Milltown, County Kerry offers the visitor comfort, relaxation, quality and value for money. Nestled in the heart of the Kingdom of Kerry between the McGillycuddys Reeks and the Dingle Peninsula, there are a range of attractions, sites and activities for the visitor.
You can find out about all these attraction and about local services and amenities at www.visitmilltown.com.
Here is a list of top local attractions at a glance…….
Walking and Cycling
Whether you just want a leisurely evening’s stroll in the woods, a family nature walk or you want to climb Ireland’s highest mountain before breakfast, you can do all three from Milltown! The backroads of Milltown are very quiet and you might spot an ogham stone, or a dolmen, a rare bird or even one of the local community also out enjoying the fresh air! (If you do, be sure to stop for a chat!) A series of 7 walks, each with its own theme, plus a half-day cycle tour around the parish boundary have been developed at present and maps are available in Larkin’s Pub.
Milltown lies between 2 of Ireland’s long distance footpaths and there are discussions underway and plans afoot at present about possible linking these two paths through Milltown itself.
The Kerry Way is 215 km (135 miles) long, making it the longest marked footpath in the Republic. It starts and ends in Killarney and strays inland for the first 3 days winding through the spectacular MacGillycuddys Reeks past the 1041 metre (3404 foot) Carrantouhill the highest mountain Ireland before moving around the coast trough Cahersiveen, Sneem, Waterville, Caherdaniel, Sneem and Kenmare. It is generally well-marked, does not require any special skills and can be walked by any reasonable fit person. If you are staying in Milltown, you might want to pick up a section of the walk between Glenbeigh and the mountains around Glencar or around Caragh Lake.
The Dingle Way is a 178 km (112 mile) circular route that goes from Tralee to Camp to Annascaul to Dingle, Dunquin and back to Tralee via Castlegregory. If you are staying in Milltown, it is easy to pick up a stretch of the route perhaps around Annascual.
Serious walkers will find challenges in the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Irelands highest mountains and serous cyclists might want to head off to the Gap of Dunloe and the Black Valley for a day trip which covers variety of terrains: smoothly surfaced roads, small country lanes, rough tracks, bogland, wood, uphill and down through the dramatic ice-carved Gap of Dunloe. Head from Milltown in the direction of Killarney and turn right to Fossa.
The Milltown area covers a wide range of different habitats - bog land, marshland, river, estuary, streams, groves and within the town itself, old walled gardens and waste ground. Each of these supports a specific form of animal, bird, plant and insect life. It is particularly good for birdlife
Watch Gaelic sport
Ireland’s national sports are hurling and football. There are local matches played regularly in the GAA stadium in Milltown – check locally to see if there is one on when you are staying – both games are fast and furious and we guarantee you will enjoy it!
Horse riding and Pony trekking
There are two local riding stables – please contact them directly for more information:
Abbeyglen Riding Centre, Lyre Road, Milltown: 066 9767714
Woodlands Equestrian Centre, Faha, near Milltown: 064 44044
If you enjoy the colour and excitement of the Hunt, several local hunts (fox friendly!) meet in and around Milltown – ask locally for dates.
Day At The beach
Kerry has some of Ireland’s finest Blue Flag beaches. Inch Beach is only 20 minutes drive from Milltown - three miles of magnificent sandy beach, enjoyed by swimmers, windsurfers, hang-gliders and shore anglers. In summer, take a family picnic and make a day of it and in winter, look out for the ducks and waders in the wetlands behind the dunes. These dunes have Stone Age graves and shell middens left by ancient inhabitants and more recently the beach has been the location for several Hollywood movies.
30 minutes drive away is Rossbeigh just outside Glenbeigh village - where legend has it Oisin and Niamh crossed the sea from Rossbeigh to Tír na n-Óg. Horseracing takes place along the sand from time to time, evoking that legend.
There are 13 managed rainbow trout lakes throughout Kerry and Cork offering superb sport to both casual and experienced anglers. Boats are available for hire in many locations and all the lakes are accessible from the road. The season is June to August (check exact dates locally) and Day and Season permits are available as are boat permits. The River Laune runs through Killorglin (15 minutes drive from Milltown) and it enjoys a run of salmon throughout the year and a good run of spring salmon. It also holds good stocks of brown trout. The season is January to September (check exact dates locally) and again permits are available. There are many smaller rivers in the area and sea angling is possible all over Kerry – such as from Inch beach, Cromane and Rossbeigh.
County Kerry is on of the most popular golf destinations in the world with a superb combination of world renowned links and parkland courses, all with beautiful scenery.
Telephone the golf courses below for more information:
Ballybunion Golf Club, Tel: 068 27146,
Dingle Tel 066 9156255, Dooks, Tel: 066 9768205,
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Tel: 064 31034,
Ring of Kerry Golf Club, Templenoe, Tel: 064 42000,
Tralee Golf Links Course, Tel: 066 7136379,
Beaufort Golf Resort, Tel: 064 6644440
Waterville Golf Links Course, Tel. 066 9474102.
Milltown as a touring base
Milltown is located in the heart of Kerry and as such provides an excellent base from which to tour the many attractions of the Kingdom. Make Milltown your base and go off on day excursions to some of the
The Ring of Kerry
Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s premier tourist attractions, a 179 km circuit from Killarney, past Milltown to Killorglin, Glenbeigh and past the spectacular coastal scenery around Kells and on to Cahersiveen, over the Coomakesta Pass to the fishing village of Caherdaniel, through Sneem, Kenmare and finally back to Killarney and Milltown. It can be done in a day by car or you can take one of the many organised coach tours.
Drive to Dingle with its dry stone clochauns or beehive huts, Gallurus Observatory, sea trips to see Fungie the dolphin and the Oceanworld aquatic centre, take a ferry from Dingle to the Blasket Islands made famous by the autobiographies of former islanders such as Peig by Peig Sayers, visit the lakes and mountains of the Killarney National Park and if the weather is bad why not go to Tralee with its steam railway, the Aquadome complex of pools, slides and rapids, Kerry County Museum, and Siamsa Tire national folk theatre or Crag Cave Irelands most exciting showcave.
Visit nearby Killorglin with its rumbustious three-day celebration Puck Fair in August an annual binge of storytelling, music making and horsetrading or spend a few hours in Listowel, Ireland’s literary capital and former home of John B Keane with its annual Writers Week. A trip to the Skellig Islands (boats from Port Magee or Ballinskelligs) is one of the highlights of any trip to Ireland. Early Christian monks founded a monastery on the jagged 217m rock of Skellig Michael from the 7 th to the 12 th or 13 th centuries. It is a great place to see birds – such as storm petrels, kittiwakes and puffins.
You can find out lots more about all these attraction and about local services and amenities at www.visitmilltown.com.