10 Things to Do in Lauragh That You Shouldn't Miss

August 9, 2017 Lashaunda Abraham

Discover the best top things to do in Lauragh, Ireland including Healy Pass, Kenmare Bay Diving, Blueberry Hill Farm, Uragh Stone Circle, Beara Way, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Ring of Kerry Golf Club, Maccarthy's Bar, Gleninchaquin, Kerry Experience Tours.
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1. Healy Pass

Adrigole, Ireland +353 27 50299
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5 based on 191 reviews

Healy Pass

Reviewed By KP2828 - New York City, New York

We drove from Kinsale to Killarney and decided to take the scenic route around the Beara Peninsula and Healy's Pass on a Saturday morning. I couldn't believe we only saw 3 cars on this narrow, winding road with areas to pull over if another vehicle came round. The view was absolutely stunning. The weather was upper 50's (14c or so) and mild. Plenty of sheep grazing along the way. I've driven on the Ring of Kerry before but I truly believe the Beara Peninsula and Healy's Pass is more spectacular and not as touristy as the Ring. My GPS took us on Clooney's road which was literally a 1 lane road driven on by the people who lived on it. Healy's has plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery including the sheep, rock formations, Waterfalls and greenery. Simply a lovely place to enjoy the Irish scenery.

2. Kenmare Bay Diving

Kenmare | Bunaw Pier, Kilmackillogue harbour, Lauragh, Ireland
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5 based on 22 reviews

Kenmare Bay Diving

Kenmare Bay Diving offers scuba diving experiences from qualified divers to complete beginners. The dynamic 'Try A Dive' programme totally engages with all age groups. The 3 hour long 'Try a Dive' programme is run on a daily basis and during the summer months is hugely popular and therefore pre- booking is essential. You will begin with a short concise diving theory lesson, thereafter you will be whisked away to an offshore Island by speedboat. At the island the boat will anchor in an enclosed sheltered Lagoon where you will have your first shallow water dive. You will be accompanied by an instructor for the duration of the dive, during which time you will see an assortment of underwater life. It is a highly recommended activity and certainly boosts ego and esteem and gives a tremendous feeling of accomplishment. For qualified divers, there a boat trips to reefs, wrecks, pinnacles, drift dives and offshore Islands. Kenmare Bay is host to an array of marine life ranging from dolphins and whales to lobster, crayfish, dogfish, mackerel, pollack, conger eel, wrasse, pipe fish, urchins, sponges and soft corals. For non divers, who wish to just take in the beautiful sea views, life jackets are available for hire and Snorkling trips are also very popular. Snorkling equipment hire including wet suits are available from the dive centre. Guided snorking trips can also be arranged. The Dive Centre itself is situated in the beautiful Harbour of Killmackilogue and works alongside the harbour inn 'Teddys' which provides accomodation and delicious meals. A truly unique experience in a beautiful setting.

Reviewed By clodagh c

Paul explained everything really clearly and in a most down to earth way. He put my 2 boys at the ease so that their first experience of scuba diving was a great experience. While in the water Paul was very attentive to both, ensuring their safety and their enjoyment at all time. They saw lots of sea life and seals. Also for the boat journey his local knowledge of the area, wildlife and marine life is extensive and very interesting. Both boys aged 16 and 12 thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Many thanks Paul.

3. Blueberry Hill Farm

Killarney Road, Sneem, Ireland +353 87 364 7371
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5 based on 185 reviews

Blueberry Hill Farm

Reviewed By Caroline K

Highly recommend it. Bring wellies/rain boots if you have them. They will provide them but it's hard to get your size and sometimes they are wet -ugh!!
But, what a fantastic day from start to finish. The owners are lovely and great with children. Lots of hands on interaction with animals from feeding pigs, milking a cow, collecting eggs to finally learning how milk is separated from the cream, which we turned into butter. The kids baked scones with the eggs they collected and while the scones were in the oven we were bought to make candles. After that we returned to the kitchen to a lovely table set with our freshly baked scones, our home made butter and jam, served with tea & coffee.
Everything is very well done and great for kids to learn that our food doesn't just come from a carton at the store. Great life experience for all kids, city kids especially.

4. Uragh Stone Circle

Gleninchaquin Park, Tuosist, Ireland
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Uragh Stone Circle

Reviewed By josiebyrne - Enniscorthy Ireland

Uragh Stone Circle is amazing especially on a sunny evening. The price is now €4 per person and welll worth it as the farmer has gone to a lot of trouble to make the area really pretty with a wooden bridge over the river and lovely paths plus great parking. There is also a walk up to a famine house which is quite emotional to see, then there is another good 15 minute walk up a steep path to see burial stone in the middle of standing Stones!
Thank you farmer for making these amazing sites accessible to us all.

5. Beara Way

Beara Peninsula, Glengarriff, Ireland
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5 based on 167 reviews

Beara Way

Reviewed By nowpacking - Dallas, Texas

Driving the Beara Way was one of the highlights of our trip to Ireland! Avoiding the massive crowds we saw elsewhere on popular routes, we first stopped in the local grocery store which was stocked with so many take away choices! The best of homemade breads, cheeses, deli meats, fruits, so many yummy sweets to choose from that we had an amazing picnic lunch to enjoy at our choice of scenic pullovers! Wish we would have had all day but we were thankful for a beautiful sunny afternoon - the water shimmered, the fields were so green and dotted with sheep and the villages along the way were quite charming! The drive was quaint, stunning and worthy of lots of photography!

6. Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm

Glengarriff Rd | Releigh, Bonane, Kenmare, Ireland +353 64 664 0714
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4.5 based on 737 reviews

Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm

Molly Gallivan’s cottage and traditional farm invites you to take a step back in time to experience the simple country lifestyle in rural Ireland before the days of electricity and modern conveniences. Molly’s enchanting cottage is over 200 years old and her farm is complete with animals, fowl and traditional farm machinery. Molly’s old Tea Shop is very unique in Ireland, here you will taste locally made foods cooked and baked in the traditional fashion. We also hold traditional Irish evenings at Molly Gallivan’s cottage, these are nights of Irish food, music, song, dance and story telling, re-enacting the old customs that took place in Irish homes. Advanced booking is required for our Traditional Irish Evenings please contact us for availability and prices.

Reviewed By Joanne H

Had a tour of Molly's farm with a garden,donkey,pigs,chickens and grain.The original house,farm buildings still standing.Had an Irish Stew with bread made with soda and Apple crisp for desert.The wool for sweaters where beautiful..merino I think.The man and his wife were amazing and also had some moonshine.

7. Ring of Kerry Golf Club

Templenoe, Kenmare, Ireland +353 64 664 2000
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4.5 based on 64 reviews

Ring of Kerry Golf Club

One of the late Eddie Hackett's last design projects, the Ring of Kerry Golf Club is without doubt the most spectacular heathland golf course in Ireland. Overlooking beautiful Kenmare Bay, the golf course nestles between the towering MacGillycuddy Reeks and the Caha Mountains. Majesty alone of course does not make a great golf course. The scenery helps but it's the layout, stiff challenge and excellent greens that make Ring of Kerry Golf Club one of the finest golf courses in Ireland.

Reviewed By John L - Milan

Was back in May with a largely different group and it's got better! James and the team were as welcoming as ever and have made more improvements to the course and refurbished the restaurant and bar. So much so that I'll be back in July. Just love it!

8. Maccarthy's Bar

The Square, Castletownbere, Ireland +353 27 70014
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

Maccarthy's Bar

Reviewed By Seamus K

Called in while on a break to Castletownbere and the regular Friday night ballad / folk singer started up with guitar etc and he got everyone singing along with him and playing requests it was a fantastic night and would recommend it to anyone looking for a friendly atmosphere on any night of year but definately on a Friday night

Tuosist, Kenmare, Ireland +353 64 662 3200
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4.5 based on 528 reviews

Gleninchaquin

Small business. We also have a passion for nature, the countryside and conservation. We embrace both business & tourism in an effort to make your experience of Ireland a memorable one. We are a private park, we maintain everything at our own expense which is why we make a small charge on entry. There is much of Kerry that is inaccessible, our park offers access through well maintained paths together with facilities as you may expect at any attraction, washrooms, wheelchair access and much more. All of this takes funds to maintain and to enhance your experience here on Beara. We do however take exception to people who flout our not unreasonable requests such as not paying and arriving assuming they can drive straight in, ignoring our signage. If this is your attitude then you are not at all welcome and will be politely but firmly told to leave. B McCabe.

Reviewed By jbrover - Alicante, Spain

After an 8km drive on a narrow winding (donkey and cart) road with spectacular views, water, plantation, etc. we arrived at the parking lot of the reception area. Whilst we arrived with a blue/sunny sky half way on our 1st trail the heavens opened and we got quite soaked. Nevertheless, we were able to complete 1-1/2 trails prior to seeking refuge in the small tea room for a nice hot cup of coffee to warm up. Unfortunately, we were not equipped with the appropriate foot-wear (trainers) to continue on the other more challenging trails. Would highly recommend heavy duty wellies and/or trekking boots. The whole area is absolutely spectacular but, in my opinion, best enjoyed on a dry and sunny day to be able to utilize the picnic spots et al.

10. Kerry Experience Tours

Sneem 0000, Ireland +353 86 255 4098
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Kerry Experience Tours

Private Sightseeing Tours

Reviewed By SharonPartenFowler - San Antonio, Texas

This summer, Ester and Gerrit of Kerry Experience Tours arranged for me to have a lovely and magical journey of a lifetime through the Ring of Kerry and Skellig Ring. Wonderfully caring, Ester took incredibly kind care of me, from the moment I stepped off the bus in Killarney until the last moment of my time in the Ring of Kerry. Throughout that day, Ester shared her deep - and deeply infectious - love of Ireland with me. With her as my wonderful guide, I climbed through the romantic ruins of a castle - after a local shepherd had placed his own lamb into my arms (!) as we were about to enter the castle grounds. We bought freshly-woven St. Brigid's crosses at a roadside stand; explored an ancient ring fort; scrambled over scenic rock-covered Beaches on the Wild Atlantic Way; shared a delicious picnic lunch while looking down at dramatic cliffs which plunged into crashing waves at the edge of the gorgeous blue sea; rode through quaint villages; and - on our way back - paused to gaze out, in farewell, at the beautiful "Ladies' View", where Queen Victoria and her ladies-in-waiting were said to have enjoyed the dramatic view in 1861. I fell in love with Ireland that day, and continue to look back very fondly on all of our adventures that day. But most endearing of all was the magnanimous Ester herself, who was lovely in every way: both a consummate guide and a delightful companion. It was truly a magical day for me, for which I will always be grateful to Ester, and to Gerrit and Kerry Experience Tours for making it possible. I would highly recommend Kerry Experience Tours to anyone who is ready for a magical adventure in Ireland, in unparalleled company.

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