the local area

Escape into the amazing landscape of the Reeks District

Activities and

A few of our favourites include:

  • Wild SUP Tours Kingdom Waves – Stand Up Paddling, Caragh Lake, Killorglin
  • Upper Caragh Lake Fishing – Salmon, Trout, Caragh Lake, Killorglin
  • J.M.M. Killorglin – hunting and shooting, Killorglin
  • Kerry Climbing – Guided ascents of Carrauntoohil and other local hikes


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Stand Up Paddling at night on Cloon Lake, Glencar

Scenery and
natural attractions

We are located a stone’s throw from McGillycuddy’s Reeks and Carrauntoohill – Ireland’s highest peak at 1039m.

  • Rossbeigh Beach – a lovely long sandy beach,  horse trekking, long walks and water sports. Rossbeigh is located about 2 miles from the village of Glenbeigh.
  • The Skellig Islands – two uninhabited, rocky islets some 12 km off the coast. Skellig Michael is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its well-preserved Christian monastery and recently found fame when it was featured in the new Star Wars films. 
  • The Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve – this has been designated Ireland’s FIRST International Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark-Sky Association. Glencar is located in the only Gold Tier Dark Sky area in the Northern Hemisphere.


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MacGillycuddy's Reeks from Glencar Valley

History and

  • Kells Bay House and Gardens – overlooking the dramatic views of Dingle Bay, and filled with a variety of rare sub-tropical plants.
  • Muckross House and Gardens – a furnished 19th-century mansion set among mountains and woodland, with a shop, cafe and working farms.
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Muckross House and Gardens, Killarney

Food and

Here are a few of our favourite spots:

  • The Climbers Inn Pub and Restaurant, Glencar.
  • Papa Reilly’s Coffee Bar at Lickeen Wood, Glencar.
  • Patchino’s Coffee Bar at the Fairfield, Killorglin.
  • Emilie’s Restaurant, Glenbeigh.   
  • The Bianconi – refined dining with an emphasis on local produce, Killorglin.
  • Towers Hotel, Glenbeigh.
  • Jacks – seafood restaurant, Cromane.
  • There are grocery stores in Glenbeigh and Killorglin.


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The Climbers Inn Pub and Restaurant, Glencar

Glencar Cottages and lodges are a unique collection of newly refurbished holiday homes, situated in the scenic valley of Glencar. 

With Ireland’s beautiful coastline, as well as some of its most spectacular mountains and lakes all within easy reach, there is plenty to see and do.

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