Annascaul Village is in some regards considered the gateway village to the Dingle Peninsula. The parish population is around 1500 people. The village has a pottery shop (handmade ceramics), two newsagents, lots of accommodation providers, one of which is a guest-house with café/restaurant.
For a small village, Annascaul pubs number six (at one time there was nine pubs in this small village, including the famous Dan Foley’s, now sadly shut down). Many of these pubs offer food, and often there is live music or some form of entertainment.
Tom Crean Antarctic Explore and Irish hero returned to the village after his adventures and opened the South Pole Inn. This pub is full of memorabilia and photos of Crean’s adventures and is a must see when visiting the village. Find out about Tom Crean.
Another person of immense interest but who is little know of, is Jerome Connor, Sculptor. Jerome spent his early years in the parish, and it is said he spent much of his time as a child chipping away as rocks with little hammer and chisel. After being educated in the Arts in Dublin, he later moved to America where he became a renowned and respected sculptor. He works are recognised masterpieces and several bronze pieces of his were gifted to Annascaul Village. Sadly they are not currently on exhibition but we hope to see them publicly again in the near future.
While the entire Dingle Peninsula is rich in history and archaeological sites of interest, Annascaul is truly a gem in the Kingdoms crown. It’s location on the peninsula means it is not only perfectly situated for visitors to use as a base camp for exploring the peninsula, but also North Kerry, and Killarney and much more of the county.
Annascaul has many beaches within a 10 minute drive including the popular Inch Beach, Minard Castle and beach, Bunineer, Dun Seanna and many more.
Annascaul Fairs and Festivals
For a small village, Annascaul sure does like to party!
- There are two Ballinclare horse fairs each year, said to be the oldest horse fair in Kerry.
- The local walking club also hosts an annual walking festival that has been seen many hundreds of visitors to the area enjoy both local and regional walks, both road and mountain. The club also have regular bi-weekly walks enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
- In recent years the Annascaul BeerFest has grown in popularity, and has raised many thousands of Euro to gift to community and local charities.
Annascaul village is in a valley, overlooked by a glacier lake. The river that flows through the village (The River Of Shadows) is sourced in the crystal pure waters of the lake. The area is rich in archaeological sites including several standing stones, ring forts and cairns. Due to the natural beauty of the area, it is popular with many visitors who enjoy:
- looped road walks
- hill and mountain walks
- landscape painting
- light aircraft flight
- and more
- Without knowing something about this pretty little village, it would be easy to just drive through it on your way to Dingle or Killarney. However, many of those who do stop and find out a little about the area, soon realise why many believe it to be a jewel in the peninsulas crown.