Derrynane House, situated on the tip of the Iveragh Peninsula at Caherdaniel in County Kerry, is the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847) one of the great figures in modern Irish history.
Today some 120 hectares (300 acres) of the lands of Derrynane, together with Derrynane House, make up Derrynane National Historic Park, under the management of the Office of Public Works. The House was officially opened to the public as a museum commemorating Daniel O’Connell by President Eamon De Valera in August 1967 and the surrounding Park was officially declared open by President Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh in August 1975 to mark the 200th anniversary of O’Connell’s birth.
The lands are rich in natural and cultural heritage, with a unique combination of archaeology, architecture, horticulture, and ecology. The property offers a range of facilities including parking, tea-rooms, gardens, public toilets, tour guides and an audio-visual room.
Derrynane National Historic Park has 1.5km of shoreline including a Blue Flag beach. The dunes and coastal area contain rare animal and plant species including Natterjack Toads and the Kerry Lily. The beaches are used for swimming, water sports, walking and pony-trekking. There are a variety of trails throughout the grounds, including a section of the Kerry Way, a Seashore Nature Trail and a Mass Path.
Derrynane, being a family friendly property, is a very popular tourist destination attracting over 200,000 visitors annually. Derrynane House and National Historic Park is a Discovery Point on Failte Ireland's highly successful Wild Atlantic Way route.