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Perched on the southern coast of the Iveragh peninsula in a setting of spectacular mountain and coastal scenery in Derrynane Bay, Derrynane is well worth the short detour off the well-worn Ring of Kerry route.
Derrynane is forever synonymous with Daniel “The Liberator” O’Connell, whose family home was here. Derrynane House is set amongst 120 hectares of gorgeous parkland and is brimming with memorabilia associated with the 19th-century leader. One of the standout exhibits is the stunning gold carriage O’Connell rode through the streets of Dublin on his release from prison.
Derrynane National Historic Park extends across 120 hectares of woodland, magnificent coastline, and elegant gardens. There are well-signed nature trails to lead you through the park, which is bookended by a 1.5km long, sandy beach. The park is anchored by Derrynane House, where you will find an informative nature trail booklet.
Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, a parent of young children, or a dedicated walker/stroller, you’ll be enchanted by the blue flag beach in Derrynane Bay. Derrynane beach is 1.5km long and lined with fine sand, making it ideal for walking, lounging, or making sand castles. The more adventurous can dive, surf, kayak, and wakeboard.
Now in ruins, Ahamore or Derrynane Abbey is located next to Derrynane House on Abbey Island, the traditional burial place for members of the O’Connell family. Though an island, Abbey Island is accessible from the mainland at low tide via the beach. The abbey is believed to date from the 6th century.
Whatever your level of experience, Derrynane is a great place to go horse riding. You can choose from beach, mountain, and woodland treks, all against the backdrop of the beautiful scenery of Derrynane National Park. Eagle Rock Equestrian Centre is AIRE approved and accommodates riders of all standards.
The Daniel O’Connell Heritage Summer School takes place in early September. Free and open to everyone, the school is designed to explore various aspects of Daniel O’Connell’s career and to discuss the challenges facing modern Ireland. Themes cover topics including Catholic Emancipation, leadership, and human rights.
Derrynane is a great base if you want to play some of Ireland’s most attractive and demanding golf courses, including the Ray Floyd designed 18-hole championship links course at Waterville, which features among the European Championship golf courses and is just a half-hour drive away. Other courses within easy reach include Skellig Bay Golf Club in Waterville, Kenmare Golf Club, The Ring of Kerry Golf Club, and the Parknasilla Golf Club in Sneem
Derrynane is surrounded by some exceptional fishing grounds. Head to Derrynane Beach for wonderful shore fishing, particularly bass. Lough Currane in nearby Waterville is famous for its salmon. Boats can be chartered for deep sea fishing. Waterville Fisheries offers excellent fishing on the River Inny and Cummeragh.
The sheltered coves around Derrynane Harbour are ideal for exploring in a kayak or with a snorkel and mask. If you want to sail, windsurf, water-ski, or wakeboard, the enclosed harbour is a perfect place to learn. The beaches around Derrynane can also deliver some good waves for surfers. Contact Derrynane Sea Sports for further details.
This section of the Ring of Kerry is rich in ancient history. There are many examples of ogham (Celtic form of writing) stones nearby, for example. You should also make time for Staigue Fort, an exceptionally well-preserved 2,000-year-old ring fort at Castlecove. Fine example of Iron Age forts are also to be seen at Cahergal and Leacanabuaile, near Cahersiveen.
6.8km from Derrynane
With an exceptional standard of accommodation and an ideal location, these holiday homes are truly the ideal choice for your holiday. Located just 5 minutes' walk from Kenmare town centre, these lovely semi-detached houses are perched on a site overlooking Kenmare
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1.6km from Derrynane
Enjoy spectacular views of Kenmare Bay, when you stay at this 4 star farmhouse near the coastal village of Caherdaniel in County Kerry. This four-bedroom property has been lovingly restored yet still retains its original character.
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7.4km from Derrynane
This luxurious apartment is located in the attractive fishing village of Waterville in County Kerry. The two-bedroom holiday rental boasts spectacular views of the sea and mountains and is decorated and equipped to a very high standard.
0.9km from Derrynane
Superbly located in the coastal village of Caherdaniel in County Kerry, these luxury 4-star holiday homes offer an excellent standard of accommodation.
Each cottage has four spacious bedrooms and can sleep up to eight people. Of the three bedrooms upstairs, one is ensuite, and there is a double room downstairs.
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8.6km from Derrynane
These holiday rentals just outside the Co. Kerry village of Waterville are very spacious, tastefully furnished, and designed to a very high standard. Well-maintained, landscaped gardens surround the homes. The accommodation comprises four beautifully decorated bedrooms with the capacity to sleep seven people.
0.8km from Derrynane
These newly-built holiday homes on the grounds of a hotel offer all modern facilities, a fabulous design, and breathtaking views. The properties are open all year, and guests have use of the hotel facilities from April to October.
These deluxe 4-star properties have three spacious bedrooms. The master bedroom has a king-size bed with en-suite bathroom.
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