Many of our students and their families take the opportunity to attend Coláiste Mhichíl to immerse themselves not only in the Irish language but in the local area itself. With a wide range of accommodation types available, they base themselves in Ballinskelligs to take in local attractions along the Wild Atlantic Way.
McCarthy’s Castle dominates the western shoreline of Ballinskelligs beach. Legend has it that it was built in the 16th century by McCarthy Mór, chieftain of Munster to protect Ballinskelligs Bay from pirates.
Art enthusiasts can sample national and international works by artists or enjoy a taste of Italy with wood-fired pizza in the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre in Dungeagan.
For those with a love for the outdoors, why not challenge yourself to one of the many Loop Walks or take in the surfers in St. Finian’s Bay before treating yourself to a hot chocolate and award-winning tasty treats in Ireland’s only fully open-plan chocolate factory, Skelligs Chocolate.
As you venture towards Portmagee you can take in spectacular views of Puffin Island and Skellig Michael from the Kerry cliffs. In Valentia, Bray Head, Geokaun Mountain, the Slate Quarry, Knightstown, the Skelligs Experience, locally produced ice cream and the famous lighthouse are waiting to be explored.
Golfing, fishing, and marine activities are available in Waterville on the eastern side of Ballinskelligs Bay while a diverse range of eateries can be found in Cahersiveen, the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell.