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Camp is a small, compact village in a beautiful scenic area...
Camp is a quaint little village situated on the North Shore of the Dingle Peninsula and is a place of utmost natural beauty. The village boasts spectacular views to the west towards Mount Brandon, the expanse of Tralee Bay and Kerry Head to the North.
The village branches two levels, Upper Camp which leads to Dingle along the mountain road through Annascaul and Lower Camp which keeps you along the coastline passing through Castlegregory Parish and over the Connor Pass with heavenly views of both Dingle Bay and Brandon Bay.The village boasts 3 superb pubs, each offering their own unique character and heritage all year round. Discover the story of Tobar na nGealt (the Well of the Mad) which is known for its medicinal qualities. Date for your diary? The annual Camp sheep fair held in September.
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!
Walking & Hiking on the Dingle Peninsula
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 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.
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.
Directions: 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.
The Cottage at Coole Farm, Camp
The Fuschias Self-Catering Holiday Home, Camp
Sandy Feet Farm
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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