Ballinskelligs has so much to offer for all visitors:

A beautiful Blue Flag Beach nestled at the western edge of a gorgeous sheltered bay, right at the centre of the Kerry Dark-Sky Reserve.

A beloved haven for artists with a world renowned artist’s retreat at Cill Rialaig village, a gallery at Cill Rialaig Arts Centre and regular craft fairs.

Part of the Wild Atlantic Way, the longest coastal driving/walking route in Europe.

McCarthy’s Mor (the famous ‘castle on the beach’) and the 12th Century Abbey are just two of Ballinskelligs’ iconic sights to visit in this area steeped in heritage.

Baile ’n Skeilg (in Irish) is a Gaeltacht region, where you can hear Irish spoken by the locals. It’s taught in the schools and is promoted in order to maintain its rich heritage and history. You can take courses here in the summer.

Ballinskelligs, the perfect place for a family holiday by the sea, a spiritual retreat that will leave you refreshed and invigorated.

Walking, Hill Walking, Cycling: There are many local walks and cycle routes. Bikes can be rented in the nearby town of Cahersiveen.

Walks up Bolus Head ( to Bolus Tower), Bray Tower in Valentia, Geokaun Mountain (Valentia) offer breathtaking views over South Kerry and the Sceilig Rocks. Visit Cill Rialaig Famine Village and Artists Retreat and also the Cill Rialaig Art Gallery and Cafe in Dungeagan Village.

beachartist3Walk part of the Kerry Way Walking Route. Information on all these is available in the house and on the

Ballinskelligs Tourism website at

Eating Out & Area Attractions: Trip to the Skellig Rock is a must and most holiday makers say it is the highlight of their holiday. Boats leave Portmagee and Ballinskelligs daily weather permitting.

Valentia Island offers a Slate Quarry, Grotto, Light House, Geokaun Mountain & Fogher Cliffs Viewing Point, Candle making. Watersports for children in Knightstown during summer months include water trampoline, kayaking, fishing, orienteering.

There are many archaeological sites in the area including Staigue Fort, Caherdaniel, Leacanabuile, Cahergeal forts. An information book is provided by the owner for all local attractions and restaurants. Local seafood is a speciality in most local restaurants.

bally and the telescope photoIn January 2014 South West Kerry was allocated as the only dark skies area (gold status) in the Northern Hemisphere – an ideal choice for star gazers / astronomers.