Walk, fish, relax, play golf, explore, swim, canoe & generally have fun, do whatever you want to do


Both fresh water and sea water fishing are on your doorstep, you may fish for Trout with a local permit, the nearest being on Lough Fadda a few miles away, or try your hand at Salmon fishing in Sneem, Kenmare, Killarney or Waterville.

Sea fishing is excellent. You may fish off Oysterbed Quay for Bass, or out in the bay for Mackerel, Pollock, Coalfish, Bass, Whiting, Mullet, Conger, Plaice, Rays, and Codling; and the rocks are teeming with succulent mussels hiding under their camouflage of seaweed, or ask locally and go deep sea fishing for Shark, Tope, Skate and Ray.



Golf Courses

Golfers Paradise is here, as you may play by prior arrangement at Parknasilla, a short walk away, or further afield you can try the new and spectacular Ring of Kerry course on the way in to Kenmare.

In Kenmare there are two further courses, and in Killarney you may play on two 18 hole courses as well as the 18 hole course in Waterville.




Some of our favourite walks are within the grounds of the Parknasilla Hotel. Pop in and introduce yourselves and ask for a map of the walks. We love them all but perhaps if you can only do one, then choose the Islands walk – it’s mainly on the flat and would take about an hour and a half.

You could also talk to Tom about joining one of his guided walks of the Kerry way, these are really good fun and most interesting. May I respectfully suggest that if using the hotel’s grounds and facilities that you spend a little money behind the bar or in the lounge for a lunchtime snack.

You can also use the many footpaths and walks in the area, try stretches of the old Kerry Way, or use some of the butter roads (named after the early routes used to transport Kerry butter to Cork by horse) try the butter route from Askive above Parknasilla and over to Sneem, it’s a wonderful walk and the views are to die for, try it early in the morning finishing in Sneem with a full Irish breakfast at the Village Kitchen, heaven.



Carry on around the “Ring” and you will come to Derrynane which has two wonderful beaches of wide golden sand. A great area for swimming, and why not try your hand at scuba diving at the local dive school?

Derrynane also is the home of Daniel O’Connell the Irish liberator, and a visit to his house is a must.




Horse Riding


Is well catered for, especially for beginners, and a good place to start is at Parknasilla Hotel, they have their own stables and trekking can be arranged through the concierge.

Another good place to try your hand would be at Dromquinna stables, a few miles on the Sneem side of Kenmare.





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