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A little about the village of...
...Glenbeigh is situated in the South West corner of Ireland, on the Ring of Kerry, and the Kerry Way walking route. It is washed by the Atlantic ocean and ridged by magnificent mountains. A long coast line of sandy beaches, it offers many places of quiet scenic beauty.
Where to Go?
Kells Bay: A picturesque little resort halfway between Glenbeigh and Cahirciveen on your travels you have a panoramic view of Dingle Bay, Blasket Islands and Kells Bay itself.
Cahirciveen: Nestling at the foot of the Beentie Mountains is "..the town that climbs the mountains and looks upon the sea". Those lines composed by the famous Sigerson Clifford. The Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church is worth a visit, it is a massive granite building and is one of the few catholic churches in the world dedicated to a lay man. The church remains a lasting tribute to the liberator. As you approach the town you can see "Carham House" the actual birthplace of Daniel O'Connor.
Derrynane House: The home of the Daniel O'Connell who lived here during his political life. The house is open as a museum.
Caragh Lake: A paradise for fishermen and a lover of scenery. In 1925 the Caragh River was selected as the cleanest river in Europe. This confirms the first class quality of the environment in our Parish.
Other place of interest not far from Glenbeigh include; Killarney Lakes, Muckross House & Gardens and The Gap of Dunloe.
· The Ring of Kerry through Waterville
· Dingle is 40 miles from Glenbeigh through Castlemaine and Inch and from there you can drive around Slea Head and the Connor Pass.
· Caherdaniel, Sneem, Kenmare and Killarney (110 miles)
There is a shorter version through Waterville, Sneem and through the mountains to Glencar and Glenbeigh. (75 miles)
What to do?
A half mile from the village there is a 4 milelong sandy beach which is famous for canoeing and windsurfing.
There is a wide choice, you can begin by walking the 4 mile sandy beach or ramble through the high sand dunes that stretch for 2 miles.
There is also the beautiful Forest Walk, along the side of a mountain, which is a mile long and gives magnificent views of the village.
The Kerry Way: This long distance walking path stretching from Killarney around the "Ring of Kerry’" and back again.
One of the finest walks is that which leads to the Windy Gap, a pass between the mountains which is one thousand feet high.When you reach the Gap you will have a spectacular view of the region and of Dingle Bay.You will also have a fine view of the other side of the pass, Caragh Lake and Glencar Countryside stretching off to the McGillicuddy Reeks.This road up to the gap is known as the Barna and was extensively used in by:gone days.
The Horse Shoe Walk: Here you will find a series of 6 cliffs in an area of approx. 6 miles around Coomasaharn Lake. The view is magnificent; you'll need a fine day to appreciate it.
Glenbeigh gives you the opportunity to fish some of the best salmon waters in the South West of Ireland. Fishing on the nearby River Laune and River Caragh for salmon and brown trout. Open fishing on the river Behy and Coomasaharn for salmon and brown trout.
Glenbeigh is situated right in the middle of all the major Golf courses in Kerry and Dooks (2 miles) is the oldest links Golf in Kerry (the course overlooks the sea).
Waterville Links 25 miles.
Killarney 20 miles.
Tralee 25 miles.
Ballybunion 35 miles.
This is a winter sport but between September and January you can shoot Grouse, Snipe, Woodcock, Wild Duck and Wild Goose.
Outdoor Leisure Centre
It is only 6 miles away in Cappanalea. Activities include canoeing, windsurfing, hill walking, orienteering, rock climbing/abseiling and fishing.
The Sporting Life
The activities available to those who visit Glenbeigh include:
§ Hand Gliding
§ Horse Riding (with 2 Stables in Glenbeigh, pony trekking takes place across the mountains and on the beach)