This sunning view is from Lohar mountain showing the road that leads to Caherdaniel - photo Mike Curran

View from Lohar – credit Mike Curran

Caherdaniel (Irish: Cathair Dónall, meaning “Dónall’s stone ring-fort”). Caherdaniel is the parish name for a huge area and so some of it is in the KerryIDSR Core and Buffer Zone One mile from Caherdaniel you have Derrynane Beach where you can explore one of 4 Beaches and an old Abbey, and also visit Derrynane House & Gardens. The above photo shows the ribbon of road running through Coomachoiste. This view is just one example of the panoramic sights one can enjoy while walking the Kerry Way route.

STARGAZING: Due to the orangey glow of the public street lights Derrynane village is situated in the Buffer Zone. The area either side of the village is a splendor of KerryIDSR Dark-Sky viewing points making this region one of the main KerryIDSR epicenters for all stargazing and astronomy activities. Download the KerryIDSR tourist PDF map here



Wedge Tomb, Coomachoiste - Julie Ormonde

Wedge Tomb at Coomachoiste, Caherdaniel – credit J. Ormonde

Wedge Tomb at Coomachoiste, Caherdaniel – Core Zone of the Reserve. Follow the ‘Kerry Way’ walk across from the old road and you will come upon this wonderful view.

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Children exploring derrynane gardens - photo Julie Ormonde

Children exploring Derrynane gardens – photo Julie Ormonde

Children are free to explore and wonder in the Derrynane Gardens. In this age of high technology it is a delight to see children re-discover the simple art of playing….priceless!


Staigue fort, caherdaniel

Staigue fort – credit Michael Sheehan

Staigue Fort is one of the largest and finest ring forts you are likely to see in Ireland. It stands on a low hill in an amphitheater of rugged hills open to the sea on the south. The wall is up to 5.5m (18ft) high and 4m (13ft) thick, surrounding a circular area of 27.4m (90ft) in diameter. Inside the wall are two small chambers about 2.1m (7ft) high, oval in shape and waterproof, with a corbelled roof.  Some of the South Kerry Astronomy Group members love to come here to star gaze on clear moonless nights believing this to be a perfect example of a natural roofless planetarium. Near to the fort are many pre-historic standing stones and rock art pieces large and small.

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