Detached dormer bungalow with large green playing area to the front. Secure garden with picnic table and BBQ. Upstairs bedroom has views of the sea. Cottage is charmingly decorated with local paintings and handcrafts. The sitting room has a slate fireplace and turf is freely available at the back door. Oil fired central heating also. The kitchen is well appointed with all modern appliances. Downstairs are two bedrooms and a bathroom, one single and one twin or king size. Upstairs are two bedrooms and electric shower, both doubles. DVD and books supplied. The village is a five minute stroll from the front door and there is a swimming beach (Reencaheragh) a short drive away. The village launches boats daily to the famous Skellig Rocks, a UNESCO Heritage site. Astronomers can enjoy watching night skies as this part of Kerry has been awarded a Dark Sky distinction. The Bridgestone award winning restaurant at the Moorings pub has a lovely fish menu .
The village of Portmagee has a well stocked grocery store, two pubs, two restaurants, a quality craft/delicatessen shop, a working fishing pier, a coffee shop, fish 'n chips served during the summer months, a post office and also a booking office for trips to the famous Skellig rocks. Within walking distance is the Skellig heritage center where you can watch a film about the Skelligs and learn about the Coptic monks before you visit the rock itself.
You have the choice of taking a boat trip around the rock or making a booking in the village for a day trip to land on Skellig Mor and walk to the top where a guide will give you detailed information about this monastic site. The boat trip out is quite long and Ii would recommend taking a picnic and binoculars for birdwatching. you may see storm petrels, puffins, gannets, shear waters and guillemots. Sometimes you may catch sight of Russo's dolphins, common dolphins and killer whales. At the rock there is a colony of seals and a huge gannet .Golf details: World famous Waterville links about thirty minutes drive from house.' Dooks' course also thirty-forty minutes drive away (cheaper than Waterville!)
Make sure to tell Ger and Patricia in the Moorings that the Jolleys sent you! They also have a lovely new craft shop beside the restaurant.
You can book whale watching trips in Caherciveen and during the summer a ferry runs to Dinlge from Valentia harbor where you can see the famous 'Fungi' dolphin and visit the aquarium.
This is a beautiful part of the Kerry kingdom and the scenic views are breathtaking. However, if it does rain
you'll be safe in the local pub or curled up in front of a real turf fire!
I love Nature, hens, art, reading and good food. I run a community garden in Dublin (see Facebook Growing2gether) .
Family from Kerry. Connections with Valentia Island. Perfect when the children were younger for safety and entertainment. Now that they are older, they want it to themsleves!
Re-charge your batteries and feed the soul in this beautiful part of the world.
The only village in Ireland to celebrate the New Year in style!
The old year is 'shot'' and the 'new year 'pops out of a nearby hedge to parade through the village with turf burners and pipes band. Attended by hundreds of people and recorded on previous occasions by RTE television.
Beautiful village setting overlooking Valentia Island with Mountains behind. On Valentia Island you may visit the famous Slate quarry, Glanleam house and gardens, complete a PADI diving course, go deep sea fishing or browse around Knightstown with local sculpture and artists.
A short stroll from the house will take you into Portmagee village with a working fishing pier, if you’re lucky the fisherman will give you some fish for dinner! During the summer plenty of mackerel can be caught from the end of the pier. The Mooring pub and restaurant is Bord Failte approved & will make you very welcome. Alternatively you can drive into the town of Caherciveen (birthplace of Daniel O'Connell) where there is a large selection of pubs & restaurants. A car is essential to get the full benefit from this lovely area of Kerry, the famous Derrynane beach is half an hours' drive away where you can windsurf, water ski or just stroll around the beautiful beach & Abbey Island.
There is alwasy something going on in The Moorings - check their website, its just a stroll away from the house.
Other Activities: birdwatching, Irish set dancing, golf, astronomy. This part of Kerry has just been awarded the Dark Sky award.
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