Ballinskelligs (Baile na Sceilge) is located on the west coast of Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. It offers fine coastal scenery with a beautiful sandy beach, as well as Pubs, Shops, Art Galleries (Siopa Cill Rialaig), Cafes, Bars and Restaurants. There's a small harbour for fishing boats and for touring boats to the Skellig Islands [more on the next page]. The area is also rich in history
with many reminders of the past, including an old monastery, a
castle, stone alignments and ringforts.
There is a huge variety of activities:
All kinds of watersports are possible, be it swimming, boating or surfing! Golf courses are nearby and the Atlantic is well known for excellent fishing. Several walks and bicycle trails offer stunning views to the Skellig Islands as well as to the mountains of Iveragh Peninsula. The house is an ideal touring base for the Ring of Kerry and for boat trips to the Skellig and Puffin Islands. [more...]
Waterville is 10 mins away and sits between Ballinskelligs Bay and Lough Currane. It is the premier coastal touring centre on the Ring of Kerry and has attracted many famous celebrities over the years, including Charlie Chaplin and his family, still well remembered in the town. All around are lovely beaches and fine walks. There are shops and pubs as well as an excellent choice of restaurants - from budget to fine cuisine - with seafood being
a specialty in many of them. Lake Currane is not only a favourite spot for anglers but also well known for Church Island with the ruins of a 6th century oratory.
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. A less known side route - the Skellig Ring - leads through Ballinskelligs and beautiful mountain scenery further on to Portmagee and Valentia Island. The spectacular views past St.Finan's Bay include the Skellig Islands (more on the next page).