Walking in Camp
Camp is a walker's heaven with its integral location on the Dingle Way, one of Ireland’s magnificent Way Marked Ways covering 162km across the Dingle Peninsula. Camp’s spectacular trails on the slopes and valleys of Sliabh Mish, also has a choice of long sandy beach walks and back country road treks to suit all levels of experience. Join the historic, archaeological and scenic walks organised by local walkers and experienced guides, who make up Camp Walking Club. You won’t be disappointed!
Camp Viaduct and Train Crash
Traces of the old Tralee Dingle railway are evident in the viaduct at Curraduff, Camp where it crosses the river Finglas. In 1893 a train carrying passengers and pigs to Tralee ran away and derailed on the sharp curve above the viaduct. It hit the bridge parapet and plunged into the ravine, killing three engine men.
CAMP SHEEP FAIR
Camp Annual Sheep dates back centuries to the time of Lord Ventry when a ram auction was held in the village. Sheep are held in pens on the roadside at Camp Cross. A speciality of the fair is the sale of locally made mutton pies. There is also music, song and dance in the village's pubs and entertainment for all the family.
East of Camp Village above the N86 are the remains of Killelton Church and graveyard Cill Eilthín and the ruined famine village of Killelton, which was abandoned in the 19th century. The site which is on the Dingle way walking trail consists of an enclosure containing the remains of two rectangular buildings and a small rectangular drystone oratory. During restoration work in 1984 two fragments of a decorated quernstone were found and a holed stone similar to stones at Gallarus oratory.
Camp Beaches - Derrymore
Local beaches are clean, safe and sandy; ideal for family outings, sandcastle building, and swimming. East of Camp village is Derrymore (An Doire Mhór, the large oak wood), where the long strand is a favourite beach and bathing place. The northern coast of the Dingle Peninsula from Derrymore to Cloghane offers mile after mile of sandy, safe beaches, which are popular for surfing, walking, horse trekking and bass angling
Caherconree (Cathair Conraoi: Cú Roi's fort), on the mountain overlooking Camp village, is one of the highest promontory forts in Ireland. Legend tells how Cú Roi the King of West Munster imprisoned Blaithnait, Cú Chulainn’s lover in this mountain fortress. She signalled to Cú Chulainn by pouring milk into a stream and he came to her rescue Ascending the steep marked trail to the summit of Caherconree, the climber can survey the whole of Munster, the Blasket Islands basking in Dingle Bay, and Loop Head jutting out into the vast Atlantic Ocean.
How to get to Camp
Camp is 20km and 23min drive from Tralee. Take the N86 towards Dingle. For Camp Village Upper turn left at Camp Junction. For Camp Lower continue straight.