Kerry Bog Village is located on the Ring of Kerry, between Killorglin and Glenbeigh on the N70 road. The only village of its kind in Europe, it is a recreation of a typical 18th century bog village and offers visitors insight into the precarious living that was made in Ireland at that time. It is a leading tourist attraction with spacious parking and a restaurant. As the visitor walks through the village, they get the scent of peat burning in the hearts of the picturesque thatched cottages, and the impression is created that they have genuinely entered a rural Irish burg from yesteryear.
Preserving the tradition
Ireland is making an effort to preserve such villages in tribute to their ancestors who performed the difficult but necessary work of cutting peat. Peat is soil with a high organic content and is found in marshy areas, which contain a high degree of concentrated decay of organic material. Plentiful rainfall and poor drainage contribute to the development of peat, which the townspeople cut and dry for use as fuel. Peat bogs originally covered 17 percent of Ireland, but over the centuries, agricultural practices have improved drainage, thus reducing the amount of land they occupy. The village highlights the skilled trades of inhabitants in a number of ways, in particular through the individual crafts of the builders. For example, the thatched roof of the thatcher's dwelling displays a skill that was valued in the creation of a comfortable, dependable home in the bog.
Opening Times and Admission
Kerry Bog Village is open to visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The adjacent Red Fox Inn offers snacks, meals, a full bar, traditional Irish music, and excellent Irish coffee, which is touted by tourists who blog their impressions of their trip to Bog Village. An entrance fee applies, see the official website for up to date information. Official Website Kerry Bog Village