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Adventure Sports In County Kerry

Here's just a selection of adventure sports that County Kerry has to offer.

Star Sailing And Adventure Centre…

What better way to explore the beauty of County of Kerry in peaceful surroundings than taking to the waters and sailing? You can explore the cliffs and mountains of the Kerry coastline sheltered by its stunning harbours and bustling little towns. Star Sailing and Adventure Centre, located in the picture postcard town of Kenmare, was established in 2004 and offers the very best in outdoor activities. Choose sailing, canoeing, sea kayaking, hill-walking and golf.

Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre…

Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre is located in the hills above the town of Killorglin, home of the annual Puck Fair Festival. This is a renowned adventure centre that offers an abundance of activities from rock-climbing to windsurfing, canoeing to sailing, hill walking to orienteering, fishing and more. Experienced instructors are on hand to guide you through the activities and fun. Our advice is to book well in advance as it's usually fairly busy.

Nathan Kingerlee Outdoor Training…

Nathan Kingerlee is a highly experienced and qualified instructor that offers mountain skills, hill walking, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing and team building courses. Nathan and his team provide quality outdoor adventure and training in the steep and rocky area of County Kerry. He's based in Cromane, just outside Killorglin.

Burkes Horse Trekking Centre…

Operating since 2000 Burkes Horse Trekking is already very well established as a top horse trekking centre. Located in the quiet little village of Glenbeigh, surrounded by a large wooded area and home to the spectacular sandy beech Rossbeigh, Burkes certainly have an incredible platform to conduct horse trekking. Spanning over 7 miles long with unspoilt views, with the crashing waves and the Dingle Peninsula looking on, this wonderful setting really adds to this trekking adventure.

Go Ireland Activity Holidays…

Based in Killorglin, Go Ireland has over 14 years of experience and specialise in unique walking, hiking tours and biking holidays in Ireland. Other activities catered for are as follows, fishing, golf, equestrian, yoga, private tours and 'Ireland Multi-Activity Adventure Tours'..

Ballyloughran Centre…

Located North West of Listowel is the quaint village of Lisselton. Here you'll find Ballyloughran Leisure complex is based. The centre includes a swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and a gymnasium. There are also some outdoor activities you can avail of from tennis to canoeing, crazy golf to pitch & putt and orienteering etc.

Valentia Island Sea Sports…

Offering first class facilities Valentia Island Sea Sports with Uhrenarmband is a must for those who wish to discover the depth and beauty of County Kerry. Discover the following sites: The Skelligs, Bray Head, Puffin Island, Oilean an Iasc, Douls Head, The Birds, The Wrecks and Valentia Harbour. They also organise boat cruises but all boat trips are weather dependant.

Laune Mountaineering Club…

This is one of the oldest walking clubs in County Kerry, established back in 1966. Based in Killorglin on the banks of the River Laune and nestled in the shadows of the highest mountain in Ireland, Carrantuohill. With such a platform this truly is a must for those interested in reaching new heights and wishing to explore the beauty of Kerry on foot. This walking club caters for everyone from moderate to the more experienced person and gathers every second Sunday to explore different routes.

The Top Golf Courses In County Kerry

Ballybunion Golf Links…

Ballybunion Golf Links is internationally famous and many legendary golfing figures have hailed it as one of the greatest golf courses in the world. As you arrive into the historic town of Ballybunion, you will immediately see the sweeping links golf course and the very name ‘Ballybunion’ is known by all golf enthusiasts.


Again, another world renowned golf course, Waterville, located on the Ring of Kerry, plays on an amazing platform surrounded by the sea. If you fancy escaping for a few rounds of golf where you can enjoy views of the unspoilt Kerry landscape then a visit to Waterville Golf Course is a must. This is a challenging golf course and is always well maintained so you can test yourself against the dunes of Waterville.

Tralee Golf Course…

Tralee, renowned for it’s annual festival ‘The Rose of Tralee’, is the largest town in County Kerry. Located in the northern half of County Kerry it's a bustling town which has seen great commercial development in recent years with quality shopping, tourist attractions and a vibrant nightlife scene.

As for Tralee Golf Course, it's located at Barrow Point, just 8 miles west of Tralee town. And the golf course itself has many scenic and picturesque holes with fine views of Mount Brandon and surrounding Peninsulas. All in all, a great course that is well worth a visit.

Killarney Golf and Fishing Club…

Located just 3 miles west of Killarney town centre, Killarney Golf and Fishing Club boasts a state of the art clubhouse on the lake from which you'll see the club's two main golf courses, Killeen and Mahony's Point. And you can expect to experience some of the most amazing views of Killarney's lakes and mountains as you golf your way around either course.

Killeen Golf Course has been the host of many major and minor championships which include the 1996 Curtis Cup matches between amateur teams from women in the USA and in Great Britain. Nick Faldo also graced Killeen Golf Club and won the 1991 and 1992 Irish Open.

Mahony's Point Golf Course is the shorter of the two courses and has an abundance of holes and vantage points on the lake.


Dooks Golf Club is situated just outside the town of Killorglin and is "one of the best kept secrets in Irish golf" according to Ronan Rafferty, Sky Sports and European Golfer of the Year,1989. The following titles were achieved by Dooks Golf Club:

Top 20 Courses: No. 16 Dooks.
10 most difficult courses: No. 6 Dooks.
10 best value courses: No. 1 Dooks.
Top 10 courses for welcome: No. 8 Dooks.

Need we say more? And we haven't even covered the superb coastal views that you'll find as you play across the dunes of Dooks!

Ring of Kerry Golf and County Club…

With spectacular scenery overlooking Kenmare Bay, The Ring of Kerry Golf course is yet another golfer's paradise. The Ring of Kerry Golf and Country Club has an 18 hole course and in recent years has managed to establish itself as a favourite among Irish PGA Professionals and many celebrities. The sport of fly fishing is a popular outdoor activity.  The best way to get started is with a book like Fly Fishing: The Lifetime Sport. This fly fishing guide is sold online, and the flyfishing website also includes discounts on fly fishing gear, flies, rods, reels, and more.  The book explains fly fishing, fly tying, finding streams, fly fishing etiquette, how to choose flies, casting, choosing a fly rod, and other fly fishing information -- the best fly fishing guide available.

Kenmare itself is a popular bustling little town with an abundance of restaurants, colourful pubs and attractive boutiques along with a whole host of outdoor activities and of course, the wonderful sport of golf!

Close To Heaven At Hastings Point

Hastings Point is ideal for a couple getaway, single's retreat, family break or fun trip away with friends. Basically anyone would love it! When we visited not long ago, it was like stumbling into an oasis of white untouched beaches, shallow waters, rock pools, pretty walks and fresh seafood. Excellent for a campervan holiday, or at least a few days stopover, start planning to visit this enticing coastal town.

Only half an hour from the Gold Coast and an extra hour from Brisbane, Hastings Point is accessible from all directions. Located on the northern coast of New South Wales, there are so many interesting towns in all directions if you want to take your time. Sandwiched between the Cabarita and Pottsville beaches, this is a great place to stop for a while.

The weather is moderate, with summer temperatures no higher than thirty degrees and winter down to seven if that. I only needed a light jumper for nights, with tee shirt, shorts and thongs are the most comfortable attire.

We stayed at the North Star Caravan Park, (freecall 1800 645 790) right on the ocean road and just a minute from the beach. There are many reasons why this place has been given five stars! It could be for the tennis court, huge swimming pools with waterslides, top quality restaurant or perhaps the heated floor tiles in the loo? My guess is the Neptune's Castle Kids Club, a gigantic indoor play area supervised daily so parents can get away and have some relaxing time together. Visitors come from far and wide as word has spread about the high standards of this park, and the surrounding natural attractions complete a wonderful holiday.

Fishing (off the rocks) here is great, plus there is a wide range of more energetic activities such as golf, swimming, snorkelling, surfing, canoeing, and plenty of walks in all directions. The beach is great in the morning, with seagulls overhead and dolphins occasionally spotted through the waves, so a morning or afternoon stroll is a must no matter how much you might want to laze the days away. Another place the family will love is the Cudgera Creek estuary, shallow enough for the kids to play in safely and a popular place to hire a kayak or enjoy some of the walking trails that lead to some of the surrounding towns.

Another must see are the majestic humpback whales, usually spotted between May to October on their long journey from Antarctica to the Great Barrier Reef. There is no guarantee you will see one close up, but if you pack a pair of binoculars or maybe join a whale watching tour you will more than likely come home with a story to tell.

There are a number of attractions within driving distance if you decide to stay on and enjoy longer day trips. Head to Coolangatta on the Queensland border, or down to Byron Bay which is just over thirty minutes to the south. Pretty Murwillumbah is further inland if you are in the mood for a country visit, and you might decide to visit one of the many theme parks on the Gold Coast. Currumbin Bird Sanctuary is always a great day out for the kids, and you will still be home in time for dinner.

Hastings Point has many drawcards, the scenic views, water activities and natural attractions all playing their part in bringing many visitors year after year. If you are looking for a peaceful and relaxing getaway, combined with lots of fun and attractions, you will enjoy a campervan holiday here. There's no better time than now to start planning your trip to this small slice of heaven.

Yamba - The Hidden Jewel Of New South Wales

Yamba is one of my favourite places to visit, and tucked away like a hidden jewel of northern New South Wales, it offers something for everyone with its blend of panoramic scenery and perfect weather. Word is spreading as more and more visitors search out the beaches, relaxing walks and fantastic fishing spots so common to this area. It's the ideal destination for a campervan holiday, with many great spots to stop for a while and perhaps set up home for a week or two.

Located at the top of the Clarence River, just north from Coffs Harbour or three hours south from Brisbane on the Pacific Highway, Yamba is still far enough away to keep its unique, relaxed atmosphere. There is so much to love about this destination, one of them being the view as you drive to the lookout of the beaches and jetty below. Easy to find, you just head to the end of the road, past the local shops, until you see the blue coastal waters stretching out to the horizon. There are plenty of grassy spots to set up a picnic and just enjoy the sea air while the kids stretch their legs. Then of course it's time to explore and head down the beach, jetty and rock pools.

This is the place to visit even if just for the incredible climate. Temperatures range from approximately 20 to 30 degrees in summer down to 10 to 20 in winter. Any time is a great time to come here, although in the summer months it is harder to find a place to stay so you will need to book early. Another plus is that you can swim in the beaches all year round.

There are eleven beautiful beaches to choose from, each with a diversity of its own. Turners Beach is great for the family, with rock pools, picnic tables, amenities and rock fishing. Whiting is protected so just as good although not patrolled. Main Beach is popular, with a huge salt water pool, picnic tables, café and patrolled beach ideal for the kids. My favourite is Convent beach, tucked away from view and a great location to set up for the day. There is great snorkelling here and plenty of rock pools to explore. Turners and Pippis are the only other patrolled beaches in Yamba, so always keen a close eye on the kids wherever you go.

Shelley Beach is a fantastic destination if you are looking for some adventure. Taking close to two hours walk along the coast you will need to pack well and bring your camera for the stunning views along the way. Bring your fishing rod or line as the fishing is great here. Surfers will love Angourie Point, with the rolling waves drawing pros and amateurs to test their skill in the breaking waters. It is also a beautiful place just to walk along the beach, enjoy the stunning views and numerous rock pools.

Whale watching is another popular attraction. The two most common whales are the Southern Right Whale and the popular Humpback, normally seen between August to September. Head to the Yamba Lighthouse and Angourie for a better chance to watch them on their journey along the coast.

The Yuraygir National Park is a few minutes drive away, with incredible vegetation and bushwalking available. There is abundant birdlife and wildlife here, and raw beauty unequalled in other coastal regions. Being on the world heritage list, this stunning national park makes up many of the beaches and lake systems unique to Yamba.

My choice of caravan park is the Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort, ideal for so many reasons. There is everything you need here, and more. It is the perfect base for the family, with an organised activity program, sites along the Clarence River, swimming lagoons, spa and toddler town. The list goes on. Once you are settled, you have the choice to go fishing, play tennis, hire a boat and explore the water ways, or head down to the beach to enjoy time with the family. In other words, it is the best environment to finally recharge those batteries and have some quality time with your favourite people. Powered grassed sites start from $40/night or $280/week.

Yamba is a perfect idea for a campervan holiday. Ideal for water lovers, there are so many activities to choose from, or you can while away the time just reading and relaxing. You can set up your home away from home and head in any direction for adventure, great family fun and wonderful holiday memories. Make sure you start planning a holiday here soon.

Self Catering Uk Family Holidays

Self catering UK holidays refers to accommodations in villas, flats, apartments, cottages and anywhere else besides a hotel which does not have anyone looking after your needs or desires, nor are there any meals provided. You are given a place to stay for a certain period of time to utilise and spend a holiday in. Self catering UK family holidays are becoming increasingly popular with their cost effective and flexible schedule advantages. They are considerably cheaper than staying in a hotel, you get to look around and experience the local goods to take back and cook a delicious home cooked meal within your accommodation. This arrangement is ideal for families with children who are comfortable with a home-like environment. You have the flexible control over your schedule of when you would like to eat, what you would like to eat, when you would like to rest or sleep and how long you would like to spend time outside experiencing the local life and attractions. There are a variety of unique dwellings and interesting accommodations to plan self catering UK family holidays.

Cornwall is a wonderful county in the South West region of England with abundant, romantic wild moor countryside. Cornwall is marked as a world heritage site for its ancient mining district. The sandy beaches and heavenly breezes coming off the Atlantic Ocean make it obvious why the likes of D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf were once attracted to this region. Cornwall is also full of entertaining historical attractions such as the Pendennis Castle dating back to the reign of King Henry VIII. This place is ideal for older couples, young families with children and anyone else looking to get away to a quiet charming secluded setting. Cornwall also holds the largest natural lake in England known as Windermere. There are 18 islands you can visit within this lake on a houseboat. Holiday houseboats are one of the many interesting options to utilise for self catering UK family holidays. Houseboats contain the ideal comforts of a modern house and generally have a capacity for up to 4 people. Houseboats features spacious areas including 1 master bedroom with a fully running toilet and shower, one spare bedroom, a kitchen fully equipped with microwave, oven and fridge. Don’t be surprised to see other modern technological gadgets such as televisions, computers, and video players on your houseboat.

Head to Cartmel if you have a liking for sticky toffee pudding which is their local specialty and a desire to experience traditional living in a log cabin. Cartmel is a relatively small terrain on the banks of the River Eea. Cartmel is full of the small ancestral buildings, a market square for shopping and the desire to involve yourself with the local culture. Local activities include fishing, horse riding, tasting the local wines, village bonfires and so much more. Log cabins are excellent accommodations for self catering UK family holidays if you enjoy being surrounded by nature, wildlife and breathe taking views. Log cabins are available with traditional as well as modern features as per your convenience and liking.

Camping barns have also become increasingly trendy for self catering UK family holidays. Old Traditional barns have been renovated to become places for people to stay and are especially catered to large groups from 10 to 32 people. Camping barns are also known as bunk barns and can range from simple rustic living spaces to a luxurious enhanced modern abode. Camping barns are prevalent in Cumbria which is set in the North West region of England. Cumbria is a territory rich with mountains and numerous majestic castles which can still be visited today. Cumbria is characterised by Hadrian’s Wall which is situated on the northern side bordering Scotland. This wall was built by the Roman Empire in 122 AD to keep out the raids from the earlier inhabitants of Scotland. Hadrian’s Wall is an important monument representing a major part of England’s heritage. Other things to do in Cumbria include visiting the museums, pony trekking, mountain biking and fishing.

Herefordshire is located in the West Midland region of England. Herefordshire is a rural and lowly populated area which heavily depends on its agricultural economy to sustain a way of life. Herefordshire’s local farmers offer an exuberant supply of fruits such as apples and pears and their cider speciality. Herefordshire is famous for its yurt and tipi living spaces essentially designed for self catering UK family holidays. Jeans Fashion Wholesale Yurt is a round tent which is highlighted for its eco friendly aspects and lavish camping features. Most comprise of gas camping stoves functional within enclosed yurts for barbecues and bonfires. The tipis available in Herefordshire also are made of organic and environmentally safe materials and consist of an elastic matter stretched around a wooden cone like frame. This is a setting for individuals willing to familiarise with self catering UK family holidays and outdoor living.

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