A interesting oppurtunity has come to the market on the Dingle Peninsula in Co Kerry. An area of outstanding natural beauty within Tralee Bay, this is a large block of valuable nature reserve.

The holding is the 263.3ac Derrymore Island and it is being sold by joint agents McQuinn Consulting and Brady Group by private treaty. The guide price is €1m.

The land is 10km west of Tralee, just off the N86 main Tralee to Dingle road. It is 37km from Dingle.

The lands is in one block and is a mixture of good cattle grazing, rough grazing, saltmarsh, beach front and sea. There is vehicle access from the mainland via the carpark on Derrymore Beach.

Tourism opportunities

The land is at sea level, resulting in the movement of tides causing irregular shaped compound spits on parts of the island.

The island is part of the Tralee Bay Nature Reserve, as designated by the National Parks and Wildlife Services. The island is also designated a SAC (Special Area of Conservation).

A view of Derrymore Island Nature Reserve, Co Kerry.

The agents say that the holding has potential uses in farming, tourism ecological protection and marine projects. Uses could include extensive cattle grazing, carbon sequestering and amenity.

As part of a project, UCD scientists are currently monitoring the carbon sequestration capacity of the salt marshes. This could provide more details on potential for future carbon sequestering.