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The capital of the Iveragh Peninsula, Cahersiveen town lies at the foot of Beentee mountain, on the river Fertha overlooking Valentia Harbour. It is on the renowned "Ring of Kerry", the most scenically beautiful drive in Western Europe. The Liberator, Daniel O'connell (1775 - 1847) is the town's most famous son, a very successful lawyer and MP. He achieved the final Civic Freedom for Irish Catholics in 1829, in the form of Catholic Emancipation. The Cahersiveen area is, thanks to the remarkable researches of Mille Francois Henry, a major centre for the study of ancient anchoritic sites (Heritage Sites). Five of these are seen close to the town. Traditional Fair days or market days (18) are still held on the streets where young and old, visitors and locals meet and chat. Cahersiveen beside the Atlantic Ocean, has a
reputation for some of the best deep-sea angling in Europe. The sea, also, provides excellent safe swimming from the sheltered sandy beaches of Cuascrom and the White Strand.Surrounded by impressive hills and mountains, enhanced by the pure clear Atlantic air, and captivating spectacular sunsets; leisurely strolls along country lanes are where dreams of tranquillity and peace become a reality. A visit to Cahersiveen ensures intimate bars, superb food, excellent accommodation and wide range of shops. Cahersiveen as a base in the heart of South-West Kerry offers a painters paradise. One has the opportunity to savour, and environment so rich in colour and beauty, that one would be forgiven for thinking, its a universe all of its own.
Waterville "The Little Whirlpool", is the premier coastal tourist centre of South West Kerry and on the Ring Of Kerry. It has attracted many famous celebrities down through the years including Charlie Chaplin and his family. Waterville nestles between Lough Currane and Balinskelligs Bay, where you will find mountains and lakeland with the added advantage of the sea on your doorstep.Add a sophisticated but uncommercialised tourist product managed by a friendly people with a wealth of experience in catering for visitors from around the world and you have the perfect holiday retreat.The unique climate is aided by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream and this enables you to enjoy the Waterville region all year round. Waterville is renowned for its game angling and it's 18 hole championship golf links but it also a paradise for the hill walker, cyclist, pony trekker, ornithologist, archaeologist, sea and shore angler, water sport enthusiast and indeed for the general holidaymaker.
The combined features and history of the island make it an attractive tourist destination, easily accessible from the popular Ring of Kerry route.Geokaun Mountain and Fogher Cliffs : the highest mountain on Valentia Island and the sea cliffs of 600 feet (180 m) on its northern face.On the northeast of the island stands Glanleam House amid sub-tropical gardens. Protected by windbreaks from Atlantic gales and never touched by frost, these gardens provide the mildest microclimate in Ireland. Starting in the 1830s, Sir Peter George Fitzgerald, the 19th Knight of Kerry (1808–1880), planted these gardens and stocked them with a unique collection of rare and tender plants from the southern hemisphere, normally grown under glass in Ireland. The gardens are laid out in a naturalistic style as a series of
walks. There are plants from South America, Australia, New Zealand (the tallest tree ferns in Europe), Chile and Japan. The gardens are memorialized in a selected golden-variegated Luma apiculata "Glanleam Gold" that originated as a sport in the garden. The gardens are open to the public. The slate quarry which reopened in 1998 provided slates for the British Houses of Parliament.The island also hosts a heritage centre which tells the story of the geology, human, natural and industrial history of the island, with exhibits on the Cable Station, the Marine Radio Station and the RNLI's Valentia Lifeboat Station.The Telegraph Field (or Longitude Field) is the site of the first permanent communications link between Europe and North America Transatlantic telegraph cables operated from Valentia Island from 1866.