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With its picturesque location on the north side of the Dingle Peninsula, Castlegregory should be overrun with visitors, but it remains a wonderfully tranquil escape from the bustle of Tralee and Dingle. The Maharees Peninsula, a 5km spit to the north of the village, is celebrated for it sandy beaches and clean water.
Ireland’s longest beach extends from the Maharees peninsula westwards through Castlegregory to Cloghane village – that’s a grand total of 20 km (12 miles)!. There is a Blue Flag beach in the Maharees. All of the beaches are sandy, and many are suitable for surfing and other watersports. The seawater is pristine throughout the entire area.
With consistent Atlantic swells and excellent sandy beaches, Maharees is a magnet for surfers worldwide. An international surfing championship was staged here in 2000. Jamie Knox runs a watersports company on the beach, offering windsurfing and surfing lessons and rentals all year round.
See the work of one of the most talented stained-glass artists in history with a visit to St. Mary’s Catholic church in Castlegregory village. Pouring vibrantly coloured light over the altar of this extremely simple church is a superb example of stained glass window by the gifted Irish artist(1889-1931).
From 1891-1939, the narrow gauge branch railway from Tralee to Dingle included a branch line to Castlegregory. Though popular, the line was underfunded and poorly constructed, resulting in the "pig special disaster" of 1893 which killed 3 people and 97 pigs when the train plunged off the Camp bridge in 1893, and several other mishaps. The branch line to Castlegregory closed in 1939, but the water tower and turntable are still visible opposite Fitzgerald’s Bar, near Camp.
Lough Gill is internationally respected in the ecological community as a significant breeding ground for the rare natterjack toad. On a still, summer night, the natterjack can be heard for miles around. Lough Gill is also one of the few places where Bewick, mute and Whooper swans can all be seen.
Castlegregory Pattern Day is celebrated on the feast of the assumption on 15 August. Now marked by community events and a funfair, this is the day when the tradition is to eat locally-made mutton pies.
Castlegregory Golf & Fishing Club is home to an excellent links golf course, nestled between the scenic Lough Gill and Brandon Bay, at Stradbally, near Tralee, Co. Kerry. The majestic crags of Mount Brandon act as a spectacular backdrop to this 5,876-yard par-68 nine-hole course.
The Dingle Way passes through Castlegregory and along the local beaches. The Maharees Walk starts and ends at Spillane’s pub, winding its way from Scraggane Point at one curved edge of the Maharees Peninsula to St. Senach’s church in Kilshannig at the other. The walk offers superb views of the wild Atlantic and Mount Brandon, as well as passing several sites of historic interest.
The parish of Castlegregory includes the village of Cloghane, which nestles in a spectacular location against a backdrop of mountain peaks overlooking beautiful Brandon Bay. This is the starting point for one of the more challenging routes up Mount Brandon, the second-highest peak in Ireland and a place of spiritual, historic, and geological significance.
Home to an impressive range of Bronze Age monuments, Loch a’Duin is set in a valley of 1,500 acres, with 90 stone structures dating from 2500 BC up to modern times. Guided and self-guided walks can be taken through this area. The information centre in Cloghane village has maps and more information.
5.1km from Castlegregory
Stay at a superb house with character and a cosy ambience, overlooking Brandon Bay and the Maharee Islands. You can watch the waves rolling in from the sea while eating your breakfast in the dining room and plan your day.
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2.8km from Castlegregory
Commanding wonderful views of the sea and mountains, this delightful cottage near Castlegregory in County Kerry is set on its own grounds, with a walled garden that makes an ideal play area for the kids. The property is five minutes' walk from the sea, and 15 minutes from the amenities of Castlegregory village.
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7.8km from Castlegregory
Enjoy spectacular scenery in a traditional-style dormer cottage close to Dingle in County Kerry. With views of Mount Brandon, this spacious four-bedroom holiday home is perfect for a family vacation.
9.7km from Castlegregory
Set amid the magnificent Slieve Mish Mountains, this cottage offers 4 star accommodation near the coastal village of Brandon in County Kerry. This traditional-style, three-bedroom cottage has been furnished and equipped to a very high standard and enjoys spectacular views of Brandon Bay and the Maheree Islands, making it ideal for a family holiday.
4km from Castlegregory
This holiday village comprises a cluster of nine traditionally-styled vacation rentals that offer all the modern conveniences needed for a home away from home. With a bar and restaurant on-site, you can enjoy a combination of charming facilities and convenient services on your doorstep.
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