Ballyferriter is a small village nestled in a green valley between the hill of Croaghmarhin to the south and the peaks of Sybil Head and the Three Sisters to the north. To the east, Smerwick Harbor has a two mile long stretch of sandy beach called Béal Bán. To the west, the Atlantic is side has rocky cliffs, with small coves and beaches just right for smuggling. The town has a hotel and a few pubs. There are numerous cottages and a few B&Bs around the town. Most shopping is done in Dingle although An Cat Dubh or the Black Cat is a small shop with essentials is located to the West of town. To the east Tigh Bhric has a restaurant, a gas station and a small shop. There is a church and a museum in Ballyferriter that are worth visiting too.
There is much to do in the area, and many short driving, walking and biking trips lie in all directions. I’d recommend purchasing a book like The Dingle Way (Rucksack Reader). There are some good local maps available for a small amount that show most of the ancient sites and ruins on the peninsula. These are available in many shops in Dingle and are a must if you’re looking for sites of this nature. Following are some basic directions to sites in the area.
Half a mile along the road north out of Ballyferriter is a small road to the left saying to Béal Bán. To the left along the beach are some houses. 500 yards away, turn right to Dún an Óir, (the Fort of Gold). Driving from Ballyferriter take the Dunquin road and turn to the right after about half a mile where there are signposts to the Dún an Óir hotel. At a junction turn right and then right again for the fort.
To the west of the fort rise the three peaks known as the Three Sisters. Below Doon Point lies Ferriter's Cove, and here in the cliff-face can be seen a series of shell middens, which are the earliest known archaeological remains on the Dingle Peninsula. Excavated during the 1980s, the site showed the characteristic piles of shells, together with hearths and charcoal, and it yielded finds of wild pig and deer bones, fish bones and stone tools.
The roads north and east from Ballyferriter leads into an area concentrated with early Christian settlement ruins. A short distance from Ballyferriter lies Reask; one-and-a-half miles from Reask is the cross-slab of a settlement at Lateevemanagh. A mile from Lateevemanagh is Templenacloonagh, and both Kilcolman and St. Manchan's lie about a half-mile over the hill. The oratory of Gallarus is only half a mile from Templenacloonagh and a mile from Kilmalkedar church. Cráilí is less than a mile-and-a-half from Kilmalkedar, and Reenconnell is less than a mile distant. Ten early Christian sites lie in a small area of land.