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Surrounded by the rugged shores of Derrynane Bay and gently rolling mountains, the charming village of Caherdaniel (Dónalls Stone Forth), is located on the Southern coast of the Iveragh peninsula, on the N70. Set against the backdrop of spectacular scenery this village has much to offer the visitor. The bay with its beautiful blue flag beech provides a centre for all types of water sports. Other, popular activities available in this area include horse-riding, golfing and hillwalking.


With activities for all ages, Caherdaniel is a perfect holiday destination. Children and teenagers are well catered for during the summer months with several summer camps operating in Caherdaniel and Castlecove. These camps provide a wide range of activities both indoor and outdoor that are fun, adventurous and educational.

Nearby this tiny village of Caherdaniel is Derrynane National Park, covering 300 acres of forest and includes Derrynane House, the residence of Irish patriot Daniel "The Liberator" O'Connell (1775 - 1847), who won Catholic representation in Parliament in 1829. This well-preserved house is now a heritage site; filled with the personal belongings of the famous owner, the museum is open from late April to late November. The nature lover also has plenty to explore from natural rock pools, sandy coves, and migratory birds, to the diverse landscape offering both gentle strolls and hiking trails.

The Kerry Way walking route tracks through the park and north of the village, with an optional route that includes a 1.5km of spectacular coastline route. You will undoubtedly be lured to explore the beautiful beach and the old Abbey which are situated on Derrynane Bay. Swimming, diving, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, water-skiing, and of course, sailing are available in the safe enclosed harbour. The equally beautiful, White Strand beech is just 1.5km from Caherdaniel.

On the slopes of Mount Tullig, about half a mile west of the Caherdaniel village, lies the fine stone fort of Caher (c600B.C) this is where Caherdaniel gets its name, the fort is in excellent repair. Particularly noteworthy are its dry-stone walls. Looking west from the Caherdaniel fort, you can glimpse the Skellig islands on the horizon. A short drive east of the village is the more familiar Staigue Fort, the largest pre-Christian, circular stone fort in Ireland overlooking the sea. Built for defensive purposes this fort is over 2,000 years old, its wall is 5.5m (18ft) high and 4m (13ft) thick, surrounding an area of 27.4m (90ft) in diameter.

Just 10km north of Caherdaniel is the coastal town of Waterville, with its shops, restaurants, pubs and entertainment, also hosts the annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival.

During the summer months Bus Eireann run two buses a day from Killarney bus station to Caherdaniel, a journey of just one hour 25minutes. The rest of the year they provide a once daily (weekdays only) service to Waterville where private transport can carry you the 10km onward to Caherdaniel. If you are looking for holiday that combines the great outdoors with heritage and history than Caherdaniel is the perfect choice for you.

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