Scart House is just 300m from the foreshore

Located on the shores of the Kenmare Bay just a few hundred yards from the ocean, Scart House and the surrounding area offers an abundance of opportunities for the fishing and watersports enthusiast.

Mackerel, pollack, cod and wrasse are all to be found on your doorstep and will provide fun for all ages as well as a hearty, healthy supper.

Sea fishing trips can be arranged from the local pier at Westcove (2.5km/1.5 miles) with local fisherman, Ray Cushe (+353 877809286). Ray is able to accommodate the whole of Scart House (maximum of 8 guests) and will take you fishing and touring.

If you feel like going further afield, fishing trips out to the Skellig Islands are easily arranged and offer an even wider variety of species (get in touch with John O'Shea at Skellig Tours).

The port of Valentia, a short drive away, is home to a small fleet of commercial fishing vessels and numerous deep-sea Atlantic fishing excursions operate from here. Some recommended providers are Murphy's Atlantic Angling and Wild Atlantic Boats.

Valentia is also the main port of call for trips to the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Skelligs. These tours fill up fast (even before the season opens) so do book early if you can. Visiting Skellig Michael is a truly memorable experience.

- www.skelligtours.com (Run by John O'Shea and departs from Derrynane pier (5km from Scart House) or Westcove (2km) on request.

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www.skelligmichaelcruises.com

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If coarse or fly fishing is more your ‘line’, there are abundant opportunities to fish for salmon, trout and sea trout in the vicinity, including the beautiful Lough Currane at Waterville which provides a selection of specimen fish every season. See here for providers. Experienced ghillies and boat hire can be arranged by request.

A short drive inland to Killarney brings you to the famous Killarney lakes of Lough Leane and Muckross, formerly firm favourites of the Victorian gentry and perfect spots to enjoy a day trout fishing in the company of a colourful local guide.

JMM Killorglin also arrange fishing in some of Ireland's finest waters - experience the thrill of fishing for Atlantic wild salmon, sea-trout and native brown trout. They can also arrange bass fishing - a wonderful experience from either rocky shore or pristine beach.

The sheltered nature of the Kenmare bay makes it the ideal arena for watersports. Less than five miles away at Derrynane you will find sailing, waterskiing, windsurfing, paddle-boarding and much more (visit www.derrynaneseasports.com), allowing you to appreciate this iconic Wild Atlantic coastline from the ocean itself.

Kayaks and canoes are a perfect, peaceful way to enjoy the pristine marine environment, from the seals to the wide variety of sea birds that call this area home. Both can be rented locally, or if you are looking for the ultimate aquatic chill-out, why not take a tour in a motorised kayak?

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