The many trees planted by the Fitzgerald’s in the 18th century, give the area an
unusual tamed, sylvan character which contrasts with the wild stretches of windswept coast to come. The two coves that are signposted in the village are the Stradbally Cove with its sandy beach which is ideal for families while the rugged Ballyvooney Cove is spectacularly set under a dramatic headland.
Also signposted in the village is the Church of Ireland church in the grounds of which is a substantial ruin of the largest medieval church in rural Ireland. It contains a fortified presbytery which was probably built for protection during the disputes between the Powers and Fitzgerald’s, whose boundary lands ran through the area. Within the church are some important grave stones one has an incised skull and cross bones and dates from 1717 and another ledger style stone is thought to date from the late 14th century. Lying against the north wall is a very old inscribed stone which dates between the 8th and 16th centuries. Take a stroll along the breathtaking beaches and gaze upon the beautiful coastline. The scenery will take your breath away.
If you enjoy walking, you can follow a variety of ‘Slí na Sláinte’ routes, ranging from easy 40 minute walks to 6 km walks. Follow this link for more details: Slí na Slánte Walking Routes.