Derrynane on the Ring of Kerry is a quaint little coastal townland in the parish of Caherdaniel. When I think of Derrynane, I think of Derrynane Beach, and a list of adjectives spring to mind – amazing, awesome, cerulean, stunning, magnificent!
Derrynane Beach is an extremely beautiful, vast sweeping sandy beach on the Ring of Kerry. This beautiful sheltered sandy beach features a natural harbour and can be accessed from Derrynane House and Gardens.
There is a car park at Derrynane House and another small car park at the harbour side of the beach.
During low tide you can walk across to nearby Abbey Island a graveyard that is the burial place of Mary O’Connell, wife of The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell.
Derrynane Blue Flag beach is a gem on the Ring of Kerry. When the sun shines, you could be in any Mediterranean holiday destination, as the prismatic and vivid blue sea meets the soft white sands beneath your feet. The beach is simply breath-taking on a sunny day. The colours seem to come alive under the sun light; the sand is almost white and the water is crystal clear and turquoise; like a Grecian Isle!
Enjoy this wonderful place at your ease. Take a quiet and reverential walk to the little graveyard facing the sea (but be wary of the tides). Have a coffee and a treat at the Ahamore Tea House in Derrynane House or a cool pint by the fire at the Blind Piper Pub in Caherdaniel!
If you have never been to this beach, then do yourself a favour and make time for a visit. Derrynane Beach is as impressive during the winter months when the beach is quiet and peaceful. No matter what the weather is like you will never regret a walk on Derrynane Beach, however on a sunny summers day you will find the beach is thronged with families!
How to get there:
Take the turn off for the Blind Piper and follow the road until you come to the large car park outside Daniel O Connell’s house.
The village of Caherdaniel is located two miles to the north west of the beach. Full of character and atmosphere, the pretty little village of Caherdaniel stands on the shores of Derrynane Bay, on the Ring of Kerry. This welcoming little village is a charming stop on the Wild Atlantic Way, whether you are interested in eating, refuelling or sightseeing, Caherdaniel and Derrynane Beach are a must see.
Derrynane House and Gardens
Derrynane House is the birth place of The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell. Many relics of O’Connell’s life and career are preserved in the house which now serves as a museum. Here you will also find Ahamore Tearooms, a lovely little café which is open seasonally serving tea, coffee, sandwiches, savoury pastries, sweet dishes and a selection of gluten free options.
Irish Fairy Trail at Derrynane House
A magical trip through the woodlands where young and old alike can discover the magical fairy trail where fairies live intertwined with the natural flora and fauna at Derrynane House and Gardens. This is a free attraction and open throughout the year.
Derrynane Sea Sports, is set in one of the most picturesque locations imaginable on the magnificent Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way.
With a host of water sports including Sailing, Waterskiing & Wakeboarding, Windsurfing, Snorkelling, Canoeing and Kayaking. Derrynane Seasports caters for groups and offers camps during the summer months.
Located mid-way between the villages of Caherdaniel and Castlecove on the world famous Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way, you will find the family run O’Carroll’s Cove Beach Bar & Seafood Restaurant. Nestled in a sheltered cove which is famous for its turquoise waters, gulf stream and white sandy beach, the restaurant offers great food, friendly staff, a warm welcome and seasonal entertainment!
O’Carrolls Cove is the perfect spot, whether you are looking to spend the day sun bathing or swimming, just stopping of for an ice-cream or refreshments! If you are looking to have a nice meal in a friendly atmosphere with unsurpassed sea views, O’Carrolls Cove is a stop not to be missed on the Ring of Kerry!
Accommodation in Derrynane
Thinking of holidaying in Derrynane? Derrynane Hotel and Holiday Homes are opening under new ownership this spring after extensive refurbishment. This is the perfect base for anybody looking to explore Derrynane, Caherdaniel and the Ring of Kerry. These stunning homes sleep up to 8 people so are perfect for family groups or groups of friends. Breakfast at the Hotel is included in the prices and while staying in the homes you can use the hotel’s outdoor pool, tennis courts, gym, sauna etc. The holiday homes are fully self-catering so each home has a washer/dryer to help elevate the chore of catching up on washing when you get home from your holiday. If after a long day at the beach you just don’t feel like cooking, you can head over to the Hotel and let someone else do it for you in the Bar or Restaurant! Not only this but you can sit outside in the evening and enjoy the incredible views of the ocean while your children slumber peacefully in their bedrooms inside.