Ballinskelligs (Baile ’n Sceilg)
“The Diamond on the Ring”
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.
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…
Music & Dance
Whatever your experience of Ireland, you will know that music is very important here, it’s part of the language; the playing of traditional instruments is an engrained part of the education system and very much a part of the rich culture and heritage of the Gaeltacht.
Tales and songs from the local area have been collated and collected so they will live on.
Ballinskelligs Loves Walking
For most of history, walking was naturally the only way to journey here and so this is how the Christian Coptic monks, coming from Egypt to Ballinskelligs.
1,400 years ago, achieved this quest and founded what is now called Ballinskelligs as a place of pilgrimage and spirituality in-amongst the natural
beauty of mountain and sea.
And now, today, for the real experience, and for the real magic of this place, walking is the way to go!
Walking in Natural Beauty!
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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!!