Very good friendly and pleasantS S S S S Corneilius And Ella Horgan - United Kingdom (July, 2015)
We had a very pleasant stay here. The owners made us feel very welcome and provided us with tea and coffee on arrival and left us to watch a movie in the lounge that night. The dogs are friendly and a...
We had a wonderful brief stay here on our trip around Ireland. The location was just lovely send when we left in the morning we were suggested to go and have a look at the castle and it was the best c...
Castle View was my favorite B&B! The views were outstanding, our room was lovely, and Pat and Garrett were delightful hosts. We ate dinner with them as well - delicious - and it was very convenient n...
Lovely location. Good for walks & birdlife. Very friendly welcome
This was the perfect place for our first night in Ireland. Beautiful. The food was delicious and filling! Breakfast was wonderful. The hosts were delightful as well as helpful. We loved exploring the ...
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Very good friendly and pleasantS S S S S Corneilius And Ella Horgan - United Kingdom (July, 2015)
This was the perfect place for our first night in Ireland. Beautiful. The food was delicious and filling! Breakfast was wonderful. The hosts were delightful as well as helpful. We loved exploring the nearby castle and chapel. Great food, great history, great walks on the beach, adorable dogs, great company! I cannot think of a better way to have started the first day of our adventure in Ireland!S S S S S Margaret And Gideon - United States (July, 2015)
We had a wonderful brief stay here on our trip around Ireland. The location was just lovely send when we left in the morning we were suggested to go and have a look at the castle and it was the best castle to go through and explore. The breakfast the next morning was also wonderfulS S S S S Chris - Australia (July, 2015)
Castle View was my favorite B&B! The views were outstanding, our room was lovely, and Pat and Garrett were delightful hosts. We ate dinner with them as well - delicious - and it was very convenient not to have to go back out to find a place to dine.We toured the castle, took lots of pics both from the B&B and the tower, and enjoyed our stay immensely.S S S S S Linda - United States (July, 2015)
Lovely location. Good for walks & birdlife. Very friendly welcomeS S S S S Keith Mason - United Kingdom (July, 2015)
I had a pleasant stay and was very well looked after. The food was excellent and I was made to feel very welcome. Would recommend to friends and family.S S S S S Joan Lakeland - United Kingdom (May, 2015)
Great location with views of Carrigafoyle Castle and the water even from our room. Wonderful walks around the area with good bird watching. Quiet place - except for thumping music going on until 10pm the one night we stayed. Minor issue with plumbing...toilet was slow fill. Hosts were friendly and helpful.S S S S S Patsy & Tim - United States (November, 2014)
The Castle View House lies in a very picturesque location, where you can really feel the tides, climb an old castle tower, walk around an island. Still, these are Patricia and Garrett who make the stay absolutely extraordinary. We were welcomed with a tea with delicious raw milk!, which was later followed by a freshly prepared pie. Briefly, we really felt like home and definitely will come back!S S S S S Anna & Grzegorz - Poland (September, 2014)
Chambre familiale un peu vieillotte et peu de pression dans la douche… Mais accueil chaleureux et petit déjeuné bon et copieux . L’endroit est très calme et superbe vue sur le château.S S S S S Lionel Seraud - France (September, 2014)
Excellent b&b Lovely evening meal, which was an unexpected bonus. Beautiful views. Splendid hosts.S S S S S Chris Belton - United Kingdom (September, 2014)
Dolphins - The Shannon Seafari, Kilrush
The two and a half hour ecocruise sails daily from Kilrush Marina onto one of Irelands most beautiful, unspoilt waterways, the Shannon Estuary. The estuary is home to Ireland's only known resident population of bottlenose dolphins, with over 100 individual dolphins having been identified at different times in the estuary. The dolphins are curious, playful and unpredictable animals, whose charming antics are bound to amaze and delight you. The boat also carries a hydrophone on board, through which you can hear the dolphins communicate, allowing you to enter their underwater acoustic world.
Ballybunion Golf Courses
An American golfing aficionado thought so much of Ballybunion Golf Club that on his deathbed he ordered his body to be flown from Los Angeles for burial in the graveyard beside the first tee at the famous Old Course. That last request underlines the captivating spell cast over all those blessed with the fulfilment of having made the pilgrimage to one of the world's greatest links.
The legendary Majors champion Tom Watson, and the renowned course architect Robert Trent Jones are prominent among the many admirers. "Playing Ballybunion is similar in many respects to playing Cypress Point in America and I like that style of golf," says Watson. 'There appears to be no man-made influences and Ballybunion is a course on which many golf architects should live and play before they build golf courses,' adds the giant of golf, who many times practised at his most-loved Irish course before winning some of his five British Open titles.
It was also love at first sight for Trent Jones, the doyen of modern-day designers. 'This is the most natural golf course terrain I have encountered ... I will build you a great course, one of my best,' he exclaimed, thus was born the Cashen course. With possibly a more dramatic setting than its older brother and bigger dunes and carries required to round this course near par, it is a fitting companion to one of the world's leading courses. The upshot is that Ballybunion today is now a world-renowned golf complex of 36 of the finest links land holes you will encounter in any one place.
Angling at Carrig Island
Situated at Europe's westernmost extremity, Ireland is widely regarded as the last unspoilt fishing location in Europe. Carrig Island is situated on Irelands Shannon region which is an undiscovered paradise for sea, course and game anglers. Because the region benefits from the warm water offshoot of the gulf stream the waters around the coast provide a great variety of fish from both the cold and warm water regions of the Atlantic.
There are many different species of fish to be caught off Carrig Island. Bass, Mullet, Flounder, Thornback Ray, Bull Huss and Dogfish are amongst these. Fishing is good at all stages of the tide and is all year round. Fresh live bait can be obtained locally.
For the visitor to this area, the cycle trails offer not only invigorating exercise, but also an opportunity to see and enjoy the countryside. By travelling along the roads and lanes the cyclist will be close to a vibrant farming community set against a backdrop of very splendid hill, cliff and ocean scenery. There are little villages to stop at and countless artefacts that tell the story of Kerry's ancient days. There are four trails set out ranging from 12km to 30km. All routes start at Gregans Corner, opposite the Golf Hotel, Ballybunion.
Aghavallen Church has a interesting story. It dates back to the 14th century With the reformation, it became a Protestant church and remained so until 1840 when it was abandoned for a new church built nearby, where Lord Kitchener was baptised in 1850. This church no longer exists. The cemetery holds the tombs of many of the landlord families of the area.
Carrigafoyle Castle, just two miles from Ballylongford, a tower built in 1490 by Conor Liath O'Connor Kerry. It is in unusually good condition. It is built of thin pieces of limestone, used almost as bricks. There are some attractive windows and archways. This is a very fine example of 15th Century Building. The illustration in Pacata Hiberna shows the unique features of this castle. The castle was strongly built and ingeniously situated. The wide spiral staircase of 104 steps leads to the battlements and in presentation and size it rivals Blarney Castle. It rises to 26.4 meters and gives an impression of great strength. The view from the tower is extensive. In the forefront Carrig Island and Scattery Island can be seen across the broad estuary of the Shannon.
Carrigafoyle Castle was the main stronghold of the O'Connor Kerry, the principal chieftain of the barony named after him. For 400 years they were an important part of the ever changing political and military jigsaw of those times. from here O'Connor Kerry was able to intercept ships going up the Shannon to Limerick, board them and take a part of their cargo. This practice continued until the middle of the 16th Century. In the Desmond wars, in 1580, the castle came under fire from naval artillery on land and sea, under the command of Sir William Pelham. Following a two day siege the castle was breached and taken on Palm Sunday 1580. All the occupants, comprising nineteen Spanish and fifty Irish were massacred.
Opposite the castle is the medieval Church of Carrigafoyle which is in the same style as the castle. Carrigafoyle Castle is one of our finest National Monuments.
Carrigafoyle Church was built in the 15th century for the inhabitants of the nearby castle. It was built on the site of an earlier church of St. Elton. The canons that were used in the attack on the castle were positioned in this area.
Carrig Island provides a sheltering arm for Carrigafoyle Castle. Little is known or remains of a building known as "the Old Abbey", i.e. predating Lislaughtin Abbey. Surrounding these remains and visible in the contours of the field is a circular ring associated with old ecclesiastical enclosures. Nearby are sites of ancient cooking sites, dating back to 1000 B.C.
Lislaughtin Abbey was twice engulfed in unholy violence during the turbulent 16th century. When Cromwellian forces moved through this area in 1580, it was the death-knell of this beautiful Franciscan Abbey as a place of worship. The Abbey was built by John O'Connor, powerful chief of Carrigafoyle in 1470. Two of the O'Connor chiefs are buried within its walls. The fine East window remains intact. The beautiful Lislaughtin Cross is now in the National Museum.
Kilnaughtin Church, built in the 14th century, was the ancient parish church of Tarbert.
At Scattery Island two miles out in the Shannon can be seen the remains of seven small churches. It is a 6th century foundation of St. Senan. A 90 foot high round tower, dating back to 1200 A.D. is clearly visible from Carrig Island.
Directions: From Killarney, Dingle and Tralee : take the N69 route to Listowel. From Listowel take the R552 to Ballylongford. We are signposted from Ballylongford. From Limerick : take the N69 coast road passing Foynes, Glin, Tarbert to Ballylongford. Close to the Tarbert - Killimer Car Ferry and the World Famous Ballybunion Golf Courses. Shannon Airport 50 miles, Cliffs of Moher 40 miles via Car Ferry.
Local Amenities include scenic walks, cycling trails, bird sanctuary, Dolphin watching, excellent angling and historic buildings.