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Active Retirement Holidays at Derrynane

October 5th, 2012

The team here at Derrynane were delighted to host the Tralee 97 Probus Club at the end of September. A great group of people to have stay with us and we look forward to welcoming them back next year, along with the many other active retirement groups who have become regular visitors to the Ring of Kerry’s finest activity-focused hotel. We were delighted to receive the following words of praise from group spokesperson, James O’Loughlin.

Tralee 97 Probus Club had a most successful couple of days at the Derrynane Hotel and Holiday Homes from the 25th to the 27th of September 2012. Members enjoyed the lovely short user friendly walks which are very well signed. They also visited Derrynane House which is nearby, the home of Daniel O’Connell. The Club intend to return in 2013 for another visit. The food service and hospitality was second to none. I would highly recommend this Hotel to other Probus or other active retirement groups.
James O’ Loughlin, Tralee 97 Probus Club.

See you all next year folks!
Mary O’Connor

August 7th, 2012

Recent TripAdvisor Reviews from Guests at Derrynane

“Nice friendly hotel, great location”

Lovely friendly hotel, this is our second time staying here – the receptionist was friendly and greeted us when we arrived, nice food and I enjoyed the bar service. Lovely sea views from the bar/lounge areas and the rear bedrooms, my wife enjoyed the seaweed bath and the well maintained pool (supervised by a pool lifeguard for parents’ peace of mind when it is in use) while I had plenty of mountains to walk in the area. Nice comfortable clean rooms with great beds, my best sleep in ages! Nice carefree atmosphere there, reminding me of our own family holidays as a kid myself. Nice tastily – landscaped grounds, which tie in the natural surroundings, laced with little walking footpaths and random outdoor seating, nice for a lazy amble with kids or on your own. Would certainly come back here again, in fact we stayed for an unscheduled extra night this week. Found all the staff very pleasant and the owners very approachable and ready for a friendly chat. – Peter H, Limerick, Ireland. 1/8/12

“Heavenly Place”

My husband @ I booked in for 5 nights in early July, but we stayed for 9, as the food, seaviews, @ the great rates, plus the staff were 5*. The weather was very mixed, but walking brochure that is provided by the hotel gave us some excellent outings in a beautiful part of the world. We had a lovely time in Catherdanial with all the excellent beaches @ views, would highly recommend the whole package. – Rebecca C, Cork, Ireland. 22/7/1

“Lovely People Fantastic Location”

The hotel is located so close to the sea our first shot with the tennis ball bounced out of the court and into the ocean. The location is excellent with amazing views and Mary the owner and all the staff are incredibily friendly and helpful. The grounds of the hotel are very well maintained providing amazing views over the coastline and there is a lovely sandy beach only 5 minutes walk away. Pony tracking and water sports also located close by. The hotel breakfast is lovely and day time meals provide good value for money. Many thanks to Mary and all the people working there. – John M. Antrim, United Kingdom. 16/7/12

“A great place to relax”

We stayed in the holiday homes for a week in July. The houses are nicely fitted out and very comfortable. The outdoor pool is great fun and very clean and well maintained. The supervised games room is low key and our kids liked it. Mary and the staff are very friendly and helpful, it shows that it is a family run hotel. The food is good and the view fantastic. Nearby the kids did a watersports camp on Derrynane beach. Weather was “Irish”, so it was good that the kids had the camp to go to. Beaches here are great – if you get the weather. We would go back there again. – Jimmy C. Dublin, Ireland. 28/7/12

The Sneem JFK 50 mile Challenge

April 21st, 2012

The Sneem JFK 50 mile Challenge

Welcome to the Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge which will take place on the weekend of the 25th, 26th & 27th May 2012. The Challenge is to complete 50miles (80km) in under 20 hours. The walk will start and end in Sneem village on the Ring of Kerry. It is a loop walk on national, secondary, regional and minor roads with three gradual inclines which are highlighted on the route map.The challenge starts at 05.00am sharp on Saturday morning 26th May and continues right through until 1.00am on Sunday morning 27th May.The Festival promises to be a fun filled weekend with Street Entertainment, Trad sessions in the local pubs and Live Entertainment with Awards ceremony on the Sunday night to celebrate the challenge being completed.

About the Challenge

The JFK 50 Mile Walk first came about in the 1960s in the USA when John F. Kennedy announced that an endurance test of walking 50 miles was to be performed by U.S. servicemen to prove they were in ready military condition. To everyone’s amazement, a willing public took up the challenge and extreme walking quickly became a national obsession.

Online registration is now open on

A challenge not to be missed!

Derrynane Walking Weekends

April 20th, 2012

Go Visit Ireland – Derrynane Hotel


May 11/12/13 & June 8/9/10,  2012

A weekend of walking, talking, folklore, history and nature based at The Derrynane Hotel, Nature’s Spa.  The leader for the weekend is Seán Ó Súilleabhain, Guidebook Author, Founder of the Kerry Way, local Historian.

  • FRIDAY 11th MAY 2012


Welcome briefing, illustrated talk (walks, local history, placenames etc.)


  • SATURDAY 12TH MAY 2012


Departure for Walk/Climb A: Eagles Hill

This gentle walk/climb starts along the Kerry Way walking trail to the Windy Gap, passing the site of prehistoric copper mines, before ascending Eagles Hill for panoramic views of fabled Glanmore and Lough Currane to the north and the Skellig Rocks sitting in the Atlantic Ocean and Kenmare River/Bay to the west and south.  Return to Caherdaniel by Coomnahorna.

Distance: 15km/9.5miles.        Ascent: 1,850ft/565m



Departure for Walk B: Derrynane Beach and Mass Path

A further section of the renowned Kerry Way walking trail takes you along Derrynane Beach onto Abbey Island, then on to the old Mass Path to Bunavalla, to return along the Butter Road to Caherdaniel village.  Rewards abound: views, nature and history, all in one package.

Distance: 9km/5.75miles.                    Ascent: 500ft/150m



Dinner in Derrynane Hotel Restaurant

Music from 9.30


  • SUNDAY 13th MAY 2012


Departure for Walk: Staigue Fort and the Kerry Way

We start by being driven to visit the spectacular stone fort of Staigue (c. 2,000 years old).  A 5km/3mile walk back to Caherdaniel along the eastern leg of the Butter Road (gentle descent almost all the way!) allows for an early finish to the day.

To allow for certain weather conditions or other factors, Go Visit Ireland and its guides reserve the right to alter Walks.  This will be done only as a last resort.

Package includes: 2B&B, 1D, 2 packed lunches, services of experienced walk guides, minibus transfers to/from walks.

Price: €129 pps


Turn Sneem Green! Saint Patrick’s Weekend 2012 in Sneem

March 3rd, 2012

‘Turn Sneem Green’ – St. Patrick’s Weekend 16th to 19th March 2012

Turn Sneem Green’ for St. Patrick’s weekend is the catchphrase of the locals in the run-up to honouring our patron Saint, Patrick. Locals and visitors are invited to take part in a fun-filled schedule for the weekend in this great village on the Ring of Kerry. The fun starts with the Turn Sneem Green opening ceremony on Friday night the 16th in the South Square where there will be live music. On St. Patrick’s day itself, the parade starts at 12.15pm. There is a prize fund of €1000 for the best motorised and walking floats. Also this year there is a new prize for the best dressed spectator, so raid the wardrobe for that little green number! There is also a prize for the best St Patrick’s day window display. The Annual Cow Dung Draw takes place in the afternoon, one lucky winner will go home with a prize of €500. Sneem will be buzzing on St. Patrick’s Day with the usual market stalls, entertainment and good food in the pubs and restaurants. Also our local set dancers and musicians can be enjoyed on the Festival stage. On Sunday there is a guided walk in aid of the Paul Curran Trust, special menus in restaurants and pubs for Mother’s Day. Later that evening, there is lots of live music provided by our local publicans…. so, the motto is TURN SNEEM GREEN, have a great weekend and enjoy the hospitality that Sneem has to offer!