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Glenbeigh and Rossbeigh


Glenbeigh, a small and very attractive fishing and holiday village, lies snug in the horseshoe of hills and 493 metre-high Seefin Mountain. The Caragh River and the Behy River flow at either side of the village into Castlemaine Harbour.

The mountain scenery here is magnificent, and the circuit of the hills from Seefin to Drung Hill, called the "Glenbeigh Horseshoe", part of the greater "Kerry Way", is one of Kerry's finest mountain walks. A feature of the circuit is the series of glacial corries and lakes, which lie at the head of the Behy valley.

Behy River Bridge

Above: Bridge over the Behy River at Glenbeigh

There is trout fishing on Lough Coomasaharn, the largest of the lakes, and the Behy River.

The famed Ring of Kerry route runs through the middle of the village and many visitors like to stop and enjoy a leisurely stroll. There's a number of cafés and pubs in the village with pavement seating facilities in the warmer weather giving the place a very pleasant ambience.


Many people take the slight detour to the wonderful beach at Rosbehy or Rossbeigh, which stretches for more than four kilometres along a South-North spit jutting into Dingle Bay.

Rossbeigh Beach

Above: Rossbeigh Beach viewed from the 'Upper Road' with Inch Strand, Cromane, Dooks and Glenbeigh behind.

This beautiful, unpolluted beach provides idyllic conditions for swimming, walking and, with a number of mud flats found on the eastern side of the land, some fantastic bird watching.

In the month of September the famous horse races are held on the Beach in Rossbeigh. This is a fairly unique occurrence, only one or two other beaches can lay claim to holding such races.

It is a spectacular event in an even more spectacular and beautiful location drawing huge crowds from near and far. Well worth the visit.

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