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Nestled on the Ring of Kerry in south Kerry, Glenbeigh is a picturesque little village beloved by local holiday-makers. Much of the attraction is the golden beach at Rossbeigh, which has been drawing the Kerry bucket-and-spade brigade for years. Look beyond the waves, however, and you’ll find there is a lot more to Glenbeigh.
Drive through Glenbeigh village and take a brief detour from the Ring of Kerry route to find yourself facing 8km of fine sand, framed by layers of flat, sandstone rocks and backed by towering dunes. The Blue Flag beach is patrolled by lifeguards in summer and is ideal for a family day out. Walk a loop taking in the back strand and keeping an eye out for the abundant wildlife in this Special Area of Conservation.
Hang gliding has really taken off in Glenbeigh. Drive to the top of Rossbeigh mountain in a 4x4 and you will find the perfect launch platform. With prevailing sea winds from the west, north-west, and north, novices will enjoy a great introduction to the sport. More experienced hang gliders will appreciate a mountain ridge extending 27 km, which allows for longer glides and an even more spectacular range of scenery.
With an approved horse trekking centre between Glenbeigh village and the beach at Rossbeigh, you can fulfill that secret ambition to gallop through the surf. Burke's Trekking Centre accommodates riders of all abilities, with rides for everyone from toddlers to their nervous parents. Canter along the sand, trek the mountains, or enjoy a gentle walk along quiet country roads on rides ranging from an hour to a day.
The area around Glenbeigh is ideal for walkers of all abilities, with Rossbeigh beach for leisurely strolls and the surrounding mountains perfect for more challenging hikes. On the left side of the road between the village and the strand, you’ll find a small parking area where you can leave your car and walk all or part of the Glenbeigh Horseshoe - a section of the 200km Kerry Way that takes in a loop of peaks from Seefin to Drung Hill.
You won’t get a more idyllic setting for your game than Dooks Golf Club. Situated 5km from Glenbeigh, the course nestles in an enchanting setting in the corner of Dingle Bay and is one of Ireland’s oldest golf clubs. First established in 1889, the course was comprehensively overhauled in 2002 by acclaimed architect Martin Hawtree and now takes its place among the country’s leading links courses.
Glenbeigh is one of those rare places where a range of habitats is concentrated in a small area - encompassing everything from forests, rivers, and uplands to marshes, an estuary, and the coast. This makes it an absolute paradise for bird watchers. Bring your binoculars to spot the range of birds that overwinter here, as well as migrating birds that stop en route to their final destination. Glenbeigh is also a good base for further bird-watching expeditions to the Dingle Peninsula, the Blasket Islands, the Iveragh Peninsula, and the Skelligs.
Discover how Irish people lived in the late 18th and early 19th century at the award-winning Kerry Bog Village, 5 km from Glenbeigh. The only one of its kind in Europe, the bog village is meticulously designed to replicate the dwellings of the early 1800s. It is also home to rare Kerry Bog Ponies and iconic Irish wolfhounds. After your tour, enjoy refreshments at the adjacent Red Fox Inn bar and restaurant.
The Glenbeigh Races were first held on Rossbeigh Strand in 1924, but after the organisers were fined a massive £80 (later reduced to £20) for their failure to acquire a permit for the event, enthusiasm for racing on the beach waned, and it was not until 1957 that a second race was held. Today, the two-day meeting is one of the most significant events on the horse and pony racing calendar, with the races marking the centrepiece of an August weekend of family entertainment.
Coomasaharn is a historic wonder tucked away in the south-west of Glenbeigh parish. It is home to one of the greatest collections of rock art in Western Europe, and, from more recent times, a mass rock bears witness to the the Penal Times of the 1600s, when Catholics were forbidden from celebrating and attending mass. Lake Coomasaharn is a habitat for Coomasaharn char, a species of fish found nowhere else on Earth.
2.6km from Glenbeigh
This group of family-friendly, modern cottages offers spectacular views of Rossbeigh Beach and Dingle Bay.
Each cottage is within 200 metres of more than 6 km of golden sandy beaches. Features include open-plan living room, dining room, and fully-equipped kitchen with microwave. High chairs, cots, and babysitting on request.
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3.8km from Glenbeigh
Stay at a family-friendly property on the Ring of Kerry with unrestricted panoramic views of Dingle Bay and Rossbeigh Beach. Features of the compact holiday home include a private garden, where guests can relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery. Ample car parking is also available. The premises has 3 ground floor bedrooms and an open fire.
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4.9km from Glenbeigh
Set in spectacular countryside with views of the Magillycuddy Reeks and a nearby lake, this 4-star property is just 8 km from the bustling town of Killorglin in County Kerry.
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1.1km from Glenbeigh
Welcome to a quaint holiday home near the picturesque village of Glenbeigh in County Kerry. This two-bedroom apartment overlooks the River Behy and is close to the golden sands of Rossbeigh Beach.
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4km from Glenbeigh
This attractive, newly-built four-bedroom cottage enjoys a prestigious location adjoining Dooks Golf Course, with access to Dooks beach. The property is situated just off the famous Ring of Kerry and enjoys spectacular panoramic views of the McGillicuddy Reeks.
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0.2km from Glenbeigh
This attractive new development of five terraced self catering houses is located in the village of Glenbeigh, County Kerry, overlooking Seefin Mountain to the front and Rossbeigh Beach to the rear. The self catering properties are elegantly furnished with solid wood flooring throughout. Each holiday home has three bedrooms with an ensuite master bedroom.
1.4km from Glenbeigh
This luxury house in the charming village of Glenbeigh on the Ring of Kerry offers stunning views of Wynn’s castle and Rossbeigh beach. Privately owned, the house has been built and finished to the highest of standards. It is within easy walking distance of the village, shops, and all local amenities.
0km from Glenbeigh
Stay at a luxurious development of 4-star semi-detached properties in the heart of Glenbeigh, one of County Kerry’s most picturesque villages.
Each three-bedroom holiday rental offers luxury accommodation and can sleep up to five people.
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