If you are going to the Iveragh Peninsula, I recommend you stay in Cahersiveen Town. You can plan your excursions from there because it is centrally located.
There is a good local tour guide called Muiris from Iveragh Historical Tours. If you are not staying in Caherciveen they will pick you up at Killarney, or Tralee and bring you down for the day. Visit their website here.
Old Cahersiveen Barracks
Built by the English in the 19th Century it was home to the Royal Irish Constabulary. This is a lovely building. It is like it was built for Walt Disney. It is steeped in history and was destroyed by fire in 1922. Now it has been beautifully restored. Visit my Cahersiveen Barracks web page here.
Skellig Six 18 Distillery
They offer informative distillery tours where you can learn about the delicate process of making Skellig Six 18’s famous Artisan Pot Still Gin, as well as tasting sessions where you can try a variety of gins and whiskeys. Visit my Skellig Six 18 web page here.
Cahersiveen Ring Forts
See what the Bronze Age people lived in. There are two of them just 3 km from Cahersiveen Town. They are beautifully constructed forts. Visit my Cahersiveen Ring Forts here.
This has been neglected but, in its heyday, it was a beautiful Castle. It has been connected to the ring forts by a local legend. It was the biggest castle on the Iveragh Peninsula. Situated on the Fertha River it can be seen for miles around. Visit my web page on Ballycarbery Castle here.
Cahersiveen is right beside the sea. You can do deep-sea or freshwater fishing. So, if you are only just a beginner or you are a seasonal fisher, there is something for you to do here. Visit my fishing web page here.
Places to eat in Cahersiveen
There are many good restaurants to eat at in Cahersiveen. They have lovely food and are not expensive. They cater to most pallets. Some restaurants are so busy that you have to book in advance. See my web page where to eat in Caherciveen.
Places to drink in Cahersiveen
Now in the 1970’s do you know how many places that you could drink in Cahersiveen? 52. So you could go to a different pub every week. Every pub back then had a counter, where you can get a drink, at one side of the room and the other side was a shop.
Some pubs sold groceries; some pubs sold hardware etc. I used to go up to the Anchor Bar to get my fishing tackle. Now there are fewer pubs but they always have a good crack.
If you are looking for a fun day out I highly recommend visiting Skellig Michael. You won’t be disappointed. Even Star Wars was filmed there such as the beauty of the island. Visit my Skellig Michael web page here.
You can get the ferry to Valentia Island. The ferry (April – October) will bring you over to a quaint little village called Knightstown. You can also go by road to Valentia crossing by the bridge at Portmagee Village. Check out my web page on Valentia here.
The First Transatlantic Cable
The first transatlantic cable was from Valentia Island to Newfoundland. Even though they could send messages through the cable at first it took half the day to read the message. Queen Victoria was the first person to send a message. Visit my first transatlantic cable web page here.
Valentia produces good-quality slates throughout the 19th century. Because it was so good it was exported to use in famous buildings around England and France. Visit my Valentia Slate web page here.