One of the main attractions of Annascaul is the story of Tom Crean and the South pole Inn. Crean was born in 1977 in Gortacurraun. In 1983 he choose what was then a common career option in and around Annascaul – and enlisted in the Royal Navy. In 1901 commander Robert Scott an route to Antarctica, called into New Zealand to refit his ship Discovery. Crean volunteered and was accepted for the trip.It would be the first of three major expeditions for the young Kerryman. Though his name appears rarely on the records of that first expedition,Crean made his mark with Scott.
Annascaul walks is a small friendly walking club in the heart of the Dingle Peninsula, where brooding mountains, stunning coastlines and fast flowing rivers provide magnificent year round walking. The club embodies the adventurous spirit the friendly humour and the co-operative nature of Annascaul’s famous son, Tom Crean the antarctic explorer.
The club holds two scheduled walks each Sunday, meeting at Hanafins bar on the main street. We extend a warm welcome to individuals and clubs of all ages and abilities to join us on one of our walks or to follow one of the many trailed walks in the area.
For more details on the walks, plenty of photos or to join, check out the website.
Inch Beach by night
Inch Beach is one of the most picturesque beaches on the Dingle Peninsula in Co.Kerry and is a really beautifull place to learn to surf. It is a blue flag beach that runs literally for miles. Three miles of sandy beach, for bathing, surfing, sea angling. Inch Strand was chosen by David Lean as the beach location for “Ryan’s Daughter”. The film “Playboy of the Western World” was shot entirely at Inch.
Inch is roughly 30 minutes from both Dingle and Killarney and 45 mins from Tralee, But more importantly only a 5 minute drive from Annascaul.
We always tell people the best time to drive to Slea head is in the evening. This is so for a few reasons. The traffic is quieter (very little coaches and heavy vehicles. Also the long Irish summer evenings (Its bright up until about 10 most evenings these days). Watching the sun set on Dunquin pier is just magic.
Its still early in the season so I decided to take advantage of the bright sunny morning and head to Inch beach for a walk. Beata kindly offered to cook breakfast and look after our 8 guests. The road behind our house leads up the ‘Maum’ (meaning mountain pass) as its known locally and down the winding roads to Inch. I love walking this way because my own grandfather was born in a small cottage on the top of the hill, and often think this is what he would have spent his youth doing. The walk takes about 45 – 50 minutes from Annascaul Village to Greenes Cafe Bistro at the Old Strand Hotel at Inch.
Annascaul Pottery was founded in the middle of the 1970’s by Monica and Niall Phelan.
Monica set up her workshop in the garage at the old rectory in Annascaul that Niall restored from near ruin over the years. Monica’s work was always brush decorated and highly individual.
As the business grew the workshop eventually moved to a premises in the heart of Annascaul village in the mid 1980’s; Niall opened the Dingle shop about this time.
As the years passed the next generation worked in the business and eventually Monica moved on to a career in Art and Zac took over.
Today he continues the spirit of what started over a quarter of a century ago,