Castlegregory - An Caisleán Ghriaire

Known as “The Gold Coast” of the Dingle Peninsula...

Castlegregory is located on the north shore of the Dingle Peninsula halfway between Tralee and Dingle.  Also known as “The Gold Coast” of the Peninsula, it lies on one of Ireland’s longest beaches, which stretches 12 glorious miles (20 kilometres) in length from the Maharees westwards through Castlegregory to just short of Cloghane village. The Maharees Peninsula is to the north of the village and boasts spectacular views of Brandon Bay, Mount Brandon, the Atlantic Ocean, Kerry Head, and Tralee Bay across to Fenit. Castlegregory village is a great base for holidaymakers with a community Tourist Information Office, local shops, cafes and a great food scene. Traditional Irish music can be heard in the village’s pubs, particularly in the summer months.   

The village is named after a castle constructed in the sixteenth century by Gregory Hoare, a local chieftain. The castle was destroyed during the Cromwellian wars in 1649. There are, however, a few stone fragments. One of these bears a mysterious inscription, and in the 1850s a tragic romantic (and completely fictitious)  story was invented about the castle, and which can be read here.

Glenteenassig

Nestled in a sheltered valley of the Slieve Mish mountains close to Castlegregory is the hidden gem of Glenteenassig Forest Park. With forest streams, lakes, waterfalls and dramatic cliffs there are also great views of Brandon & Tralee Bay and the Maharees. The Coillte run park is free to visit and has a selection of walks and picnic areas with good parking.

image of lough gill and boats

Lough Gill

This shallow freshwater lake is fed by the Killiney river and drains into Tralee Bay.  2.41km long and 0.8km wide the lake is populated with swans and ducks and fine brown trout which thrive in the alkaline waters. The area around the lake with sandy soil has a number of unusual plants.


Outdoor Activities

There are many activities to enjoy in Castlegregory Parish, including a superb 9 hole links golf course situated between the scenic Lough Gill and Brandon Bay, at Stradbally.

The area is renowned for windsurfing, surfing, kitesurfing, and diving. Families can enjoy the wonderful beaches and summer camps of water based activities, festivals and events. See water activities 

Castlegregory Brochure

Castlegregory Community have published a brochure with more information about activities, features and stories about this wonderful part of the Dingle Peninsula. The booklet /brochure is available from the Community office - click here to see the brochure in PDF format.

How to get to Castlegregory

Directions:

From Tralee - 25kms 27 mins drive: Take the N86 west. At Camp Junction continue straight on the R560. After 8kms Turn right to stay on R560 into Castlegregory Village.

Castlegregory - Directory

Directory links to related businesses, events and providers on the Dingle Peninsula