About Castlegregory, Kerry
Where Is It and Why Go There?
Castlegregory (Caisléan Ghriaire) is a picturesque village in Kerry, located on the north side of the Dingle Peninsula. A popular tourist area, the population expands dramatically with plenty of houses to rent in Castlegregory during the summer for tourists. It is situated midway between the popular towns of Tralee and Dingle. It is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland, surrounded by ancient and historic sites, beaches, walks, and plenty of tourist activities. It is close to the Maharees.
Castlegregory is named after the local Chieftain Gregory Hoare, who built a Castle here in the 1600’s. The castle was destroyed by Cromwell’s forces in 1650. The only remnant is the arch, which stands at the village SPAR supermarket.
The village is in the heart of tourism country in south Ireland. Our Castlegregory accommodation is surrounded by lengthy beaches and mountains, green fields and historic sites.
Castlegregory Accommodation: Plenty of Houses to Rent!
Check out things to do in Castlegregory and surrounding areas.
Castlegregory Historic & Significant Features
There is a supposed link between Castlegregory Castle and Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”. Gregory Hoare had a feud with a neighbour called Moore, but his son Hugh, married Moore’s daughter Ellen in 1566. After the weddings they returned to the castle but Gregory stood at the gate barring them from the Castle. Hugh pushed past him though and the unfortunate Gregory fell dead on the spot! But is doesn’t end there.
In 1580 some of General Arthur Grey, the Baron De Wilton’s army stayed at the castle on their way to besiege Dún an Óir. Ellen Hoare was furious at her husband housing and entertaining the enemy so she emptied the wines in the cellar onto the floor. When Hugh heard what happened he attacked her and stabbed her to death. Next morning he was summoned to appear before his overlords to answer a charge of murder, but he fell dead as he passed the exact place where his father had died 14 years earlier.
The castle was destroyed by Cromwell’s forces in 1650. The only remnant is the arch, which stands at the village SPAR supermarket.
Infrastructure and Services in Castlegregory Village
Castlegregory village is a fully functioning community in the heart of Kerry and as such, there is:
- Plenty of tourist focus with great facilities and plenty of holiday houses to rent in Castlegregory (but not as good as ours).
- Shops, incl Newsagents, local shops and supermarket
- Pubs (with daily food and regular music)
- Doctors Surgery
- Post Office
- Hair Dressers
- Petrol Pumps
- A Catholic church (check here for services)
- Tourist services (online here)
So, why not come to Castlgregory for your holiday. Its a great place to visit and there are plenty of houses to rent in Castlegregory.