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The Old Anchor Inn, Annascaul, Co Kerry, is an cozy B&B in the heart of the picturesque village of Annascaul in the centre of the Dingle Peninsula. All of our bright and airy rooms offer a high level of comfort even in an Inn that is almost two hundred years old. For walkers and fishing folk we have a drying room for the odd occasion that it might rain. All of our bright and airy rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities. Each room has a tv/dvd player, with an extensive dvd collection for your viewing pleasure in our lounge, we also have an eclectic range of reading material available

Annascaul Walking Festival 2017


This traditional walking festival takes place on the Irish October Bank Holiday Weekend which this year falls between Friday the 27th to Monday the 30th.
All fee entry walks include guides, transport if required and refreshments in Annascaul.
Friday 27th October
C Walk: Night Walk Tom Crean Trail, Start 7:30pm, Free.
Enjoy our night walk on the quiet rural Pound road with night views of the village and beautiful countryside. We will visit the final resting place of Tom Crean at Ballinacourty Graveyard.
Walk rating: Easy 5 km, 2 hours
Saturday 28th October
A Walk: Caherconree, Start 9 am
Caherconree is a majestic promontory fort which once was the summer residence of the King of Munster Cú Rí. The walk follows the marked route past the fort to the summit at 835m affording 360 degree views north to the Shannon estuary and west to the Blasket Islands. The return route is through the fort descending the steep green shoulder back to our start point.
Walk rating: Difficult 8km, 5 hours
B Walk: Macha na Bó, Start 10 am
Macha na Bó or “The pass of cows” is an age-old route linking Cloghane and Annascaul. The walk is a social history of farming life in the area with ancient homestead and field systems, bog cutting and wolf slaying.
Walk rating: Moderate 12 km, 4 hours
C Walk: Foot of the Hill Walk, Start 10:30 am
This loop walk begins in the village and crosses the parish’s first bridge at Sean droichead descending to the deep brooding corrie lake at Comdubh. The walk passes the birthplace of the sculptor, Jerome O’Connor and the resting place of the explorer Tom Crean.
Walk rating: Easy 11 km, 3 hours
Sunday 29th October
A Walk: Mount Brandon, Start 9 am
Mount Brandon is Kerry’s holy mountain and at over 3,000 feet is a must climb. The summit enjoys all four seasons in one day and offers jaw dropping views of the western edge of Ireland. The walk will start from Faha and finish at An Baile Breac.
Walk rating: Strenuous 11 km, 5 hours
B Walk: Acres Hill, Start 10 am
Acres Hill is one of three modest peaks forming the Doorah Range which stands on the edge of Dingle Bay. Acres Hill has a fragrant and rich vegetative cover and is climbed by following the sheep paths. The whole south coast of the peninsula provides the visible backdrop to this walk.
Walk rating: Moderate 9.6 km, 3 hours
C Walk: The Hidden Valley, Start 10:30 am
This is an archaeology walk tracing 4000 years of settlement from the Bronze Age cairn at Dromavally, through the Christian Ogham stones at Rathduff and then up to 21st century farm life.
Walk rating: Easy 7 km, 2½ hours
Monday 30th October
B/C Walk: Meelin Hill, Start 11 am
Monday’s walk is a marked loop walk with views of Inch Beach, Dingle bay and the lovely village of Annascaul nestling below us.
Walk rating: Easy 7.5 km, 3 hours
Register Early !! See our web site
To encourage you to use the online prepayment facility to register early, we will enter all online entries into a raffle for one guaranteed paid place on the 2018 Tom Crean Endurance Walk.
If you purchase a walk for Saturday and another for Sunday online you will have purchased a Weekend Pass and are eligible to enter the Monday walk for free.


Night At The Dogs

Annascaul GAA and Coiste na nOg are holding a fundraising event at Kingdom Greyhound Stadium on Saturday 9th September. The event is being organised to raise funds to upgrade and improve club facilities. Tickets will be available from Club members.

A raffle will held at our Night at the Dogs on 9th September. Some of the prizes to be won on the night include 2 tickets to see Nathan Carter in the INEC on New Years Eve; €100 voucher for Ashes Bar and Restaurant, Camp; €50 fuel voucher for Kellihers Agri, Tralee and a voucher for a massage treatment with Claire O’Driscoll Massage Therapy.

A bus has been organised for our Night at the Dogs on 9 September. The return fare will be €10, departure and return times will be confirmed closer to the date.
As seats are limited, prebooking is necessary. To book your seat please contact Rita Knightly, AFTER 5PM ONLY.

Stay tuned to their Facebook page for further details.


Annascaul Road Race 5th August

2017 Annascaul Road race, same route as the past two years.Date: Saturday, 5th August 2017.

Start Time: 11am. (Both 5km and 10km)

Registration: 8:30-10:30 am on the morning of the race at Annascaul Sports Hall.

Entrance Fee: €25 for 10km, €15 for 5km.(Max €50.00 for a family – Parent(s) and children)

Annascaul Celebrating Singing June 9th – 11th

Pull up a chair and bring your musical notes — Celebrating Singing 2017 is right around the corner! We are delighted to be able to present a weekend of musical sessions and workshops in the smallest, singingest event of the year. We are very excited to provide you with the best possible musical experience in the beautiful and cultural village of Annascaul in West Kerry. We will be providing more details about our line-up of events in the coming weeks, all of which are absolutely free!
So come out and enjoy the magic of music!

The Great Annascaul Walk on 30th April

The routes have been confirmed for the Great Annascaul Walk on 30th April.

Route A:

Leaving Annascaul GAA pitch by road to Coumduff village and on to Annascaul Lake (4km on road). Passing the Mass rock on the Maca na mBó track and onto Beenoskee (826m). South to the (locally named) giants grave on Ballinahunt mountain and onto (locally named) Cuchullain’s house. Descend onto Ballinahunt road (12km on mountain) and back to Annascaul GAA pitch. (4km on road) (Total 20km. 7hours) This is a Grade A walk, suitable for experienced walkers, and over 18s only. It will be guided by members of Annascaul Walks. All walkers must wear appropriate hiking boots (not trainers/runners) and must carry rain gear. Walkers are also encouraged to carry enough food and water to cover the duration of the walk.

Route B:

Following the famous Dingle Way from Camp Village to Annascaul. This route is 17km, with an ascent of 270m and should take 6.5 hours. This walk can be considered suitable for all the family. The route will commence at the Old School Camp can conclude in Annascaul Village. Walkers are advised to wear suitable footwear (trainers will be acceptable), carry rain gear and bring enough food and water for the duration of the walk.

Registration for both walks will take place at Annascaul GAA Pitch from 8am. Route B walkers will be transported to Camp to commence their walk. Route A entry fee is €30. Registration for route B is €20 for adults, €10 for children and €50 for a family.

Strictly No dogs allowed on either walk.

Both walks will be followed by refreshments in Hanafins Bar, Annascaul Village.