Staigue Fort House is so close to the sea, you can walk to gorgeous beaches. Each with its own unique appeal.
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Reen Beach Lovely Reen. Good for gathering shells brought in by the tide. It has two sandy beaches.
Bunaneer oak There is a sandy beach here, Bunaneer Castle and what was once an oak forest,
Silver Strand At low tide, you can walk to the island at Silver Strand
Derrynane's Long Beach Derrynane Beach. Vast and beautiful. It has many various and delightful elements: sand dunes - home to natterjack toads, tidal flats, big waves, sandy beach, a pier, a path to Abbey Island. And Derrynane House and Gardens as well.
Westcove Harbour sea eagles have often been seen here on the rocks by the basking seals. Just past the ruins of Lady Broderick's
Derrynane from Lamb's Head Lamb's Head is shown as Ballycarnahan on maps. As you approach the village of Caherdaniel, turn left at the sign for Eagle Rock Equestiran Centre and you are now on Lamb'e Head. You can get to Derrynane's Long Beach from here at low tide. Beware! There is sinking sand.
Rath Beach A lovely little beach looking over towards the Beara Peninsula. You can walk along a path through the grasses and rocks along the coast here.
It was here on Tuesday, 14 May, 2680 BC, Pantholon, the second of Ireland's legendary invaders, landed after journeying 7 long years from Greece. He was fleeing the guilt of having killed both his parents. He brought a party of one thousand followers, who multiplied until there were four thousand. Then they all died of plague in a single week.
White Strand Aptly named, White Strand actually has two sandy beaches, lots of interesting seaweed as well as rock pools. Well signposted, it is on the far of Castlecove from Staigue Fort House
Little Egret on the way to Reen beach A favourite spot for herons and, in recent years, little egrets.