Destination Caragh Lake
Destination Caragh Lake
Caragh Lake (Loch Cárthaí) lies at the foot of the northern lower slopes of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks at the head of the Caragh Valley. It is a magnificent tranquil location midway between the bustling town of Killorglin to the east and the charming village of Glenbeigh to the west. It is an oasis just off the Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way and is an idyllic gateway to the highlands of Kerry and its magnificent natural experiences.
Caragh Lake is a large and scenic glacial freshwater lake included in a large Special Area of Conservation part of “Killarney’s National Park, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and Caragh River Catchment”. The rare Kerry Slug was first discovered near the lake.
With the combination of lakes, rivers, rugged mountains, forestry and wild bog-lands, Caragh Lake and the Glencar region (the Kerry Highlands) are settings of incredible natural beauty. Come here to relax and experience the joy of the more leisurely pace of life that is rural Ireland at its panoramic best.
Caragh Lake and River are an angler’s delight with wonderful salmon and trout fishing Local fishing and angling guides and Ghillies will thrill you, showing you the best fishing pools, supplying information on boat hire, fishing permits, and an insight into the history and folklore of the area. This is a truly memorable experience in such a unique location.
As a Special Area of Conservation, there is an abundance of wildlife with flora and fauna in this rugged landscape providing a haven for those with a special interest in nature and geology, particularly bird watching where the white tailed eagle is a feature. With its soft Mediterranean climate, many rare and precious plants and flowers can be found among the hedgerows, roadsides, bog lands and of course, landscaped gardens in the area.
Walking enthusiasts will glory in the variety of nearby loop, linear and beach walks, the famous Kerry Way, and a labyrinth of quaint lakeside, river and wooded trails. Caragh Lake is the ideal place for all those who appreciate exceptional lake and mountain vistas, love climbing, hill walking, fishing, horse riding, water sports, hunting or just relaxing in an unspoilt area of lakes, rivers, mountains and bays among friendly welcoming people.
Visitors are sure to be thrilled with the myriad of activities on offer at Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre. Located in the heart of this wild place, it is a must for individuals, families and groups of all ages offering canoeing, kayaking, sailing, rock climbing, abseiling, orienteering and mountain climbing. With a backdrop of the McGillycuddy Reeks and Carrantuohill, Ireland’s highest mountain, this dramatic landscape is ideal for adventure sports enthusiasts of all ages and of levels.
Back on the Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way, visit the Red Fox which is an old style country pub adjacent to the famous Kerry Bog Village. Here you can take a trip back in time to the 18th and 19th centuries, catching a glimpse of rural life as it was. The Kerry Bog Pony, a rare indigenous species can be seen here along with Irish Wolf Hounds and wild Mountain Goats.
Be it adventure, be it romance, be it relaxation, be it rejuvenation, Caragh Lake is the perfect location to “step back in time”. Prepare to be amazed!