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Ballinskelligs Open Garden Day

Sunday 7th July 2019

Cost:- 10 euro’s per adult

We are enthusiastic and committed gardeners with plenty of ideas to share on how to garden so close to the Ocean and all the challenges that entails.

You are very welcome to come and look around any or all of the 6 gardens between 10.00 and 4.00 but please go to the stall at the market at Café Cois Tra first and there you will receive your directions and some information on where to go?

Our garden’s range from very small to wild and much too big for us! There are polytunnels full of vegetables, flower and shrub borders and beautiful seating areas by the pub. All hosts are enjoying living the ‘Good Life’ and are happy to show you round their own bit of paradise overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay or Valentia Harbour.

Why not make a day of it and enjoy the Sunday market with food, stalls and music at Café Cois Tra by Ballinskelligs castle beach, visit Cill Rialaig Art’s Centre and Café, Tig Rosie’s or Cable O’Leary’s pub.

All proceeds will be donated to the Community Centre which helps so many people in this remote community offering meals on wheels a laundry service and many activities for the elderly especially.

Ballinskelligs Open Garden Day


1. Do we have to attend all day?
No. You need to register at any time between 10.00 and 3.00 on Sunday 7th July – the day of the Open Garden’s- at Café Cois Tra. When you register and pay you will be given a ticket and a description of each garden. Then you can pick your route.

2. How many gardens are there and do we have to see them all?
There are 16 gardens, most people do 4 or 5 each year; you are free to try to visit them all but can not realistically do justice to them between 10.00- 4.00 if you are going to stop for lunch at Barbara’s café, Cil Rialaig or Cable O’Leary’s!!!

3. How do we get from garden to garden?
We give you descriptions of each garden with the map co-ordinates on them if you have a Satnav we recommend you use that. They are not far apart so we can explain the route when you register. If you do not have a car we organise a lift with someone who is going your way.

4. What happens when we arrive at a garden?
In most cases the owners of each garden like to show you around and point out plants of interest or explain what is growing where. If there is a group of people already looking around you may have to wander a little or even sit in the sun and rest a while by a stream or shady tree!!!

5. How long does it take to look around each garden?
Any time from 10 minutes to an hour.

6. Are there any restrictions on where we go and when?
No but please time your visit to arrive in good time we will be getting together at 4.30 for a discussion on Climate Change and the loss of habitats locally so all hosts will want to leave their gardens at 4.15.

7. Can children attend?
Yes children are very welcome and they are not charged but we do ask that they are supervised at all times.

8. How much do we pay?
10 euro’s per adult, children free.

Ballinskelligs Bus Services

Local Link Kerry provide a range of Public & Community Bus Services all over Kerry and provide the following services in Ballinskelligs;

R287b Dromid – Ballinskelligs – Caherciveen – every Monday & Wednesday (timed to meet Local Link Kerry 285 in Caherciveen which travels to Killorglin and there it is timed to meet Bus Eireann 279b to / from Killarney
R37 Ballinskeligs – Caherciveen – Glenbeigh – Killorglin – Tralee – every Thursday
R40 Ballinskelligs to Caherciveen – Every Friday

The above Services are door to door where possible in Ballinskelligs – therefore intending Passengers would need to ring us on 066 7147002 in order to be collected. As you can see the Services R287b is designed to bring people / tourists to Ballinskelligs and also local’s who may wish to travel to Caherciveen or further afield.

R287b & R40 are provided by McCarthy’s of Caherciveen and R37 is provided by Goggin’s, Ballinskelligs on our behalf.

For full timetables and info click here

Ballinskelligs (Baile ’n Sceilg)

diamond-80G“The Diamond on the Ring”

Home of the famous Skellig Monks, who called it ‘the nearest thing to heaven’ when they settled in the area and turned it into the spiritual centre of early Christian Ireland.

A beautiful Blue Flag Beach nestled at the western edge of a gorgeous sheltered bay, right at the centre of the Kerry Dark-Sky Reserve.

A beloved haven for artists with a world renowned artist’s retreat at Cill Rialaig village, a gallery at Cill Rialaig Arts Centre and regular craft fairs.

Part of the Wild Atlantic Way, the longest coastal driving/walking route in Europe.

McCarthy Mór Tower (the famous ‘castle on the beach’) and the 12th Century Abbey are just two of Ballinskelligs’ iconic sights to visit in this area steeped in heritage.

Home to Five Music Venues and an annual Festival with a Family Fun Day, you’ll never be short of entertainment, whether it’s Traditional sessions, music by the beach or singalong gigs.

Baile ’n Sceilg (in Irish) is a Gaeltacht region, where you can hear Irish spoken by the locals. It’s taught in the schools and is promoted in order to maintain its rich heritage and history. You can take courses here in the summer.

There is something here for everyone. Swimming and surfing, gentle strolls along the beaches, adventure hikes on our hills and glens, fishing from beaches and boats, cycling round the Skelligs Ring, drinking and dining in our pubs and cafe’s and boat trips to Skellig Michael, the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Ballinskelligs, a spiritual retreat that will leave you refreshed and invigorated, and the perfect place for a family holiday by the sea.

Welcome to Ballinskelligs…

Special wheelchairs available on Ballinskelligs beach to help people with mobility issues.

Beach-friendly wheelchairs have been introduced to two of the top strands in Co Kerry, which boasts 13 Blue Flag amenities.

The specially adapted beach Hippocampe chairs are available at Inch at the entrance to the Dingle peninsula and at Ballinskelligs beach in the south of the county.

beach wheelchair

The chairs, with specially-designed wheels, are free of charge, available seven days a week but must be booked in advance at the two beaches, council spokesman Owen O’Shea said.

They glide over the soft sand, unlike regular wheelchairs.

The chairs are available through July and August from 12pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday, and from 11am to 7pm at weekends.
n To make a booking for Ballinskelligs, contact 087 296 5874

What our visitors say…


We just stayed one night yet this visit will be with me for the rest of my life, the town is beautiful and if you have a car

this is even better as there is lots to see.  The local pub is great, as are the locals, the walks which are magical and the beach is picturesque. It’s just magical. If you chose to stay here you won’t regret it, you may regret not staying longer.

Ballinskelligs is the shy sister of the Ring of Kerry but we feel the more attractive with a stunning blue flag beach, wonderfully safe for swimming. One of the most beautiful unspoilt locations in the area.

“Great Day Out !”

Took a day out from golf and tried out surfing and wind-surfing in Ballinskelligs. Got a cracking day which made the experience all the better. Located on a stunning beach and with excellent tuition even the first timers managed to get the hang of the surfing and some of the wind surfing. Lots of other water activities available but we only tried out two. Highly recommend for a gang of friends, family or anyone travelling in this beautiful part of Kerry !

One of the best B&B experiences we have ever had. The house and the owners and so warm and welcoming, the house is full of history the rooms have the atmosphere of a warm, cozy home and the best pancakes ever!!! We will definitely go back!!

Stephen & Christine
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