Castlegregory and the Maharees
The Maharees is a sandy peninsula on the northern side of the Dingle Peninsula outside the village of Castlegregory. It is a very popular holiday destination because of the unique beauty between the mountains and the sea.
The Maharees consists of two small clusters of houses called Kilshannig and Fahamore, but the whole area is known as the Maharees because of the seven Maharee Islands just off the shore. Long sandy beaches flank both sides of the peninsula and offer opportunities for walking, relaxing or water sports. Brandon Bay is a world famous wind surfing spot and popular surf spot. Tralee Bay offers calmer swimming and waters sports for children at Sandy Bay. Scraggane Bay and Sandy Bay are perfect to try Stand Up Paddling and there are equipment rentals and lessons for all water sports available through two local companies.
The local beaches are all within five km from the holiday homes and there is a small cove directly in front of the property. Scraggane Bay and Tralee Bay are just a five minute walk down the road or guests can relax in the house and garden and enjoy the sea breeze and views without moving at all.
The area is very popular with walkers and hikers of all levels. Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest mountain can be climbed from Cloghane or Dingle. There is great birdwatching and fishing around the Maharees and the Castlegregory area too.
The Green Room Bar and Spillane’s Bar & Restaurant are both an easy reach by foot, bike or car. The Island’s Restaurant overlooks the pier in Fahamore and opens for lunch and dinner in the summer. There are more pubs and restaurants in the village and Dingle has some of the best restaurants in the country. There is a farmer’s market in Dingle on Friday morning, one in Tralee on Saturday morning and a Country Market in Castlegregory on Sunday mornings in the summer. The Dingle Peninsula is home to many talented artists and craft producers, some of which work in Castlegregory. More information can be found online and locally about Original Kerry craft trails, where guests can visit artisans’ workshops.
Castlegregory village lies halfway between Tralee and Dingle and is easily accessible from either town. It is a great location for exploring the South West of Ireland and the many beautiful attractions in County Kerry. It is also a must-see stop on the new Wild Atlantic Way that runs down Ireland’s west coast (http://www.wildatlanticway.com/home/). The village has a small supermarket, ATM (inside the Spar), post office, hair & beauty salons, Church, pharmacy, cafe, restaurants and pubs.
Although Castlegregory is very popular in the summer, wilder weather in winter gives guests a unique experience and taste of life on Ireland’s west coast. The Periwinkle is a great spot for cosying up, reading a book and watching the waves and wind batter the islands. It is perfect for guests looking for time to think or be creative.
Jamie Knox Watersports
Spillane’s Bar and Restaurant