What to do in Ballinskelligs
Safe swimming is possible on the beautiful long and sandy beach, guards are on duty in the summer season. Surfing, Sailing and Canoeing are all popular with holiday makers here, surf boards can be hired locally. St.Finan's Bay on the western side of the peninsula is famous among surfers for the excellent conditions there.
There is excellent sea fishing with a large variety of fish including Shark, Tuna and Sea Bass. Lake Currane near Waterville offers great fishing for sea and brown trout, as well as for salmon.
The Skellig Ring This route takes in some of the most spectacular coastal views in Kerry. From Ballinskelligs take Coomanaspig Pass and enjoy the spectacular views of the Skellig Rocks and Puffin Island. The small road takes you to Portmagee for a visit to the Skellig Experience Centre. Boat trips to the Skelligs can be booked here, as well as in Ballinskelligs itself. From Portmagee take the bridge onto Valentia Island. Visit the pre-dinosaur Tetrapod Trackway made more than 350 million years ago and explore the magnificent gardens at Glanleam.The ferry from Renard will bring you back to the mainland. Travel on to picturesque Waterville, home to the world famous championship golf links and Loher Stone Fort. From Waterville return to Ballinskelligs.
A boat trip to the Skelligs UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must on your holidays in County Kerry!
These craggy islands rise dramatically from the ocean 15 kms off the western coast. Little Skellig is a bird reserve, with nearly 20 thousand gannets nesting here each year. The larger Skellig Michael with its cliffs rising over 200 mtrs above the sea once was the westernmost outpost of Christianity in Europe. The monastic settlement consists of two oratories, six beehive huts, church and graveyard,
which can all be reached on over 600 steps cut into the rocks. Boat trips to the islands take place during the summer months from Portmagee and from Ballinskelligs, weather permitting.
The Ring of Kerry panoramic route has long been one of the favorite sightseeing tours of Ireland and is leading around the Iveragh Peninsula passing through a succession of magnificent landscapes.