This week Aisling, our Sales & Marketing Manager is delighted to give her top 3 activities to do around the Tralee area!
Tralee Lee Valley Walk
Starting Point: The Rose Hotel
End Point: The Rose Hotel
Starting from the steps of The Rose Hotel turn left onto the Dan Spring Road until you reach the Aqua Dome. The Ballyard Fountain is ahead of you. Continue straight on at fountain and proceed a distance of about 50 m along the footpath to the Basin of the Tralee Ship Canal. You will be crossing the busy Tralee-Dingle Peninsula Road (N86) so exercise caution. Cross the road to the footpath on the opposite side and follow the canal basin around to the start of the walkway.
This is a leisurely walk along the tow path of the Tralee Ship Canal (1832-46). It affords you beautiful views of the Slieve Mish mountains. At weekends, members of Tralee Rowing Club can be seen training on the canal. As you approach Blennerville, there is a small lake on your right, known locally as the swan pond. As you can see it is home to a variety of bird species, not just the mute swan.
You will exit the Canal bank walk at Blennerville. You have the option here of continuing a further 500 m to the Lock Gates where the Canal enters Tralee Bay and onto the extended North Kerry Way but this route takes you over the metal Swing Bridge and Blennerville Road Bridge. Keep on the right-hand footpath. Pause for a moment to take in the beautiful views of Tralee Bay and Blennerville Windmill, the largest working windmill in Ireland which is now a visitor attraction. Blennerville was developed by the Blennerhassett family in the 18th century and served as the main port of emigration from County Kerry to North America during the Great famine (1845-50). Use the pedestrian crossing to cross to the other side of the road.
The return route to Tralee takes you down Kearney’s Road, parallel to the railway line and the Tralee Bay Nature Reserve, an internationally renowned wildlife habitat. It is one of only five such reserves in Ireland specifically protected by the Ramsar Convention. The entire nature reserve extends east and west of Blennerville Bridge and comprises some 755 ha of estuarine mudflats an important breeding ground for migratory birds. You are sharing the route with motor traffic, though while infrequent exercise due care. You will cross a tributary of the river Lee at about 500m from Blennerville. Continue up the slight incline until you reach Healy’s Cross where you will be turning left back to Tralee.
The last section takes you down the tree lined Ballyard Hill back to the Aqua Dome where you will follow the main road back to The Rose Hotel.
A spin around Tralee
Starting Point: The Rose Hotel
End Point: The Rose Hotel
Start this route at the back of The Rose Hotel turn left and join the River-side path at the back of the hotel until it’s conclusion in a garden type area close to Lidl. Take a right and then a 2nd left down the picturesque Caherweesheen. Continue through the cross-roads and out on the winding road past stables, agricultural fields, the back of the rugby club and alongside and over the local meandering rivers and brooks.
Take a right turn at the Scotia’s Grave/Short Mountain cross roads and proceed on a wooded and very country road towards Blennerville. To reach the village with the famous windmill keep to the right and just beyond the s-bend take a right turn onto Curragraigue and proceed past the local GAA sports field (St Pats) to the main N86 (Tralee – Dingle road). The option is to take a left and pop into O’Shea’s for a snack or continue right past the windmill and over the mouth of the River Lee and the canal. Once over both bridges take a left turn onto the canal path and proceed to the lock gates at Cockershell beach. Follow the road around and proceed back travelling parallel along Whitewall to Lohercannon. Take a right at the junction and follow the road around to the entrance back on to the canal path.
Follow the canal back towards Tralee and its Marina. On leaving the Marina take a left and follow the road over the mini roundabout near Strand St and proceed along Matt Talbot Rd to the lights. A left at the lights will see you cycling up a slight incline for a mile towards the Fenit/Ballyheigue direction. Take a right at the round-about at O’Donnells and another right onto the Fenit – Tralee greenway. This path is the phase one of the proposed greenway to the seaside resort laying 13km west of Tralee. The next section is downhill and on traffic free paths. Cross Upper Rock St and continue on the final stretch as far as Oakpark Road. Take a right turn proceed through the lights and across the next set of lights towards and into St Johns Church. Follow the road around to the right, through a parking lot, before turning left onto Denny St and back to the Ashe Memorial and the Town Park.
Tralee Gas, Bicycles and Nursery Supplies
(066) 712 2018
€15 per bike including helmet and bike lock
Collection from the store to ensure correct size and drop off at The Rose Hotel
The Golf Doc
Distance from The Rose Hotel: 3.3km
Family Golf Lesson: €50 (2 adults & 2 children) includes golf clubs hire
Length: 45 minutes
Driving Bay: €7 per bucket includes golf club hire
Learn a new sport together as a family with the Golf Doc himself, James O’Dowd! James is well known for his passion and heritage in golf, no doubt by the end of the lesson you will be getting the swing of it!
The Golf Doc Driving Range, Golf Academy and Pro Shop provides golf equipment, equipment repairs and apparel, with driving bay facilities, hi-tech lighting, putting & chipping greens and refreshments.
Pre-booking is preferred, please call 086 4141321