Tahilla Cove Country House Bed and Breakfast, Ring of Kerry, Sneem, County Kerry.
There are several day drives of particular scenic beauty centered in Tahilla. Each route may be found on the map with various sites of interest. If you are able to park your car it is well worth getting a breath of clean Kerry air.
Ring of Kerry
This tour is best done anti-clockwise; first, to Killarney (N70-N71) by the famed lakes. Muckross House is well worth a visit. Through Killarney to Killorglan, Glenbeigh and Cahirciveen along Dingle Bay. From there to Waterville and Derrynane. Visit Derrynane House home of Daniel O’Connell). Afterwards onto Caherdaniel and Castlecove. Turn left 2 miles to Staigue Fort, 3000 years old. Then home through Sneem to Tahilla (169-km).
Ring of Beara Peninsula
First to Kenmare (N70) then turn right after suspension bridge (R571) and follow Kenmare Bay past Dinish Island on the right and onto Cloonee Lakes then turn right on Coast Road to Killmackillogue and onto Lauragh. Dereen Gardens and its tree farms. Onto Ardgroom and Eyeries, turn right to Allihies – an excellent trip can be done to Dursey Head. After Castletownbere continue to Adrigole, cross Tim Healy Pass back to Kerry and home to Tahilla (175-km).
Through Killarney and Killorglin, turn right to Miltown and Castlemaine and onto Inch and Anascaul, continue to Dingle Town. Alternative Route – turn left at Blackwater bridge. When you join the main Sneem/Killarney Road (R568) turn left and then first right for Glencar, Killorglin and Dingle. Visit Dunquin and Slea Head returning to Dingle then cross the Connor Pass to Tralee, Killarney and back to Tahilla (300-km).
Glengarriff & Healy Pass
First to Kenmare then cross the suspension bridge and onto Glengarriff. A must is a visit to Garnish Island – a tropical garden Island in Glengarriff harbour. If time permits a visit to Bantry House (15m) to the south is well worth a visit. After Glengarriff you continue along Bantry Bay, West to Adrigole and across Tim Healy Pass and home via Kenmare to Tahilla (120m).
Killarney – Muckross House and Kate Kearney’s Cottage
Take the Road to Killarney through Moll’s Gap, Ladies View to Muckross House and Gardens. This a Folk Museum and features life in Kerry down through the years. It also houses an Irish Craft Centre. After Killarney take the Killorglin Road for 5-km and turn left. This road leads t o Kate Kearney’s Cottage (pony trips to Gap of Dunloe). If you turn right at this road you can return to Tahilla passing along Acoose Lake through the spectacular pass of Ballaghbeama then south to Blackwater, left to Tahilla (90-km).
Ballaghbeama – Waterville – Derrynane
Turn left at Blackwater Bridge, then left again at Sneem/Killarney Road (R568). First right for Ballaghbeama. After Ballaghbeama Pass turn left for Ballaghasheen Pass and Waterville. Then turn left for Waterville and back to Derrynane, Sneem and home to Tahilla (95m).
Day trip to Skelligs Island & Valencia.
Take N70 Ring of Kerry road to Sneem & Waterville. After Waterville take R565 to Porttmagee boats leave here for Skelligs. Take bridge to Valencia on to Knightstown and car ferry back To Cahirciveen and back to Tahilla via Ring of Kerry. The boat trip to Skelligs must be booked in advanced
Many of our guests visit the Skelligs and it can be the highlight of their holiday.
The Skelligs consist of two Islands Skellig Michael and little Skellig They are located 5 miles off the Kerry coast.
Six hundred feet above sea level are the remains of an expertly restored 6th century monastic settlement beehive huts, oratory and terraced garden.
The little Skellig is the second largest of the worlds 23 gannet colonies. Depending on the time of year, you can see puffins, guillemots,kittiwakes, razorbills, seals dolphins and sometimes basking sharks
Boats leave from Portmagee near Valencia.
James Deirdre & Charles Waterhouse