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Activities in Ballinskelligs and South Kerry

Walking

At any time of the year you can enjoy walks in the breathtakingly beautiful countryside...
of different lengths and difficulties in the area.
We have two lovely sandy beaches, one within two minutes from the house, the other appr 5min away by car.
Mountains and several cultural heritage sites along the way also wait for you to be discovered.

One famous walk starts from Ballinskelligs and brings you to Bolus Head.
The route follows minor public roads through the townlands including Cill Rialig to Bolus.
Departing Ballinskelligs Beach, turn left at Castle Cross and walk straight on.
You will enjouy views of Horse Island, Ballinskelligs Castle and the old Abbey.
Having passed by the Abbey take the next turn right.
At the top of this road take a left and continue through the townlands of Boolakeel and Kildreelig.
At Kildreelig (Cill Rialaig) a number of houses have been refurbished and are used as artist retreats throughout the year (their work can be seen and bought in the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre and Shop in Dun Geagan).
On reaching Bolus you need to retrace your steps to return to Ballinskelligs Beach.

Suitable for all walkers, distance 13km, suitable footwear and something to drink required.
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In the past years several "Loop Walks" were created, three of which are very near our B&B in Ballinskelligs.

The latest addition to our Loop Walks is the Monks Trail
which starts at the carpark at Ballinskelligs Blue Flag Beach, not two minutes from our house.
It is a gentle stroll along the shore passing the 12th Century Abbey and the McCarthy Mor Tower.

Another easy Loop walk is the Emlagh Loop around Reenroe Beach,
starting at the Reenroe beach access near the old hotel.

The next one, a bit more challenging, starts in Ducalla and leads you around Bolus Head
with tremendous views over the Atlantic Ocean and out to the Skelligs Rocks.
If you feel terribly fit, you can combine this walk with the Kildrealig one, mentioned at the start of this article.

Loop Walk number four is around Beentee Mountain near Caherciveen,
it starts behind the Market House in Caherciveen.

And finally, there is Loop Walk number five - around Bray Head on Valentia Island.