Glenbeigh is a small holiday and fishing village on the Iveragh peninsula. The village nestles beneath the 1,621ft Seefin Mountain near the River Beigh. One of the most beautiful beaches in County Kerry can be walked along at Glenbeigh.
The scenery is magnificent and one of the finest walks in Ireland, known as the Glenbeigh Horseshoe, from Seefin to Drung Hill a circuit of hills with panoramic close-ups of glacial corries, lakes and magnificent scenery will remain in your memory for the rest of your life.
If you enjoy a game of golf there is an enticing golf course called Dooks in Glenbeigh on the Killorglin Road read about Dooks Golf Club on our golfing in Kerry page.
Glenbeigh is a very popular holiday base for touring The Ring Of Kerry and has an interesting history.
Near the village is the ruin of “Wynne`s Folly”, a mansion built by Lord Headley Wynne in 1867. The terrible tragedies that befell of nearly everyone who lived on the Wynne estate is still talked about to day.
A certain Mr Roe, Lord Wynne`s agent, evicted all the inhabitants of the estate and surrounding areas in a cruel and callous way. He increased the rent by 50% to pay for the construction of the mansion.
Not long after this Lord Wynne became bankrupt and he made his exit from Glenbeigh. The grounds were turned into an army training camp. In 1921 the Republican forces burned the mansion to the ground and it has never been rebuilt.
Rossbeigh Strand a beautiful stretch of beach, known for safe swimming and water sports lies under the shadow of Curra Hill.
Caragh Lake a fisherman’s paradise is a beautiful expanse of water 4 miles long set amongst broom and heather with majestic mountains as the background. Coomasharn Lake, the largest of the lake in Glenbeigh is enclosed on three sides by high rocky mountains is known for its trout fishing.
Now after a healthy days walking and a great days fishing sustenance is of need. The Towers hotel in the centre of Glengeigh will serve you a hearty meal and help you with B&B.
An interesting and pleasant place to visit while you are in the Glenbeigh area is The Kerry Bog Village Museum. This little cluster of thatched-roof cottages shows what life was like in Kerry in the early 1800s. The museum village has a blacksmith's forge and house, turf-cutter's house, labourer’s cottage, Thatcher’s dwelling, tradesman's house, and stable and dairy house.
Stacks of newly cut turf sit piled high beside the road. There are also a football pitch and other recreational facilities. The interiors are furnished with authentic pieces gathered from all parts of Kerry.
Also next door is a fine pub restaurant, you will be delighted with the menu and lively dancing.
The Red Fox just outside Glenbeigh is a must to visit especially the thatched village and his hot toddies.
Oh and don`t forget the Glenbeigh Races!!
Do you know who you are? Does your great, great grandfather come from Glenbeigh or nearby?
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Visitors from Canada:
We were expecting a quick stop at a beach to stretch our legs, however this stop included so much more. This stop included an amazing playground, toilets, sports area and that is on top of the beautiful beach. And don’t miss the fairy forest when you make your way back up to the ring of Kerry.
Visitors from Virginia:
This was one of the first stops on our Ring of Kerry trip. We didn't even mean to go down because it wasn't in the guide we had. It was spectacular. The beach itself was a grand view. I wish we had more time to spend cause we saw Kayaks and Horseback riders. There is a huge play ground and basketball courts. I can imagine it is a great place to spend a weekend. Stop by if you are in the area.
Visitors from Toronto Canada: Glenbeigh Horseshoe
We went over the hill from Rossbeigh to Glenbeigh. Tough start but when you get going on the second half of the first climb it gets easier. The views are beautiful. Pick your day carefully to get the best weather. It is a very steep descent into Glenbeigh, so make sure you have the correct footwear. Well worth the effort.
Visitors from New York: Glenbeigh Horseshoe
If your attempting to do anything outside in Ireland during the winter or the summer - have boots and oils and you will not be disapointed
We had a lovely Hike to clear the head on a terrible blustery morning - looking down at the wild Atlantic waves savaging Rossbeigh Beach below us.
Very refreshing - great walk
A visitor from Chicago, USA: The Kerry Bog Village
I had the pleasure of visiting the Bog Village while on a Ring Of Kerry tour. The village is beautiful and a very nice way to step back in time and see what it was like to live in an 18th century bog in Ireland.
My favourite part of the visit was the Irish Coffee at the Red Fox! They are famous for their coffee for good reason, you will receive a coupon for some $ off your coffee if you purchase a ticket for the Bog Village. I have been hard pressed to find an Irish Coffee that tastes so good anywhere else in the world. I can only dream of visiting again.
From another visitor travelling from East Moline, ill USA.
We have visited the Red Fox Inn numerous times and they have the best Irish Coffee In all of Ireland. We shall continue to go back as much as possible.
A traveller from Tokyo
The Kerry Bog Village is an amazing place, tucked away in beautiful countryside, warm friendly people, see the almost extinct Kerry Bog Ponies as well, check it all out at their web site.