Welcome to Beaufort we are in Mid Kerry
Beaufort Parish is situated in the picturesque landscape of Mid-Kerry. It is surrounded by the majestic McGillycuddy Reeks which boasts Ireland highest mountain Carrauntoohil (3414 feet). McGillycuddy Reeks has many more notable peaks over 3000 feet high, makes this a must for Mountain climbers and hill walkers.
The main river of our Parish is the River Laune, famous for it’s brown trout and salmon fishing. This beautiful clean slow flowing river drains the Killarney Lakes and after a 14 mile course empties itself into Dingle Bay.
Tomies Wood, the oldest natural wood in Ireland/Europe. The finest native oak timber is found here. Various forms of plant and wildlife, and it is the home to the Sika and Red deer. It has also an bird life including a rare Chough, Peregrine Falcon & ‘wise’ Owls.
The windy Gap of Dunloe is on of the example of glacial creating a rugged beautiful landscape which is acknowledged the world over, and at its entrance stand the famous Kate Kearney’s Cottage. The Gap of Dunloe is home to the Greater Spotted Slug (native to Spain & Portugal) can be found, as well as the rare Killarney Fern.
Beaufort is also rich in heritage with recently mapped Ogham Stones, two Castle ruins, Dunloe Castle built in 1207. The ruins of two ancient churches still stand in Beaufort. One situated in Kilgobnet in O’Sheas Land associated with St. Gobnait, the other in Churchtown burial ground, this church is more than 5 centuries old.