With Museums, Historic Sites, Restaurants, Accommodation and long sandy beaches all packed into Ventry or Fionntrá in gaelic, this is a Gaeltacht region located in County Kerry, Ireland.
Located on the Dingle Peninsula, 7 kilometres west of Dingle, the village of Ventry was once the main port of the Dingle Peninsula. Due to its long sandy beach, Ventry is now a popular tourist destination.
Six kilometres west of Ventry are the ruins of Dunbeg (An Dún Beag), an Iron Age promontory fort on the edge of a steep cliff. Near Dunbeg is Kilvickadownig, home to other archeological ruins, including examples of the beehive house and the grave of Caol or Cháil Mic Crimthainn, the last to die in the Battle of Ventry from the well-known Fenian Cycle myths.
A site of interest in Ventry parish is Rahinnane Castle, which was the residence of the Knight of Kerry. The Knight of Kerry lived there until Cromwellian times. The castle was built on the site of an old ringfort.
The ringfort was built up and a second added with walls of six metres (20 feet), giving the appearance that there may have been a moat, although there never was.
Rahinnane Castle still has its very tiny, narrow, stone stairs, from the first to second floors, which must be carefully climbed.
Ventry is on the Dingle Peninsula and a must see to experience dingle.