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Tarbert is the Gateway to the Kingdom of Kerry. Our location on the Shannon Estuary with its scenic surroundings allows for many activities to suit all interests.

Tarbert Island Maritime Club takes advantage of Tarbert Bay’s natural amenities for maritime pleasure activities. There is a large membership of varying age groups whose interests vary from competitive sailing to leisure activities including sailing, rowing,
swimming and angling. As part of the facilities of the Club tuition is arranged by demand in Seamanship, Sailing, Rowing, Canoeing, Power Boat operation and Swimming.

Angling is a popular activity at Tarbert. Pier Fishing – Shore Fishing & Sea Angling are enjoyed by many locals and visitors alike. There are Sea Angling Charters available out of Tarbert Pier.

Dolphin Watch. The Shannon Estuary is a recognised breeding ground for Dolphins and Dolphin Watch Tours operate out of Tarbert Pier by prior arrangement.

Scattery Island which is now under the protection of the Bord of Works is an uninhabited Island on the Shannon. The island was once a Monastic Settlement and there are Church – Round Tower and House ruins still there. There is also a Napoleonic Battery and Lighthouse. Day Trips to Scattery Island can also be arranged out of Tarbert or Kilrush.

Tarbert Bay and its Mud Flats are a Bird Watchers paradise. The Bird Hide provided by Tarbert Development Association provides a magnificent location for such a hobby. Access to the Bird Hide is available to locals and visitors alike. If you prefer to stroll along the Island Road which skirts the bay or if you take the Woodland Walk you are afforded the opportunity to Bird Watch at your leisure. Tarbert Development Association and Birdwatch Ireland have held Dawn Chorus Walks for the past couple of years and these have proved popular with all age groups.

The John F. Leslie Woodland Walk which overlooks Tarbert Bay is very popular. The walk is 6.1 km and takes approximately 1 hour. The Flora of the woods is ever changing and every season is a beauty in itself. Since the walk was developed a large number of Trees have been identified and tagged. There is a great variety of Birds & Butterflies to be seen in the Woods and along the Bay. Points of interest on the Woodland Walk includes:
• Tarbert Bridewell.
• Memorial to the Drowning victims.
• Tarbert House
• Tarbert Bay View
• Tarbert Piers.
• Walled Garden
• Bird Information Board

The Shannon Way. For the more adventurous walker offers a 21 mile (35 km) country walk between Ballybunion & Tarbert. Beginning in the Seaside Resort at Ballybunion, it winds its way up to the top of Knockanore (altitude 267 m). Because of its isolated location the Flat countryside, Knockanore offers wonderful panoramic views of all the neighbouring counties from Cork to Galway. From here the walk passes through bogland filled with heathers, grasses and mosses, through farmland as far as the village of Ballylongford and on to Saleen Pier which is close to the Historical Lislaughtin Abbey and onward through farmland in Sallow Glen. The Sandes Family were landed gentry in this area and it is along the wide carriageway to their mansion that the path now passes. The Shannon Way finishes with the delightful John F Leslie Woodland Walk.

Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse & Jail. Tarbert Bridewell was built in 1831 and its elegant cut limestone exterior stands as a tribute to the fine craftsmen of the early 19th century.

For more than 100 years it served as a Courthouse & Jail. The Courthouse was used for the dispensing of justice and the cells and yards for the temporary confinement of prisoners prior to removal to the County Jail in Tralee.

The Bridewell has a Coffee Shop & Gift Centre and hosts many events – Musical evenings – Weekly Whist Drive – Singing Classes – Art exhibitions.

Today Tarbert Bridewell Visitor Centre features the entertaining and Historically Informative Exhibition which depicts rough justice in 19th Century Ireland. It also Houses an exhibition on the life & works of Thomas McGreevy the famous Tarbert Poet.

Shannon Car Ferry. The Ferry links Tarbert with Killimer in Co Clare. This Ferry Service is now a vital part of everyday life in North Kerry and is a great asset to people living in and visiting Tarbert. It is a Tourist Link for sightseeing day trips to both counties the crossing takes approximately 20 minutes. Day trips to Clare would take in Kilkee, Lahinch, The Cliffs of Moher, Ailwee Caves and the Burren. Golf Courses in Clare include Lahinch & Doonbeg. The Ferry is also used by commercial traffic and busses.

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Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse & Jail, Tarbert, Co Kerry.
Telephone/Fax: 068 36500 • Email:: tarbertbridewell@eircom.net