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Fenit Walk Cover Heritage Week 2023

Fenit - A Walk in the Wild Place

  • Co. Kerry

On the Wild Atlantic Way, Fenit village and surrounds look out on the iconic Little Samphire Island Lighthouse. Where the peninsular village of Fenit meets Tralee Bay, your gaze is drawn to the impressive 800-meter pier extending into Tralee Bay. Fenit port and marina are located at the end of the pier, as is a towering commemorative statue to Saint Brendan the Navigator who was reportedly born on Fenit Island in 484 A.D. From Fenit there are breathtaking views of Tralee Bay, Barrow Harbour, Fenit Island, the Maharees, the Slieve Mish Mountains, Brandon Range, Kerry Head and more. Sheltering and feeding in the area (Tralee Bay, Blennerville and outlying estuaries) is one of the largest waterbird communities in the country among them light-bellied Brent Geese who winter in the area from their Canadian artic breeding ground. Beneath the bay waters lies one of the last refuges in Europe to White Skate and Angle Shark, and home to one of Europe’s only native oyster beds. There are the dunes of the Fenit Island Tombolo and a coastal wilderness of saltmarshes, seagrass lawns, sandflats, and other coastal habitats. Ancient ringforts dot the landscape. In the distance on Caherconree Mountain is the Fort of Cú Roí (the highest stone promontory fort in Ireland). Fossils adorn the coastal rocks and stories of royal thrones, smugglers caves, banshee bridges and castle ghosts abound. Enjoy the natural, built and cultural heritage. Enjoy a walk in the wild place!

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Trisha O'Halloran, Fenit, County Kerry

Fenit - A Walk in the Wild Place - National Heritage Week 2023

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