Beaches around Cahersiveen
The locality boasts excellent safe swimming from the sheltered sandy beaches. Cuas Crom and The Whitestrand are two of the most popular beaches in the Cahersiveen area and are renowned as locations for great swimming. They are both situated slightly north of Cahersiveen and are situated 3 miles west from the town by driving over the bridge beside the Cahersiveen Heritage Centre (The Old Barracks).
Cuas Crom is situated in a sheltered cove free from ocean currents and is noted for its excellent swimming conditions. The annual Christmas Day Charity Swim takes place here and is takes someone very brave hearted to face into the freezing Atlantic ocean.
The Whitestrand is a large sandy Blue Flag beach located in a designated natural heritage area. The name ‘Whitestrand’ comes from the soft white sand that covers the beach. On a clear day beautiful views of Valentia Island can be seen from the beach. There are various swimming camps held here during the summer for children.
Slightly further a field is beautiful Kells Bay. It is situated on the Kerry Way, only a 15 minute drive from Cahersiveen and you can enjoy wonderful views of the Dingle peninsula. Kells is old fishing village and you can see fish being brought in by the fishermen. This quaint, picturesque inlet is a sheltered sandy Blue Flag beach and is the perfect place for a family beach trip. A breakwater keeps the sea calm and makes sure that there are no strong currents or waves. The whole area is rich in flora and fauna and is both a Special Area of Conservation and Natural Heritage site.
Watersports in Caherciveen
Caherciveen is the ideal spot to enjoy all the wonderful water sports that Kerry has to offer. The Caherciveen Marina and Water Activity Centre is a centre for water sports and sailing, you can experience all types of conditions suitable for everyone from beginners to professionals. The Gulf Stream waters of the Atlantic wash through the naturally-formed Valentia harbour, creating a safe haven in all weather conditions. The sailing conditions are ideal especially for cruise sailing and sailing courses are available for those wanting to learn the ropes.
The safe and sheltered harbour of Derrynane provide coves and inlets that are perfect to explore in a canoe or with a snorkel and mask. If the surf is up on any Caherciveen beach then hire a surf board or a body board and hit the waves. If you dream of learning to sail, windsurf, water-ski or wakeboard then the enclosed harbour of Derrynane provides the perfect spot for some instruction from a qualified instructor who will have you riding the waves in no time!
The safe Blue Flag Ballinskelligs Beach is another place that is perfect for swimming. The beach is a popular spot for high-octane water-sports such as surfing, kite surfing and water skiing. It also caters for those who would rather relax by taking a gentle stroll along the mile of golden sand on the shore.