Located on the coast between Waterville and Sneem on the Iveragh Peninsula, Caherdaniel is a small village overlooking Derrynane Bay. Caherdaniel (or "Cahair Donall" in Irish) means Donall's stone ringfort, this stone fort is located on the Kerry Way trail that runs north of the village. The village of Caherdaniel is famous for its beautiful blue flag beaches. The blue flag is awarded to beaches that are clean and safe for swimming they will usually during summer months have a lifeguard on duty. Your Kerry tour should include these beaches which are great for horse riding on, swimming, walking and water-sports.
The village has a number of eateries to choose from, from fine dining to great pub grub. There is an art gallery in the village that is a great rainy day activity. If you are staying in the area you can choose from budget conscience hostel, to self-catering cottages or hotels and B&Bs.
Caherdaniel's coppermines, in the mountains behind the village show evidence of settlement in the area going back to 2000BC. The mines can be still seen if you take a hill walk on the Kerry way. For history buffs you can also visit nearby Staigue Fort. This is a very impressive fort, largely intact is the largest pre-Christian stone fort in Ireland overlooking the sea. The fort is over 2,000 years old and encloses a space of 30 yards, it would have been built to safeguard the inhabitants and their livestock in times of trouble.
Caherdaniel has a wide range of quality accommodation to suit all budgets, ranging from hotels and bed & breakfasts to hostels and self catering accommodation. Caherdaniel has a nice variety of pubs which are well worth a visit on a warm summers evening or a cold winters one!.
For diners there are a selection of restaurantsOne of the best ways to enjoy the local scenery is by foot there are local walks through forests, woodland and by the river. The Kerry Way, a marked trail also runs through the town or take a nature trail around the grounds of Derrynane National Park. This impressive park was once overseen by Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell – hero to the Irish people and known as the liberator. The house stands on 120 hectares of parklands on the scenic Kerry coast. The house which has a small café, is now a small museum displaying many relics of O'Connell s life and career. The park itself is home to many rare types of plants. On one of your walks you might catch site of the white-tailed eagle which has been reintroduced to Kerry.