The October long weekend is fast approaching, and this year the club is heading to the lovely village of Ballinskelligs. The village is just off the Ring of Kerry, and close to the town of Waterville. For chocolate lovers, it is close to the Ballinskelligs Chocolate factory.
We have booked a limited number of rooms for three nights October 27/28/29th at the Ballinskelligs Hostel, both twin and triple rooms. The cost for the weekend is €80, which includes food for breakfast, pack lunches, and snacks.
If you wish to secure a place, places will be on sale at next Sunday’s walk to Gougane Barra. Places will also be on sale on Wednesday next 18th Oct in Counihans. Alternatively you may pay it to either Greg O’Hare or Anthony O’Sullivan anytime. (organisers)
Officially Baile an Sceilg (Irish for “Place (village) of the craggy rock”), is a Gaeltacht village in the south-west of the Iveragh peninsula (Uíbh Ráthach) in County Kerry, Ireland. The townland is in the Civil Parish of Prior and was in the Poor law union of Cahersiveen.
Baile ’n Sceilg (in Irish) is a Gaeltacht region, where you can hear Irish spoken by the locals. It’s taught in the schools and is promoted in order to maintain its rich heritage and history. You can take courses here in the summer.
There is something here for everyone. Swimming and surﬁng, gentle strolls along the beaches, adventure hikes on our hills and glens, ﬁshing from beaches and boats, cycling around the Skelligs Ring, drinking and dining in our pubs and cafe’s and boat trips to Skellig Michael, the UNESCO World Heritage site.
“a spiritual retreat that will leave you refreshed and invigorated, and the perfect place for a family holiday by the sea.”
The rock(s) referred to in the village’s Irish name are the Skellig Islands—Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. These lie off the coast from Ballinskelligs and are the site of an ancient monastic colony.
The town is also the site of a beach, the ruins of Ballinskelligs Priory of Augustinian Canons Regular, and the remains of Ballinskelligs Castle.