Local Activities

Activities close to Tralee Bay Holiday Village

The area is renowned worldwide; it has been in movies such as 'Ryan’s Daughter' and 'Far and Away'. It is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist locations. From Tralee, Killarney and Dingle, there are many amenities. Start walking in any direction and when you get to a summit, the panorama of mountains, sea and county side is breathtaking and spectacular. Tralee Bay Holiday Village is accessible to all the major Kerry locations, only 12 miles from Tralee and 15 miles to Dingle. There are two routes to Dingle; the more scenic route is over the Conor Pass. This winding route offers an awesome advance on the picturesque fishing town. The alternative route passes through the villages of Camp, Annascaul and Lispole – each one offering its own historical tale and archaeological mystery.

BOAT TRIPS

Fungie Trip, and Blasket Island Ferry (10% discount for our Guests) and Eco Marine Tour, Brandon Boat Hire.

WINDSURFING/ SURFING

The Dingle Peninsula has become a popular destination for surfers. The energy of the Atlantic Ocean is released in the large swells that break on the West Kerry coast, leading to good surfing conditions at most times of the year. Wetsuits, surfboards, boogie boards and kite boards can be hired, and there are a number of surf schools such as Jamie Knox www.jamieknox.com and Waterworld www.waterworld.ie (20% discount for our Guests). The two best locations for surfing are Brandon Bay and The Maharees.

DINGLE DOLPHIN

Fungi the friendly Dolphin lives in Dingle Harbour. You can go out in boats to see him and you can hire wet-suits to swim with him. www.dingledolphin.com

GOLF

There is a 9-hole course in Castlegregory (10% discount for our Guests), and an 18 hole course at Ceann Sibeal, Ballyferriter, Dingle (20% discount for our Guests).

CYCLING

Cycling the Dingle Peninsula has always been recognised as the ideal way to experience the area's breathtakingly beautiful views while pedalling through a combination of dramatic mountain climbs or flat valleys that stretch for miles. Bicycles are available to rent in Castlegregory.

PLAYGROUND

There is a playground within 2 miles of our Holiday Village.

ANGLING

Inch: Beach fishing for bass and flatfish. Dingle: Rock fishing for pollack, wrasse, coalfish, bream, conger, ling, tope, cod, whiting, huss, spurdog, gurnard, pouting and shark. Deep sea fishing available. Cloghane: Shore fishing for wrasse, pollack, mackerel and conger. Estuary fishing for ball and flounder. Ventry: Beach fishing for dogfish and bass. Ferriter's Cove: Flounder. Smerwick Harbour: Bass and flatfish. Ballydavid: Pier fishing for conger. Castlegregory area: Beach fishing on Brandon Bay for bass and flatfish at Fermoyle, Kilcummin, Stradbally and the Maharee Peninsula at Scraggane Bay. Tralee/Fenit: Inshore fishing for ray, tope, monkfish, dogfish, pollack and skate. Pier fishing for dogfish, ray, conger, pollack, bass and mullet. Shore fishing for bass, ray, turbot and tope. There is some good trout angling in the lakes of the forestry park at Araglen, and at Lough Gill. Ask in Keane's foodstore about boats and licences. Pedlar's Lough near the top of the Connor Pass - Ask in Tomasin's Pub.

BEACHES

The best local beach is only minutes away and one of the longest beaches in Ireland. Sandy Bay beach is 3 miles and has all the water sports which is half way up the Maharees Peninsula. Brandon Bay/ Stradbally beach the other side of Castlegregory village guarantees large waves for surfing.

NATURE WALKS

The walks on the miles of sandy beaches, around Lough Gill and at Glanteenassig - Gleannta ana Easig, the valleys of the waterfall - has a substantial forestry development and is one of the most beautiful places on the peninsula on a fine day. It is possible to drive right into the deep valley, which resembles the scenery of Killarney and of County Wicklow more than that of the rest of the peninsula. Peaks and corrie cliffs rise steeply from lakes, and the river meanders, forming oxbow bends, through a long valley which is by turns bleak and rocky, brown and green with planted trees.

GREYHOUND RACING

Fancy a night out with a difference to suit all the family, then why not have a night out at The Dogs. The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium is conveniently located within walking distance of Tralee town so is ideal for visitors or even locals within the Tralee area.

PITCH & PUTT

A course is located just 300 metres from our Holiday Village.

DIVING/ SUBAQUA

Dive centre at The Maharees. Waterworld - Where The Fun In Water Begins. Check out www.waterworld.ie

SPLASH SPORTS

Kids Club, Teens Club, Surfing, Sailing, Canoeing, WindSurfing, Banana Ride, Boogie Boarding. Located at Maharees(20% discount for our Guests).

WHALE WATCHING

The Dingle Peninsula is a renowned whale-watching spot that offers fantastic opportunities for the keen observer. A diverse range of cetaceans from Ireland's smallest, the harbour porpoise, up to some of the biggest, the baleen whales, can be seen at different times of the year. Slea Head is the perfect vantage point offering good elevation and a great panorama over a number of different marine habitats. Porpoise can often be seen foraging for fish close to shore. www.marinetours.ie

HORSE RIDING

O’Connors family run Pony Trekking on the Maharees and Herlihys Pony Trekking Tralee (25% discount for our Guests).

BIRD WATCHING AND NATURE RESERVE

There is much to interest the bird lover. Chuffs, gadwall, ducks and gannets can be seen on the cliffs and along the seashore. There is a nature reserve at Lough Gill Lake and along the sea road from the cottages to the village. There are Natterjack toads in the locality - these are the only toads in Ireland and this is the only area in which they are found.

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING/HILL WALKING

Caherconree 2713 ft. (827 mtrs), one of the highest of the Slieve Mish Mountains, can be climbed from Camp. Beenoskee and Stradbally Mountains can be conveniently climbed from Stradbally village, three miles from Castlegregory. Cloghane is the best centre for climbing Brandon Mountain, the second highest mountain in Ireland. It is 3127 ft (951 mtrs).

Indoor Attractions

Lots of various indoor family attractions for you to enjoy

SIAMSA TÍRE THEATRE

The National Folk Theatre of Ireland – Siamsa Tíre, traditional Irish culture on stage, – a truly magical and authentic experience Thousands of visitors to Kerry have picked out a performance by the National Folk Theatre in Tralee, County Kerry, as a highlight of their trip to Ireland. Performances are delivered using all the strengths of Ireland’s traditional artforms which fuse to create a memorable and emotional experience for visitors. Regardless of where our visitors come from, or what language they speak, these stories can be experienced and enjoyed by people from all over the world. From October to April, Siamsa Tíre hosts a wide variety of events across all of the arts – drama, classical music, dance and visual arts. For further information, check out our website on www.siamsatire.com

KERRY COUNTY MUSEUM

Take a stroll through the Kingdom’s rich history at Kerry County Museum and you will find plenty of activities for all ages. Solve a medieval murder mystery in our new interactive gallery ‘Bone Investigators’, and learn the tricks of the trade used by archaeologists and historians. See if you can guess the origin of Ireland’s animals, discover a Stone Age survival kit, and try on Tom Crean’s Antarctic clothes. Find out what life was like in Tralee in 1450 as you stroll through the recreated streets and houses in the Medieval Experience. For further info see www.kerrymuseum.ie

AQUA DOME

The Aqua Dome is one of Ireland's Largest Indoor Waterworld's & Premier Tourist Attractions. Located in Tralee, it offers tropical temperatures all year round and is a Great Day Out for all the family whatever the weather! It is brimming with exciting features that captures the imagination of both child and adult alike. The Aqua Dome is fun for swimmers & non-swimmers. Just Let Yourself Go..... www.aquadome.ie

CRAG CAVE

Located at Castleisland, Crag Cave is a colourful wonderland of stalactites and stalactmites. Discovered in 1983 and thought to be over a million years old, it is a natural all weather attraction. Crag Cave is an ancient fossil cave system, older than mankind itself, within which can be seen the natural forces that created the complex and beautiful passages. Check out www.cragcave.com

COOLWOOD WILDLIFE PARK

Coolwood is a 50 acre complex, with a 10 acres Wildlife Park and 40 acres of Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Killarney, County Kerry. The Wildlife Sanctuary: This area is heavily wooded and is a stronghold of the red squirrel, sparrow hawks, dippers and the more common native wildlife species. It is an ideal place to take the family for a visit with a children’s playground and wonderful picnic areas with some spectacular views. The Wildlife Park: The park inhabitants are many and varied, many being a long way from home but all enjoying the pleasant surroundings in this thoughtfully managed facility. Here you can meet many animal favourites including monkeys, lemurs, meerkats, and raccoons. There is a large bird of prey collection, a pets corner, fancy fowl and pigeons, and a waterfowl collection of carolina and mandarin duck, black swans and geese etc. Check out www.coolwoodwildlifepark.com

DINGLE OCEAN WORLD

Oceanworld Aquarium is situated in Dingle town in County Kerry and hosts Ireland's largest collection of Sharks as well as our Gentoo Penguin display. Experience this enchanting underwater world - where the ocean comes to life. The new exhibit features special guests such as Juvenile Saltwater Crocodiles, Iguanas, Bearded Dragons, Corn Snakes, Pythons as well as Boa constrictor Snakes. So why not come and visit our new comers... will you be brave enough to hold a snake? www.dingle-oceanworld.ie

CLIMBING WALL

Play At Height Adventure Centre in Dingle have a multitude of activites to get your adrenalin pumping including abseiling and wall climbing. Check out www.playatheight.com

BLENNERVILLE WINDMILL & CRAFT CENTRE

Blennerville Windmill stands out as the dominant landmark in Tralee Bay, where the town of Tralee meets the Dingle Peninsula. At the Blennerville Visitor Centre you will find the working windmill as well as an exhibition gallery, craft shop and restaurant. The exhibition includes an audio visual presentation, an emigration display and a bird watching platform with telescope overlooking 'Slí na nÉan' ('the Way of the Birds'). Visitors can get up close and appreciate the scale and complexity of the Windmill machinery and can climb to the top of the windmill.

THE PLAYDIUM

The Playdium, Tralee is Kerry’s Largest Indoor Kids’ Play Centre. Facilities include Large Kid’s Soft Play Centre, Climbing Frames, Plastic Ball Pools, Indoor Slides, Formula Fun Kiddie’s Go-Karting, Tiny Tot’s Play Area, Café … and a few surprises guaranteed to keep the kids happy and entertained in a safe and secure play environment. Offering indoor play facilities for children from toddlers to 12 years, the Playdium has four age-segregated play area’s allowing children of all ages to play and socialise in comfort and safety. More details on www.theplaydium.ie
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