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"wonderful area from Castlemaine to Inch”.
Spread out along the foothills of the Slieve Mish Mountains the twin villages of Boolteens and Keel welcome visitors to the Dingle Peninsula with a colourful display of flowers and rural old world charm. A small rural settlement with a strong community, Boolteens and Keel are linked with shared services which cater for the needs of the surrounding area. The school, childcare centre, church and GAA pitch are all located in residential Keel, while the traditional village centre is at the crossroads in Boolteens with a few small businesses and pubs serving food.This quiet area is a great place to base yourself on the Dingle Peninsula, only twenty mins drive from Kerry Airport and within easy reach of spectacular Inch Beach.Walkers and explorers will love Caherconree and the mountain road called 'Bóthar na gCloch' (road of the stones). For fishing Keel pier is known for bass, flounder and plaice. Historic places to check out are old Keel church and graveyard, and the village crossroads with some lovely reminders of times gone by, the pump, the blacksmiths forge and even an old-fashioned petrol pump.
A great way to enjoy the views, countryside and wildlife of the Boolteens Keel area is to explore the popular Uphill Downhill 13km looped walk. Starting and ending at the carpark opposite Boolteens Church this well sign posted trail brings you up close to nature, with fields, a riverbank pathway, quiet roads and a short stretch on the R561. It takes approx. 3hrs and 30 mins to complete.
The old Keel cemetery is to be found on the southwest side of the Castlemaine to Annascaul road, two miles southwest from the village of Boolteens. It contains the ruins of an old church.
The village of Boolteens/ Keel has a rich historical heritage evidenced by a range of structures such as the old village pump and the remains of the McCarthy Mor Castle. An additional point of cultural interest is the old blacksmith forge within the village.
Directions: Boolteens is on the R561 4 kms west of Castlemaine Co Kerry. From Tralee take the N70 to Castlemaine and turn right onto the R561 .From Farranfore Airport: Boolteens is a 20 min drive on the R561.
DINGLE PENINSULA TOURISM ALLIANCE – PROMOTING THE DINGLE PENINSULA TOGETHER
Do come and stay! We are very happy to help guide you to your idyllic holiday or short break on the Dingle Peninsula. Dingle Peninsula Tourism Alliance, a marketing co-operative owned and managed by its members across the peninsula, have produced this website to provide you, our visitors with the most up to date information you need to plan and enjoy your visit.
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