Map & Travel Directions
First of all, Portmagee is in County Kerry, Ireland’s most beautiful county. Portmagee is the perfect base from which to explore the area’s amazing scenery and character. We are just 10 miles (16 kilometres) off the famous Ring of Kerry (N70), which runs right around the Iveragh peninsula. Take the R565 between the towns of Cahersiveen and Waterville, sign-posted to Portmagee and Valentia Island. Killarney, and its famed beauty are only just over an hour’s drive away.
How to get to Portmagee, County Kerry
Portmagee is easily reached by road, by rail (to Killarney) and by air to Shannon, Cork or Kerry Airport at Farranfore. There are flights every day from London and Dublin.
Where is the Moorings in Portmagee?
Portmagee is a very small village so we’re hard to miss. But, just in case, drive past the parking area beside the bridge to Valentia Island around the corner into the village’s main street. Drive past the Post Office on your right for about 50 yards, and you will see us on the left-hand side. Parking is available in front of the Moorings, on the right hand side by the water, and in the parking space at the rear of the building.
Driving to Portmagee
Part of the reason for why it might take longer to drive than you’re used to is the endless parade of breathtaking scenery on the way here, particularly on the Ring of Kerry, and also the fact that Irish pubs are exceptionally magnetic to local and tourist alike. Of course there aren’t too many autobahnen here either. If you are planning on driving, remember, Ireland is about enjoying where you are, not rushing to be somewhere else, so ease off the accelerator and enjoy the journey.
For driving directions to Portmagee visit www.theaa.ie/routes
Portmagee - a hidden gem off the Ring of Kerry in County Kerry
Portmagee is a little bit special. It’s often described as “a picturesque and sleepy little fishing village on the South Western most tip of the Iveragh peninsula, just off the Ring of Kerry”. It’s true but the description only touches on the more obvious charms of our seaside home.
Portmagee is within reach of a huge number of activities from golfing to diving, for which the area is justly famous.
We’re also the departure hub for trips to the amazing and awe-inspiring Skelligs Rocks, the home of preserved monastic settlements from the 6th century.
And this is just the jewel in a crown of beautiful scenery, historical sites and fascinating places to visit in the area.
Our past is far from sleepy as is amply demonstrated in the tale of how the village got its name – pirates, smugglers and political intrigue are all mixed up in it.
Our New Year celebrations, based on a unique 160 year old tradition have a colourful history attached.
We think that, after this tour, you’ll have a taste for why Portmagee is Kerry’s best kept secret and why you’ll simply have to come see for yourself.