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For the online Ordnance Survey map of the area see: http://maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V1,477705,559891,3,3



Fishing - Croansaght River, Glanmore Lough, Lauragh
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The Croansaght River drains Glanmore Lake which is a 5 min drive from the cottages. It is set in stunning scenery, overlooked by the Caha Mountains. It gets a small run of spring salmon, and the grilse come in June; the sea trout run in August. Salmon: 15th March to 30th September. Sea Trout: 15th March to 12th October. There is one boat for hire on the lake. Contact: Craigies Hotel, Castletownbere. Telephone +353 (0)27 70 379






Golf
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Within this natural beauty spot of south west Ireland, there are two beautifully appointed 18 hole courses in Kenmare. Kenmare Golf Club is set in the heart of the town with next to the water's edge. Secondly, The Ring of Kerry Golf and Country Club just out of the town is at an elevated position, with spectacular views high above Kenmare Bay. Both clubs welcome non-members. Their phone number to book are: Kenmare Golf Club +(00 353) 064 66 41291 and Ring of Kerry Golf Club +(00 353) 064 66 42000.



Killarney Golf Club, the home of the Irish Open is 40 miles away (approximately a 1 hour drive). It has 3 championship courses that will suite players of all abilities.
Telephone +353 (0)64 66 31034






Diving
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Exciting and fun. You can explore the secret sub-aquatic world of the Bay under the guidance of professional divers from Kenmare Bay Diving. Located at the spectacular Kilmackillogue Harbour, a 20 minute walk or 5 minute drive from the house, the diving club will supply you with all the gear and equipment you need. For complete beginners or seasoned pros. Telephone +(00 353) 087 699 3793 to book or make enquiries.






Stone Circles
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The Beara Peninsula is steeped in myths and legends. The mountains and valleys are rich in archaeological sites such as stone circles.

One site known locally known as 'The Shruberries' lies in the town of Kenmare itself, not far from the Cromwell Bridge. Unlike any other ring in Muster, this one is egg-shaped, measuring 17.4 x 15.8m (56 x 49ft). Such shapes are unusual; their design could be a late geometrical development.The Kenmare stone circle is probably the largest in SW Ireland, and it is composed of 15 heavy boulders: 13 standing and 2 prostrate at the north. At the centre is an impressive boulder-burial with a giant capstone some 2m long, 1.8m wide and 0.8m thick (6ft 6in x 6ft x 2ft 6in). The weight of this capstone must be almost seven tons - at least 30 labourers would be needed to drag it into position.

More on the Bera's many stone circles can be found here:
www.bearatourism.com/archaelogical






Horse Riding
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Dromquinna Riding Stables, closest to Kenmare town. Mountain, sea and woodland rides from 1/2 hour upwards. Beginners and experienced riders. Lessons available for children and adults. Pony camps, 3 to 4 days. Telephone : +353 (64) 66 41043 or +353 86 108 3318 (Mobile).
When booking tell them that I, Debra, sent you.
www.dromquinna-stables.com



Blackwater Stables. Approved Stables for pleasure rides through the scenic Kenmare - Blackwater area. Horses & ponies to suit all. Blackwater Stables offers a wide variety of equine activities, from Trekking to lessons as well as breaking and schooling of young horses. Telephone : +353 (64) 66 28939. www.blackwaterstables.eu






Sailing
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Approximately, a 15 minute drive from the house, on Kenmare Bay, sailing is possible from "Star Outdoors". The Kenmare River is a very under-used waterway, which means that there's plenty of space for novice sailors and old sea dogs alike to explore the river. Your voyage will be undertaken with supervision and tuition. For more information, phone +(00 353) 064 66 41222



Rowing Boat Hire is easy at the Cloonee Lakehouse. It’s a restaurant and bar near Tuosist where you can hire rowing boats and enjoy a lazy sail on the nearby lake after which the Lakehouse is named. Following an hour or two bobbing on the water, you’ll be ready for some refreshments inside. Telephone: +353 (64) 66 84205





Places of Intrest
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Situated in Killarney National Park, Muckross House and Gardens are among the most popular of Irish visitor attractions.
Queen Victoria paid a visit here, to the Herbert family, in 1861. The House was later owned, in turn, by Lord Ardilaun (of the Guinness family) and by the Bourn Vincents. Today, many of the rooms in this magnificent mansion have been restored to their original Victorian splendour.
Between the months of April and July, Muckross Gardens are spectacularly adorned with the red and pink flowers of mature Rhododendrons. Other garden features include a Sunken Garden, a Rock Garden and a Stream Garden. An Arboretum, containing many trees from the Southern Hemisphere, was established here in 1972.
Telephone: +353 (64) 66 70144






Health Spa
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Spa Treatment at the 5 star Park Hotel in their SAMAS Spa was recently voted among the top ten destination spas in Europe. Pamper yourself in the spa pool, beauty room, fitness suite and a range of lifestyle classes. Call The Park Hotel, but be aware that your appointment will be made, subject to availibility. Telephone: +353 (64) 41200






Walking - Beara Way
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The farm next to Lauragh Church is positioned directly next to the famous Beara Way walk, a 197km waymarked footpath that circles the beautiful Beara Peninsula. It's route mostly along old roads and tracks will take you past cliffs, over mountains, through coastal villages and onto small islands.

For more detailed information see the Beara Tourism site:
http://www.bearatourism.com/bearaway.html

Also please see Hillwalk Tours, who offer self-guided hikes along the Beara Way: http://www.hillwalktours.com/hiking-ireland/beara-way-overview





Download a PDF of "The Ring of Beara" map above to print







There are also many local shorter walks easily completed in a single day, numbered 1 to 4 on both the maps.

1) Knockatee


Knockatee is a 330 meter mountain with a beautiful stunning view point at the summit. It is approximately 2 miles from the cottages on the minor road between Knockatee and Knockanoughanish. There is a track up the hill and then sheep tracks, after it ends. Aim for the large rock fault, which runs left to right across the hill. Ascend through the grassy rock fault, moving right to its highest point. On your left you will see a faint path leading up hill to the summit.


2) Drombohilly


A stone circle that crowns a knoll with magnificent views, 1 mile from the cottages. Turn right on leaving the farm towards Tousist. Once over the crest of the pass the stone circle is visible on the slope of the hill to your right. Take the nearest gate into the fields and follow a straight line to the circle.


3) The Healy Pass


The Healy Pass road, built in 1847, is a scenic mountain road between Lauragh and Adrigole. It cuts through the Caha Mountains at a maximum height of 334 meters above sea level and passes between two of the highest peaks of the range. The 4.5 miles to the top is one of the finest mountain roads in Ireland. The start of the pass is only half a mile from the cottages at the Lauragh cross roads near the church.


4) Gleninchaquin


All the required information on the Gleninchaquin Park walks can be found here: http://www.gleninchaquin.com/walks.php



The map below shows the location of walks 1 to 4 above.



Download a PDF of the map above to print




The details of some more routes a little further a field can be here: http://www.bearatourism.com/walks.html



The location of walks 5 to 7 can be seen on the Beara map at the top of this page.

5) Druids Loop


See Discover Ireland for Druids Loop details: http://www.discoverireland.ie/Activities-Adventure/druid-s-loop/80899

Download a PDF of the Druids Loop map above to print



6) Fionn MacCool Loop


See Discover Ireland for Fionn MacCool Loop details: http://www.discoverireland.ie/Activities-Adventure/fionn-maccool-loop/80945

Download a PDF of the Fionn MacCool Loop map above to print



7) Cailleach Beara Loop


See Discover Ireland for Cailleach Beara Loop details: http://www.discoverireland.ie/Activities-Adventure/cailleach-beara-loop/80946

Download a PDF of the Cailleach Beara Loop map above to print



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