Castle Cove, Co. Kerry, Munster, Republic of Ireland
Pier Cottage is idyllically situated one mile west of Castlecove, just off the famous Ring of Kerry. It is actually a pair of sensitively restored, old stone coastguard cottages overlooking its own shingle beach with panoramic views over the beautiful Kenmare estuary.
It can be rented throughout the year as two separate units or one interconnecting cottage.
Pier Cottage is on the waters' edge and immerses you in the wild natural beauty of Kerry. Ideal for all types of activities from hill walking to cycling or writing, it is also perfect for a quiet secluded break as you can swim, row or shrimp by the cottage or simply sit outside and watch the seals playing on the rocks and the magical, ever-changing light. As the sun sets over the Atlantic, you can nestle up by the fire, guarded against the elements and listen to the cries of the curlews … whilst you sip an Irish whiskey! If you have your own boat, there is slipway for launching it beside the pier and safe mooring in the little harbor. We also have a rowing boat (& life jackets) available for guests to use at their own risk.
All our visitors seem to agree that the unique, magical location of this cottage surpasses all their expectations – no description or photograph can do it justice! However, being only 30 metres from the very rocky seashore and close to the pier itself, Pier Cottage can be a hazardous choice for those with very young children – they would certainly need constant supervision.
The following is included in the rental:- Wi-Fi, electricity, fuel for open fire, bedding and towels.
West End sleeps up to 7 in three bedrooms.
East End sleeps 4 in one double & one twin bedroom.
Things You Should Know
In this beautiful county - known as 'the Kingdom of Kerry', - sandy bays alternate with cliffs & rocky headlands jutting into the wild Atlantic, while inland there are serene lakes, glens & river valleys carved during the ice-age. The scenery is constantly changing as cloud shadows move with the wind across the dramatic landscape. The colours are amazing! Patchworks of green/brown bog-lands dotted with purple heather and dancing white bog cotton, roads flanked with fuschia-clad hedgerows...then in winter deep purple mountains blend into rust/copper & even more dramatic skies & seas.
At any time of year, Westcove is an ideal base from which to explore. Travel the 'Ring of Kerry' inland to the town of Killarney with its magnificent lakes, parkland, lively restaurants, bars and shops. Each town/village you pass through will have its own 'festival' at some stage during the summer - such as Waterville's Charlie Chaplin festival, Cahersiveen's Celtic festival & Killorglin's Puck Fair (where a goat is crowned king for 3 days!).
Travel north to Kerry's Gaelic speaking Dingle peninsula & see it's most famous resident, Funghi, a wild bottlenosed dolphin who has made the bay his home. Travel south over spectacular mountain passes to Bantry Bay. A botanist's dream, the Kerry & West Cork area is dotted with wonderful tropical gardens, especially beautiful in May & June.
A boat trip to Skellig Islands, a Unesco World Heritage site is a must! Rising majestically from the sea, Skellig Michael towers 218m above sea level and on the summit of this awe-inspiring rock is you will find perfectly preserved beehive huts, part of a 6th century monastic settlement. On the spectacular Small Skelligs 23,000 pairs of gannet nest on every available ledge making it the second largest gannet colony in the world.