor Activity Centres
Ballagh Beama Pass
Ballagh Oisín Pass
The Kerry Bog Village
The Behy Valley
Did You Know?
That it was not until 1976 that the Black Valley was finally connected to the National Grid, making it one of the last outposts in Ireland.
That Dunloe Castle was built in 1207.
That there are two theories to the history of Puck Fair. The first is that the fair started in pre-Christian times as a celebration for a good harvest. The goat may also represent the pagan god, Pan.
The second is that a goat ran down from the mountains and warned the town of the approach of Cromwell’s army. That James VI of Scotland, I of England and Ireland granted legal status to the fair in 1603.
That legend has it that atop Cnoc Griffon, as it is locally known on Caragh Lake, there is a wise keeper of secrets simply known as Car. She is revered as the greatest source of historical knowledge in the area and many have made the journey to speak with her in order to piece together the past. Some refer to her as the Oracle of the Lake.