We feel very blessed to live in such a beautiful area, a place known best as the Skellig Coast. You’ll no doubt be amazed by what’s available right at our doorstep.
We begin with Skellig Michael, One of the most mysterious and enchanting of our local attractions. These floating pyramids of sandstone have been home to some of the earliest monastic settlements in Ireland as well as providing sanctuary to fantastic numbers of bird life in the area. You’ll most recently know the Skelligs feature in Star Wars – The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017). A visit is a must and boat trips to the rock are available every Summer from mid-May to the start of October.
In just a few minutes drive from Cahersiveen town centre, you’ll find the Cahergall Stone Fort(600 AD) and the Leacanabuaile Stone Fort (850 AD). The 10 foot thick walls reach a height of nearly 20 feet, and visitors can climb the “stepped” design all the way to the top where they can circumnavigate the “crown” of the fort — an unforgettable experience with views of the bay, Ballycarbery Castle, and the surrounding landscape.
Kerrys Dark Sky Reserve, the first Gold Tier Reserve in the northern hemisphere, and is one of only four Gold Tier Dark-Sky Reserves in the world. Backed by mountains and corralled by the crashing sea, Kerry’s Dark Sky Reserve stretches from Kells Bay to Caherdaniel. It’s a rare and protected area of exceptional quality, starry nights and nocturnal environment.
The history of the Old Barracks Castle in Cahersiveen is fascinating. The building was constructed between the years of 1870 and 1875 as a police station for the Royal Irish Constabulary. The authorities wanted an imposing building to protect the Irish end of the transatlantic telegraph cable which entered the sea at Valentia Island. It serves best as a heritage centre now and is for sure a spot to visit.
Bray Head, located on Valentia Island, can be reached in a short 25-minute drive from Cahersiveen. At the top are the remains of an observation tower built in 1815. It’s a steady climb up Bray Head but the views are amazing from the outset. Behind you are great views across the water back to Portmagee and you’ll also enjoy the views out towards the Kerry Cliffs, over Puffin Island and out to the Skelligs as you make your way to the summit.