Activities on the Dingle Peninsula
The Dingle Peninsula - Introduction
We know where to go and what to see, letting you get the
most out of your holiday!
All activities can be booked on site and we are delighted to assist
in putting holiday itineraries and ideas together for you.
We are located in the most stunning location on the Peninsula...
Our area has the largest number and longest beaches on the Dingle Peninsula. Tralee Bay provides safe waters for all the family whilst Brandon Bay is a mecca for windsurfers having hosted the World Championships in 2001 and 2002. Sandy Bay Beach provides one of the only beach based water sports facilities in the country with kids/teens clubs and activities
Things to do in Castlegregory:
Castlegregory Village & The Maharees (2.5km from Village):
Pubs, Music, Restaurants, Links Golf Course, PADI Scuba Dive Centre, Surfing, Windsurfing (World Championships 01’ 02), Sea Angling, Lake Fishing, Pony Trekking, Kitesurfing, Sandy Bay Water Sports Centre: Pedalo, Banana Boat, Sail Boats, Water Skiing, Body Boarding.
Things to do in Dingle:
Dingle Town (20 minutes from Village):
Funghi the Dolphin, Dingle Aquarium, Dingle Horse Riding, Archaelogical Tours, Slea Head Tours, Pubs, Music, Cafes, Restaurants, Arts & Craft Shops
Things to do in Tralee:Tralee Town (15 minutes from Village):
Shopping, Siamsa Tire Folk Theatre, Aqua Dome, Multi Screen Cinema, Steam Train & Windmill, Children’s Fun Centre
Fishing Dingle Peninsula - Tralee and Brandon Bay
Fishing Hotspots Map
Thank you to the Inland Fisheries Ireland for permission to use this map
Dingle and Castlegregory
Deep Sea Angling: Charter boats based in Dingle and Castlegregory. Both centres offer blue shark fishing. Other species are tope, pollack, common skate, six species of ray, gurnard, ling, cod, John Dory and coalfish. Deep water close inshore.
Shore Fishing: Some first class beaches for bass anglers such as Inch, Smerwick Harbour and Brandon. The surf beaches at Inch and Brandon Bay are highly regarded. The rocky marks at Clogherhead to Smerwick Harbour produce ballan wrasse to over 7 lbs. , pollack to 10 lbs. and conger to 30 lbs. Download a fishing map of Dingle Penninsula [.doc, 600 KB].
Small Boat: Ventry, Dingle and Ballydavid Bays, are well know areas for thornback ray and flatfish.
When to Fish: June to September for tope and blue shark. September to December for shore fishing especially bass and ballan wrasse.
Comments: Bass fishing is showing signs of recovery. The renowned Dingle Pairs Festival has been held here over the last 26 years. Ballan wrasse record held here (a fish of 9 lb). For more information please log on to www.swrfb.com
Fenit & Tralee Bay
FENIT AND TRALEE BAY
Deep Sea Angling: The area offers deep sea and inshore fishing. Charter boats based at Fenit pier. Main target species are blue shark, sting ray, undulate ray and occasional monkfish.
Shore Fishing: The top centre in the country for sting ray from the beaches of Derrymore and Killfenora. Surf beaches from Fenit to Ballyheigue offering bass and flatfish including turbot. Excellent rock marks at Kerry Head producing pollack, mackerel, wrasse, conger, buss huss and rockling. Fenit Pier yields catches of ray, flatfish, bass, dogfish, whiting and mullet. Download a fishing map of Fenit [.doc, 600KB].
Small Boat: Excellent venue for inshore boat anglers. Good launching facilities in Fenit. Species caught in the Tralee Bay are tope, six species of ray including sting and undulate, common skate, bull huss and occasional monkfish.
When to Fish: Inshore boat angling May to November. Sting ray May and June. Tope June to September. Shore angling June to December.
Comments: Holds three Irish records i.e. monkfish 73lb, sting ray 33 kg and undulate ray. For more information please log on to www.swrfb.com
Gordon Thornes Journalist Sea Angler Magazine.
Just a big thank you for a great deal and looking after us last week, we enjoyed ourselves despite the weather, the fish were not jumping on the hooks but we got enough for the magazine features. I am surprised that you don't have more anglers staying with you, geographically your situation is perfect for access to the famed bass strands of Brandon bay and Inch and the Dingle peninsula in general. I stay in lots of places all over Ireland and have to say the Tralee Bay Holiday Village complex is a cut above the average with everything under one roof so to speak, it is the ideal base for shore, game and with your parking facilities travelling small boat anglers. Best of luck in these testing times.
My regards to Tim. Gordon.
Ken Pierce 2012
My mates and I have been fishing the Castlegreggory area for over 27 years, the beaches over there are the best I have ever fished,they have produced for us lots of bass up to 11lb although myself I am still waiting for my first double figure one but I have had loads up to 8 lb we have also had very large flounder and a few sea trout,the accommodation we require must be very clean very comfortable and very spacious,in my opinion the cottages at Tralee Bay Village ticks all the boxes and the icing on the cake is the seven-hoggs bar and restaurant which is within the holiday village, and Tim and his staff are all very helpful in whatever you need. Barrie the owner of the cottages is also very helpful and the sort of person you can talk to and sort any problems or concerns you may have ,the only problem with him is he is a Chelsea supporter and I am trying to get him to recognize a good team like Liverpool but I have failed up to now, but still trying.
Jean-Pierre - on catching shrimps...
Regarding our fishing spot (there could be better ones as we didn't try many), should you be interested of course, it is located in a little cove beyond Fahamore, just west of a larger cove where a pier can be found. All you have to do is to catch the shrimps under the algae (some varieties are better than others) by means of a net better, much larger and stronger than those we saw in the cottage, yet the same shape. Back home just drop your shrimps into a pan of boiling & salted water and leave them no more than two minutes, maybe two & a half, just time to really change colour. Add a pinch of salt once your catch is on the plate, still warm. Wait until the shrimps are cold or just lukewarm and then enjoy with a glass of dry white wine, with enough acidity. Bon appétit! Sorry for not leaving some for you. We should have gone back fishing instead of being lazy and going to the pub. Please find attached pics of my friends and our catch. Thank you for your welcome and your flexibility anyway. See you one of these days... Best regards, Jean-Pierre
Dingle Peninsula & Kerry Golf
Let us introduce you to some of Ireland’s finest Golf Courses, all within 40 minutes of our Holiday Village.
Watersports - Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Surfing.
Dingle Peninsula Walks
No other area in Ireland offers the variety and quality of walking trails and routes as the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland’s most westerly dramatic peninsula.
The Dingle Peninsula is a paradise for walkers. Most of the routes are on small, quiet roads and trails, far away from the hustle and bustle of life.
The Dingle Peninsula nature and bird watching
The Dingle Peninsula is a natural haven for nature lovers and particularly Bird Watching.
Adventure - Walking and Mountaineering
Dingle Peninsula Adventures
The Dingle Peninsula offers an abundance of tours, activities and amenities and caters particularly for those who enjoy a sense of adventure in the great outdoors.
Activities close to Tralee Bay Holiday Village
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
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 Keanes foodstore about boats and licences.
Pedlars Lough near the top of the Connor Pass - Ask in Tomasin's Pub. For deep sea
angling you may go out with Mr John Kennedy, he lives near the harbour at Fahamore
The Aqua Dome is one of Irelands Largest Indoor Waterworlds & Premier Tourist Attractions.
The Aqua Dome offers tropical temperatures all year round and is a Great Day Out for all
the family whatever the weather!
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.
Fungie Trip, and Blasket Island Ferry (10% discount for our Guests) and Eco Marine Tour,
Brandon Boat Hire.
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
Is a ten-lane state of the art bowling centre at Manor East Tralee (20% discount for our Guests)
Play at a height adventure Centre, Dingle
CRAG CAVE - Ireland's Most Exciting Showcave http://www.cragcave.com
Discovered in 1983 and thought to be over 1 million years old Crag Cave is a magical
wonderland of stalagmites and stalactites. It is an all weather visitor attraction located in
Castleisland Co. Kerry (20% discount for our Guests)
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.
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.
Dive centre at The Maharees
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.
There are 9-hole courses in Castlegregory (10% discount for our Guests), and an 18 hole
course at Ceann Sibeal Ballyferriter , Dingle (20% discount for our Guests)
O’Connors family run Pony Trekking on the Maharees. And Herlihys pony trekking Tralee .
(25% discount for our Guests)
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).
The award Kerry County Museum is located in the Ashe Memorial Hall, traces the history
and archaeology of Kerry and Ireland over 7000 years.
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.
PITCH & PUTT,
Course 300 metres from our Holiday Village
There is a brand new playground with in 2 miles of our Holiday Village
The Siamsa Tíre Tralee mission is to reflect Ireland's great wealth of music, dance and
folklore on stage, through vibrant, colourful theatrical entertainment.
All weather attraction in Kerry for a great day out in Kerry then Toby World in Tralee is the
place to be! The award winning play centre offers hours of fun for children of all ages (25%
discount for our Guests)
Kids Club, Teens Club, Surfing, Sailing, Canoeing, WindSurfing, Banana Ride, Boogie
Boarding, At Maharees(20% discount for our Guests)
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
Blennerville Windmill has a visitor complex, exhibition gallery, Café, craft shop and
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 a number of surf schools such as Jamie Knox
http://www.jamieknox.com and Waterworld (20% discount for our Guests) The two best
locations for surfing are Brandon Bay and The Maharees
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.
Every Day From 10am
Mid-March to November 1st
6.00 pm July & August
5.30 pm other months
Later by appointment
Phone: + 353 66 7141244
Fax: + 353 66 7142352
Dingle Ocean World
Ireland’s new spectacular Aquarium overlooks the scenic Dingle Harbour, in County Kerry. OceanWorld displays the many fascinating species that live in the magnificant Dingle Peninsula. Journey through Dingle Peninsula’s ancient history to discover the culture of sea life from the pre-christian era to present times.
Arriving in Dingle Town from the N86 turn left on the first roundabout. Keep going along the waterfront for 500 metres until you see our signs and our building on the right.
Price list & opening times:
Adult: € 11.00
Children: € 6.50
Student/ Senior Citizen: € 8.50
Family: (2 Adults and up to 4 Children U16) € 30.00
Group rates available for groups of 15 persons or more.
Open Daily 10am - 5pm last admission
Killarney Model Railway
Located at Beech Road, Killarney, will provide enjoyment for all the family. Scores of trains running on over a mile of track, transport you through the landmarks of Europe. There are thousands of tiny people depicting all walks of life and a day and night scene that will take your breath away
10a-6p M-Sa, noon-6p Su
Address: Beech Road, Killarney, Ireland
Tel: +353 64 3 4000
Coolwood Wildlife Sanctuary and Zoo
Located at Coolcaslagh, about two miles from Killarney town. Situated on 50 acres, it is an ideal family venue with scenic walks, coffee shop, children’s playground and the 3 acre children’s zoo with a variety of exotic species
Address: Coolcaslagh, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)64 36288
Located on the Waterville road, just a few miles from Cahersiveen, this is Irelands oldest synoptic weather station.. Weather observations are made each hour and transmitted by telex to Dublin. Many historic instruments originally used are on display at the Observatory.
An opportunity to observe the hundreds of species that inhabit the underwater world at Tralee Bay.
Open: daily from 11.00am-5.30pm (March-October).
Admission: adult 5.50; child 3.50; concession 4.50; family (2 adults, 5 children) 17.50, extended family (4 adults, 5 children) 23.50
Tel: 066-7136544 .
Blennerville Windmill & Craft Centre
Working Windmill, historical exhibition on 19th century emigration, restaurant, crafts.
Open: April to October 10am-6pm, 7 days.
Adm: Adult 4, Children 2, Students/OAP’s 3.25, Family (2 Adults, 3 Children) 10.
Tel: 066-7121064 .
Please visit our gallery to see more images.
This video clip highlights areas of interest around the Dingle peninsula.
The beautiful scenery, rugged coastline and sandy beaches can be viewed on all sides of the peninsula.
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.