Mannix Point Camping und Caravan Park
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“But for the magic that takes
you out, far out of this time and this world, there is
Skellig Michael, ten miles off the Kerry coast, shooting
straight up 700ft. sheer out of the Atlantic.” (George
This is the nearest camping and caravan park to the departure
points and you can book from here to land on Skelligs. Free
transport is available to and from the port for backpackers
Valentia is a special place, an island of great character
and beauty. For me, a combination of cycling and walking is
the best way to truly appreciate the island. It is accessible
in summer by ferry and throughout the year via a road bridge.
Be prepared to take your time. The island offers a wealth of
A walk to Ballycarbery, Leacanabuaile and Cahergal
There is a foreshore walk from Mannix Point
to an area known locally as “over-the-water”.
The walk offers many surprises. You may encounter seals and
otters and unusual species of birds. You will visit the ruin
of a castle from the 15th century and stone forts from the
6th century and have a break for a swim in one of the little
harbours on the way. If your interest is a challenging high
level walk there are plenty of mountains to choose from.
Maps and guides can be bought or borrowed at reception. You
may even like to join the local walking club for their Sunday
Cycling in Kerry
If you are planning a cycling holiday in Kerry
make sure that you have a copy of the “Ring
of Kerry Cycle Route”. The route is almost 70% independent of
the main road and much more enjoyable for cycling. Contact
me if you have difficulty getting one. I can help you to plan
cycling trips ranging from one hour to a whole day or longer.
I have many years of experience of catering for Venture Scouts,
Duke of Edinburgh Award Schemes and Expeditions. The following is
an extract from one of their reports:-
“Our entry into base camp was breathtaking. The setting exceeded
our wildest expectations. We had wanted a remote area suitable
for sea-canoeing and mountain exploration. Mannix Point was perfect.
The location suited all our requirements. The site bordered Valentia
Harbour, a natural archipelago of islands and rocks sheltering
us from the Atlantic and offering unique coastal exploration potential.
On all other sides were unspoilt mountain ranges.”G.