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Things to do in the Local Area

The village of Ballylongford is located on the North Coast of Co. Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way. It is situated at the top of an inlet of Ballylongford Bay on the tidal estuary of the River Shannon.

You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination. The Ballylongford Heritage Trail consits of two trails which will take you to some of the amazing sites around Ballylongford including Carrigfoyle Castle, Lislaughtin Abbey and the Carrig Island Napoleonic Battery Fortress.

Local Amenities include scenic walks, cycling trails, bird sanctuary, Dolphin watching, excellent angling and historic buildings.

From exploring the wonders of the local scenery and wildlife, to visiting the many historic sites around Ballylongford. There's something for everyone, with all these activity's you will never be short of things to do.

Carrigafoyle Castle

Carrigafoyle Castle - built by Conor Liath O'Connor-Kerry in the 1490s and considered one of the strongest of Irish fortresses - was a large tower house, of the type particularly common across the north of the province of Munster. It stood on a rock in a small bay off the Shannon estuary, and its name is an anglicisation of the Irish, Carraig an Phoill ("rock of the hole").

The castle was known as The guardian of the Shannon because of its strategic command of the shipping lanes that supplied the trading city of Limerick, some 20 miles (32 km) upriver. The bay at Carrigafoyle was shielded from the estuary on the northern side by a wooded island; within the bay the castle-rock was defended on the west and south sides by a double defensive wall; the inner wall enclosed a bawn, and surrounding this was a moat covered on three sides (the east lay open) by the outer wall, where a smaller tower stood. The tower-keep itself was 86 ft high, and the precipitous sides of the castle-rock were layered with bricks and mortar. At high tide the walled landing within the moat was capable of accommodating a ship of 100 tons displacement.

Scattery Island

Scattery Island is an island in the Shannon Estuary, Ireland, off the coast of Kilrush, County Clare. The Irish name Inis Cathaigh was formerly anglicised Iniscathy, which later became Iniscattery and finally Scattery. The island is home to a lighthouse, a ruined monastery, an Irish round tower and the remains of an artillery battery. The last residents left in 1969.

Scattery Island Cathedral and monastery is an early Christian place of pilgrimage, where St Senan, Bishop and confessor, founded a monastery, in the Shannon estuary, 5 km southwest of Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland. There are the remains of his oratory and house and of seven runied churches or chapels, together with a round tower and a holy well still in repute. It is fortified and marked by a lighthouse.

The Battery

The battery on Carrig Island, was once part of an extensive network of coastal fortifications around Ireland and Britain. It was designed to withstand heavy naval bombardment from an expected Napoleonic French invasion. The Battery on Carrig island is one of the few that have surivied after being constructed between 1795 and 1815.

This unique historical location is on the point looking out onto the ocean, surrounded by beautiful scenery and wildlife. It makes for a great photo opportunity.

Tarbert Car Ferry & Clare

The ferry service by Shannon Ferries takes about 20 minutes to cross the River Shannon from Tarbert Co. Limerick to Killimer in Co. Clare.

Castle View House is located less than 20 minutes from Tarbert and the ferry. This means it is an ideal location for exploring not only Kerry but also Clare and its many attractions such as The Burren with it's unique landscape and wildlife as well as many historical locations and structures and the Cliffs of Moher.

The Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most famous circuits and a popular holiday route to drive. Much more than a simple driving route, the Ring of Kerry is an iconic destination wrapped in a stunning visual history, with diverse wildlife scattered across Ireland’s lush green hills.

Beginning and ending in Killarney, The Ring of Kerry traces the coastline of The Iveragh Peninsula. The combination of ocean islands mountains town and villages makes it one of the top 10 scenic route in the world, its an exciting journey of discovery

Killarney

A trip to Kerry would not be complete without a visit to Killarney.

Whether it is a trip to the Muckross House and Gardens,a 19th century Victorian Mansion nestled amidst the veauty of the Killarney National Park or a step back in time with a visit to the Muckross Tradional Farms nearby.

Killarney boasts some of the most spectacular scenery to be seen in Ireland. Torc Waterfall is located along the Ring of Kerry 5 miles outside Killarney and is beautiful, especially after a heavy rainfall. The Killarney National Park offers many walk loops with amazing views of it's unique flora and fauna.

Killarney is also home to more historic locations, such as the impressive Ross Castle, where you can take a short boat journey to the enchanting Innisfallen Island, or Killarney's newest attraction, the Killarney House and Gardens located near the town centre in the National Park.

A visit to the town itself is essential to visit the many restaurants and shops, or grab a pint with some of the locals and experience the culture and character of the Kerry people.

 

The Cliffs of Moher

Located on the West Coast of Ireland on the wonderful Wild Atlantic Way, the Cliffs of Moher is one of the most iconic landmarks in Ireland. The majestic cliffs boast some of the most spectacular views in Ireland.

One of Ireland's favourite tourist desitinations, see for yourself why the Cliffs of Moher have inspired artists, poets and musicians for generations.

 

Ballybunion Golf Club

The Ballybunion Golf Club is a golf club in County Kerry, Ireland. Founded in 1893, the club had barely opened its doors before experiencing financial problems. An investment from Colonel Bartholomew saved the club in 1906, and nine new holes were promptly laid out. By 1927 the course had been expanded to 18 holes.

The Old Course has a length of 6,802 yards (6,220 m) (Blue Tees) and 6,350 yards (White Tees). Ladies Tees are 5,459 yards. Par: 71 Men / 74 Ladies.
The Cashen Course has a length of 6,306 yards (5,766 m) yards (Blue Tees) and 5,997 (White Tees); Ladies Tees are 5,031 yards. Par: 72 Men & Ladies.

Dingle Peninsula

Uncover the great stories of the Dingle Peninsula, explore the amazing landscape and learn about the history, mythology and folklore.

A trip to Kerry is not complete without visiting Dingle town. Enjoy a trip to Dingle Aquarium, a boat trip onto Dingle Bay or just relax in Dingle town and meet some of the locals.

 

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