The Iveragh Peninsula is situated in one of the most unspoilt and picturesque areas of Ireland.
The area is warmed by the Gulf Stream and all along the local seashore, from Castle Cove to Caherdaniel, are small, sheltered sandy bays, one of which, OCarrol’s Cove, contains the only seashore bar in Ireland. Boats can be hired for sea–fishing trips and for excursions to historic sites such as Skellig Michael.
Inland, the mountains and moors can be walked or hiked or used for pony trekking and the long distance footpath, the Kerry Way, passes through the parish. Local firms offer outdoor adventure holidays including trekking and kayaking.
Kerry can be considered to be one large archaeological site, with numerous prehistoric and early Christian sites and monuments. Staigue Fort, probably the best-preserved, stone ring fort in Ireland, is just a short distance away from Dereenaraig.
Some of Ireland’s finest and best-known golf courses can be found around Kenmare, the nearest town, and Killarney, home to the world-famous lakes, is a national venue for bands touring the country.