Mountains tumble into the sea and are fringed by rugged shores and unspoilt beaches.
A 20 minute stroll from the house will take you through a rural valley, past a gurgling river and picturesque cottages to the secluded Cove Strand. Just another 15 minutes takes you to White Strand Beach.
A short drive takes you to O’Carroll’s Cove , the only beach with a bar and restaurant in Ireland, and the outstanding Derrynane Beach, surrounded by sand dunes and wooded slopes.
Explore the area further and visit Killarney National Park, St Finian’s Bay, Ballinskelligs and Valentia Island.
Great local pubs and restaurants
Kerry produces some of the best sea food in Europe and local fare is outstanding.
Locally there are several great bars and restaurants, including the Blind Piper, O’Carroll’s Cove and the Scarriff Inn Restaurant. Tea rooms at Derrynane house and The Sugarshack Cakery provide wonderful snacks and lunches.
Many cafes and restaurants in the local towns include local specialities on the menu and the Skellig Chocolate shop is well worth a visit.
If you prefer to do the cooking fresh sea food is available, straight from Castletownbere, from the village on a Tuesday, a market is held on Friday mornings in the summer at Caherdaniel and year round markets are held in Kenmare. Shops selling local produce can be found in Sneem and Waterville and the West Cove Bakery make amazing cakes for dessert
Historic sites and National Parks
Just upstream from Dereenaraig (about a 15 minute drive) is Staigue Fort, possibly the best preserved ring forts in Ireland.
Derrynane House and National Park are just 6 miles away. As well as the Daniel O’Connell museum and beautiful gardens the park has walks around the woodlands, a fairy trail, tea rooms and one of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland.
Killarney National Park is 10,236 hectares of mountains and lakes preserved native oak and yew woods. Red Deer roam the area and White Tailed Eagles have been reintroduced. Here you will find Mucross House, with a traditional farm museum, house and gardens, great craft shop, and restaurant. Ross Castle, just down the road, is a 15th century tower house and keep on the edge of Lough Leane and an ideal spot to catch a boat trip around the lakes and out to the 7th century monastery on Innisfallen Island.
The Iveragh Peninsula is abundant with historic sites including rock art, stone circles, ring forts and castles. Books are provided in the house to help you discover the hidden history of the area.
Sea sports and outdoor activities .
From motorised kayaking to exploring rock pools, there are a wide array of ways to explore and discover the Kenmare Bay.
The cottage is within the Kerry Dark Sky reserve. A gold tier reserve, one of only 3 in the world, the area has minimal light pollution and, on a clear night, the sky is alight with the most amazing display of starts, planets and galaxies.
Walking the Kerry Way
The Kerry way is a long distance foot path, stretching over 200 km around the Iveragh Peninsula. The route takes you through dramatic and stunning scenery and passes through the village. If 200 km seems like a bit too much, you could walk the Staigue to Caherdaniel section, a mere 6.5 km (13km return trip).
Lake, River and sea fishing
salmon, trout, sea trout, pike and bass fishing is available and guides can be hired from most local towns and villages.