15 minutes drive from Staigue Fort House, 2 km from Caherdaniel village, Derrynane has to be seen. Derrynane House, home to Daniel O’Connell “The Liberator” (1775-1847), set in 120 hectares of parklands, is now a museum. O’Connell is still revered by the Irish people for his success in 1829, a time when Ireland was under British rule, in winning the emancipation of Catholics in Ireland — the right for Catholics to sit in the Westminster Parliament.
The gardens of Derrynane House are wonderful. Exotic sub-tropical plants grow here luxuriously. The main area of the gardens, including the South American Gardens, can be reached through a tunnel under the road. A walk here is a feast for the senses, at any time of day, any time of the year.
In the woods, close by the house, Fairy Houses can be found. This charming little homes are
created by the ‘Fairy House Keeper’, Ginny Darrer. Maps of the Derrynane Fairy Trail fairy are available from the Tea Rooms in Derrynane House.
There is also an enjoyable nature trail which provides interesting information on the flora and fauna of the area. Natterjack toads, the only species of toad native to this island and very rare in Ireland, are found in the ponds among the sand dunes of Derrynane. Nature trail booklets are available from the house.
There is an Ogham stone to your left on the road to Derrynane House. And a Ring-Fort in the woods, easily reached from the house.
A stretch of the Kerry Way wends its way through St. Fionan’s oak wood which extends up into the hills.
The Mass Path at Derrynane Pier takes you to Bunavalla Pier (Derrynane Harbour), once much availed of by smugglers.You can also walk from Derrynane Pier across the dunes to Abbey Island.
There are 4 carparks at Derrynane, all clearly signed. Continue on past the house, towards the pier, if you are planning to go in the water. Waves at the ‘Long Beach’ are suitable for surfing. For swimming, go to the beaches closer to Derrynane Pier. There are life guards on duty during the Summer months.
Address: Caherdaniel. Telephone No: +353 66 9475113. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open 5th April to 21st November as follows:
April: Wed – Sun and B/Holidays 10.30 – 17.00
May to Sept: Daily 10.30- 18.00
Oct to 21st Nov: Wed-Sun and B/Holidays 10.30 – 17.00
Last Admission 45 minutes before closing. Average Length of Visit: 1 hour
Derrynane House Admission Fees
Adult: €3.00 Senior/Group: €2.00 Child/Student: €1.00 Family: €8.00
Admission to the gardens is free.
Ahamore Tea Rooms
From May, for the season: 10.30 – 5.45 Telephone No: Ita: 087 9174152 Kay: 087 2617522