Portmagee, from the Irish “An Caladh” meaning “The Ferry”, is a lovely fishing village on the tip of the Iveragh peninsula, just off the Ring of Kerry.
The village is the departure point for trips to the Skelligs Islands, the home of preserved monastic settlements from the 6th century and experiencing newly-gained fame from featuring in the Star Wars film franchise.
There are a number of activities in the area, such as deep sea and shore angling, watersports, sailing, walking, and cycling, with a number of attractive trails.
Portmagee is also popular with birdwatchers, with the countless birds along the rugged coastline adding to the natural beauty of the area.
The name Portmagee comes from Captain Theobald Magee, a notorious 18th-century smuggler. Having been an army officer, Magee retired to a life of merchant shipping between Europe and Ireland, trading in contraband spirits, textiles and tea, and tobacco.
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