The famed Kerry Way Walking Route meanders throughout the area and offers a choice of gentle leisurely strolls or more energetic hill walks – all with stunning views over Kenmare Bay.
The Kerry Way is one of the longest walking trails in Ireland. It is 215km long (135 miles) in total. If you wish to walk the entire Kerry Way allow yourself about 9 days and it is broken down into 9 different stages.
From Wave Crest you can connect to the Kerry Way from the village and head for Waterville or Sneem.
- Horse riding lessons are available locally.
- Beach trekking both for beginners and advanced riders.
A short walk to the left from Wave Crest is Eagle Rock Equestrian Centre which caters for all ages and experience. Why not call to Caroline at the centre and book a pony treck on Derrynane beach, absolute bliss!
There is a rich heritage of fascinating archaeological sites in Kerry and especially in our local area – from the majestic prehistoric Staigue Fort to the proud Ogham stone at Derrynane. The area offers a wealth of sites such as forts, castles, prehistoric stone art and standing stones.
From Wave Crest take a right to Castlecove Village (3 miles, 4.5km). At the 50km speed limit sign take the left fork, pass the Staigue Fort Hotel straight on and you will arrive at the Fort.
Dating from 300-400 AD, Staigue Fort standing on a low hill is an Iron Age ring fort built as a defensive stronghold for a local lord or king. It is surrounded by an 8 meter wide ditch that is nearly 2 meters deep. The partly ruined fort walls are over 5 meters tall in places, just over 27 meters in diameter and entrance to the interior is through a 1.8 meter roofed passage. One of the most interesting features of the fort are the two small chambers at the doorway and stairways which run inside the wall and lead to narrow platforms on which the fort’s defenders would have stood. There is a visitor’s centre adjoining the site.
Derrynane House was the home of Daniel O’Connell who was a heroic figure in Ireland’s fight for independence. The house has been lovingly cared for and restored and is home to a museum and heritage centre. The gardens offer fabulous walks and have an incredible array of exotic trees and flowers and many subtropical plants. There is an audio visual presentation and guided tours are available on request.
From Wave Crest take a left to Caherdaniel Village (1 mile, 1.5km, a 20 minute walk). Take the left fork at the village crossroads and 1.5km down this road will bring you to the entrance of Derrynane National Park and the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, the Irish Liberator. On your left on the way down this road you will see the Derrynane Ogham Stone which was moved to its current position by the OPW in the 1940’s. It has an inscription that is difficult to decipher due to erosion. The stone was originally found part buried in the sands nearer the sea.
- Locally produced vegetables
- Home baking
- Bric a brac
Held in the local Village Hall every Friday during June – September and Christmas from 10.00am – 1.00 noon selling all sorts of local produce, home-baking, artwork and handcrafted items. Worth a visit.
Wave Crest enjoys a delightful coastal location on the Wild Atlantic Way so offers an incredible choice of stunning local Kerry beaches nearby. From the long golden sands at the blue flag beach at Derrynane to the pretty little beaches of Rath, White Strand and Silver Strand.
From Wave Crest take a left to Caherdaniel Village (1 mile, 1.5km, a 20 minute walk). Take the left fork at the village crossroads. Continue down this road for 1.5km. Derrynane Blue Flag Beach is located adjacent to Derrynane National Park. The Beach is a sheltered extensive sandy beach with a natural harbour (notorious as a port of call from smugglers in the 18th century) and is a great spot for swimming and water sport activities. This beach has a lifeguard during the summer season.
Three miles from Wave Crest just outside Castlecove Village you will find another secluded beach called White Strand.