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Caherdaniel, Derrynane & Castlecove – Beach Resort

The small pretty villages of Caherdaniel and Castlecove are located on the Ring of Kerry betweenWaterville and Sneem. They stand on the shores of Derrynane Bay, an excellent location for angling, swimming and diving. Watersports in Derrynane are what the area is renowned for, as well as the steep cultural history of Caherdaniel. Located where the Kenmare river meets the Atlantic, the terrain varies from rugged shore lines to gently rolling mountains.

Derrynane, on the main Ring of Kerry route, is one of the most alluring spots in Ireland. The tiny harbour ofDerrynane was once the haunt of pirates and buccaneers but now offers modern adventurers the opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery and walks imaginable. The Caherdaniel area caters for all ages and tastes. Activities include, kayakingcanoeinghorse-riding, diving or simply strolling along quiet roads covered in wild flowers.

For the nature lover, Derrynane is really special. There are fields of purple orchids, rock pools, natterjack toads, and migratory birds such as golden orioles in spring and little egrets in winter. The coast has created natural rock pools and there are exquisite sandy coves dotted underneath the cliffs. If you have an hour to spare pick up the splendid and informative Nature Trail booklet at Derrynane House. When the weather smiles there is hardly anything better than a day at the beach and maybe a romantic evening stroll along the sands to visit the old abbey before dinner in one of the village’s excellent restaurants.

The nearby Staigue Fort is an example of a cashel or stone fort and is one of Ireland’s finest archeological remains. Caherdaniel got its name from the stone fort of Caher (c 600 B.C) which is on the Kerry Way long distance walking trail to the north of the village.