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Traditional Cottage recessed in the landscape,with stunning views, peaceful setting, cosy atmosphere

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Restored 19th century stone cottage with snug ambience in a rugged farm setting with magnificant view overlooking the sea. Safe for children. Private parking.

Located near to the N70 Ring of Kerry in an area of spectacular beauty. Within 5minute walk of safe swimming beach, traditional irish pub and a hotel. A short drive to Derrynane Blue Flag Beach which has achieved the highest standard in water quality, environmental management, safety and services.

The charming picturesque village of Caherdaniel with its fine restaurant, cafe and bars is just 1 mile.

Galvins Cottage is also located in an area of southwest Kerry which has been designated as a Dark Skies Reserve for its pristine skies, the first place in the Northern Hemisphere to receive such a designation. This means the magnificant night sky can be seen without it being affected by light pollution.

At Galvins you can chill out and relax or avail of the wide range of activities nearby including walking on the waymarked walking trails , swimming, watersports, horseriding, angling, golf.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Glanbeg 500 m
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 500 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Kerry 60 km, Nearest railway: Killarney 45 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking

The County Kerry region

County Kerry also known as The Kingdom is the closest thing to 'Heaven on Earth'. Helped by a temperate climate, even the Winters are mild, it is a striking panorama of rugged coastline, mountainous landscapes including Ireland's highest mountain range ' The Magillicuddy Reeks', sandy beaches,fauna and sub-tropical flora.

It has all the necessary elements for a wonderful and memorable holiday experience. It is rich in archaeological treasures and boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a number of National Parks.

It is a haven for giving children 'some close to nature experiences', writers,artists,musicians, botanists, watersport enthusiasts,walkers, anglers, golfers, cyclists.

It's people are genuinely warm, friendly and hospitable.


Galvins Cottage is situated in the Skellig Region, an area of stunning views,diverse landscapes, rugged coastline, rolling hills and golden beaches. The area is renowned for its heritage sites the most noted being the Skellig Rocks UNESCO World Heritage Site,the larger island Skellig Michael is the world's finest example of an early Christian monastic settlement dating back to the 6th or 7th century, the smaller island Little Skellig is home to thousands of Gannets, Puffins, Guillemats and Cormorants.There are a number of locally licensed boats operating trips to the rocks. Other sites worth visiting is Staigue Fort an example of an ancient stone fort near Castlecove, Ogham stones or early christian settlements dotted around the region.

At Valentia the 365 million year old footprints of a tetrapod can be seen.

Derrynane House and National Park, 3Kms from Gorteen,once home of the great parliamentarian and barrister Daniel O'Connell, now a museum set in magnificent gardens is ideal for children and adults to explore. You can finish off with a cup of coffee, lunch or snack in the tea rooms attached to the house which offer a fantastic selection of home cooked food.

Other local activities:


Children and adults alike can enjoy a variety of sandy beaches and safe swimming in clean clear waters all within easy reach of Gorteen.



Derrynane Seasports at Derrynane Harbour offers Canoeing, Windsurfing, Watersking, Dingy Sailing.

Seafari Kenmare:


Sea Angling can be enjoyed from the headlands, cliffs and sheltered bays in the area.

For Game Angling Lough Currane near Waterville is one of Irelands great game fishing loughs and is famous for its spring salmon and large sea trout.


The regions clean, uncrowded and temperate waters containing rich marine life has many sites suitable for experienced and beginner divers.

Around the Skellig rocks are two sites rated among the Top 20 Classic Dive Sites in the World which feature the wreck of a decommissioned naval ship. Water temperatures range from about 10degrees C in Spring to 16degrees C in early Autumn.


Whatever your level of fitness you will find a walk to suit you in this region. A network of trails have been developed the best know being the The Kerry Way made up of paths, green roads and along surfaced roads.In addition to these trails there are guided walks provided by guides and activity centres in the area as well as a number of walking festivals throughout the year. Maps and guide books are available from the local Tourist Offices.

Alternatively enjoy a stroll or brisk walk on Derrynane beach and Sand dunes.

In short the area is a walkers paradise no matter what time of year.

Horseriding and pony treking is available at Eagle Rock Equestrian Centre in Caherdaniel 2Kms.


The visitors view of Ireland is very often encaptured in the Ring of Kerry, adjacent to Gorteen and its hidden gem the Skellig Ring, where the drive over St. Finians Bay is particularly spectacular, with their dramatic coastlines, spectacular scenery, colourful towns and villages and ancient heritage sights. Similarly the Rings of Beara and Dingle.

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23 Aug 2014


"Very nice view, nice beds, good shed with washer and drier."

Derrynane House nearby, Seasports also! It is a very good basis for sightseeing the Western part of the Ring of Kerry. A five minutes private walk way takes you up even higher to enjoy the view!… More

1 Jul 2014


"Great location but tired property"

The cottage itself is up a long winding road, with a beautiful view across to the sea. However, to access the perfect beach cove you need to walk along a busy main road with no pavement which takes ab… More

9 Apr 2014


"Lovely Cosy Stay in brilliant Location, nice and private yet walking distance to shop and pub!"

We have stayed here, two adults and two kids, 3 times now. Galvins is a great cottage, roomy open plan downstairs with kitchen and living room, a separate outhouse has washing machine and tumble dryer, perfect self catering base for the Iveragh pennisula and the Ring of Kerry. The cottage is set up the hill and away from the road so is very safe for young kids. The shop 10 mins walk away has everything, plus tourist information, and O'carrols Beach bar is 20 mins walk away and is very kid friendly and serves great food too. A splendid way to stay and visit the amazing Kerry Atlantic coast with Derrynane, Caherdaniel, Glenbeg, Castlecove, all on your doorstep!

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