Ross-Maine is the picturesque area on the Ring of Kerry from Rossbeigh to Castlemaine, a distance of some 19km. Ross-Maine forms the southern side of the River Maine estuary and looking north one can see Inch Beach and the beautiful mountains of the Dingle Peninsula. Ross Strand (right) and Inch Beach extend into the estuary like fingers, forming a natural barrier to the powers the Atlantic Ocean that provides a safe haven for all kinds of marine life and seabirds. Glenbeigh is a delightful village set below the Seefin mountain, with a couple of hotels, a good selection of pubs and shops, and just 3km from the fantabulous Rossbeigh Strand. The strand, 6km long, has a fine sandy beach backed by high sand dunes, and is used for horse racing during the Glenbeigh festival.
Killorglin is a small but busy town, overlooked by Ireland's highest mountains, the Mac Gillycuddy Reeks, and is the gateway to the Iveragh Peninsula. It is home to the famous Puck Fair, probably the oldest festival in Ireland. There is a good selection of pubs, some fine restaurants and has its own sports centre open to non-members. Milltown, a small thriving community in the heart of Kerry, is an ideal base to visit most of Kerry's attractions. With a good selection of pubs offering evening entertainment and some excellent food, visitors can relax and feel content after a hard day touring. Castlemaine is not a large village and visitors will be surprised by the number of public houses in its few streets. It is the gateway to the Dingle Peninsula, and only a short drive to Inch Beach where scenes from "Ryans Daughter" were filmed. Castlemaine is celebrated in the song "The Wild Colonial Boy". The lyrics run "There was a wild colonial boy, Jack Duggan was his name, He was born and bred in Ireland in a place called Castlemaine."
The map below allows you to zoom in and out. Zooming out renders less detail, zooming in more. To achieve this just use the plus and minus buttons, top left of the map. To the West continues the Ring of Kerry, to the north are Moll's Gap, Ladies View and Killarney, to the south the Beara Peninsula. The map may be moved around with the left mouse button.
Beaches - Rossbeigh beach, the finest beach in the area, consist of 6km of glorious sand and dunes. There is a restaurant close to the beach and a new chilrens play area. It is just 5 minutes drive from Glenbeigh. There is also a good beach at the back of dooks golf course. Take the road to Dooks Golf Club. This is just outside Glenbeigh by the river Caragh bridge, about 150mts before the entrance to Dooks Golf Club turn left.
Puck Fair - Always held in August, it is one of Ireland's oldest festivals. It lasts for 3 days and starts with the crowning of King Puck, a wild mountain goat. Visitors can enjoy day and night concerts, traditional music sessions, dancers, parades, storytelling, family entertainment, haggling with street traders, fireworks and, of course, the cattle and horse fair.
Glenbeigh Festival & Races - Held annually early in September. The horse racing is staged on Rossbeigh beach, time depending on the tides. The festival opens with the inauguration of the festival queen. Activities are available for the whole family and include Frocker Soccer (guys dressed up as ladies playing a five a side game of soccer), Fancy Dress, Terrier dog racing, Drag Race, Bouncy Castles, Kids Go-Karting, Face Painting, on stage live bands, traditional music sessions in the local pubs and, at the races, Best Dressed Lady and Gentleman Award.
The World Bodhrán Championships - Milltown hosts this exciting event annually, a 4 day extravaganza of music sessions, concerts and workshops, which takes place over the June Bank Holiday. The Bodhrán, an Irish frame drum, is made with a wooden body and a goat-skin head, and played with a double-headed stick. It can be heard as the heart beat of many Irish music sessions.
Kerry Bog Village Museum - Step back in time to an early 18th century thatched village. Visit the old blacksmith's forge, the turf cutters house, stable dwelling and dairy house, Denny's hen house, the labourer's cottage and the thatchers dwelling. The Museum is wheelchair accessible and facilities include a gift shop, large car park area, children's play area and a chance to see the extremely rare Kerry Bog Ponies.
Basement Museum, Killorglin - an exhibition of legends and lore and historical tradition in old photographs and in print. Also articles from the past such as the first triclour flown in Killorglin.