Campsite Review -(Mortimer’s) Mannix Point, Cahersiveen, Co Kerry

Location, location, location

Mannix Point Camping and Caravan Park is located in the mouth of the river Fertha between some of the Iveragh peninsula’s many mountains, Valentia and Foughil island. The location of this site is so appealing that it needs only running water to make it worth a visit. In addition to beautiful vistas of south Kerry the site is located just outside the town of Cahersiveen which means that facilities such as shops, bars and restaurants are a reasonable walk away and other picturesque areas are within a short drive.

Nighttime at Mannix Point
We were lucky enough to catch a meteor shower on a clear night while visiting Mannix Point this year.

The campsite was originally opened in 1984 by Mortimer Moriarty who ran the site until he passed away in early 2022. Mortimer was well known and liked in the town of Cahersiveen and by the visitors who flocked back to his site year after year. On our return this year we were happy to see the site was still in operation and as busy as ever.

Facilities on Site

As I noted, above all I would need to make my visit worthwhile would be running water, but then again, I like looking at mountains and sunsets. But holidays aren’t all about relaxing and enjoying ourselves. We also have to cook, eat and clean as we go. The facilities on site are of a reasonable standard. Showers are an additional cost and tokens must be purchased in the reception. There is a wash-up area and campers kitchen, running water is available close to most of the pitches and there is a motorhome service point and chemical toilet. Granted, it could do with a bit of freshening up and expansion here and there but completely functional nonetheless.

The location also means that the site is an excellent starting point for water-based excursions by canoe or paddle board and the site seems to be popular for those with canoes and kayaks in particular. Aside from that the site has no additional or exceptional facilities that we noticed.

As noted this site is popular and a fully booked tent-area is common so booking ahead is advisable. The site is a popular base for canoeing and kayaking excursions.

Facilites for Children

Mannix point is particularly popular with families who come back year after year. As noted above there are few facilities on site, no playground or children’s play areas however there is the stone beach that surrounds the site and provides much entertainment for children who like to explore rock pools and play with other kids. Our gang found it easy to put down a day – we were only there for three days this year however and the weather was exceptionally good so maybe the experience would be less than idyllic if the weather decided not to play ball.

Playing in rock pools at Mannix Point Cahersiveen Co Kerry
The stony beach provided plenty of entertainment for the kids

On the downside there is a reasonably long walk to town along a single vehicle width access road which leads out to the town’s footpaths. If you are reliant on a buggy to help transport your crew then this could be an inconvenience as the surfacing of the access road is not really suitable for buggies.

View of Portmagee, Co Kerry from Bray Head Walk
A view of Portmagee, Co Kerry taken from the Bray Head walk. The walk is a good 14 minute drive from Cahersiveen and Mannix Point and would be best avoided if you are travelling in a larger vehicle and are not comfortable with tight roads.

If you are travelling by caravan, or tent then your car will provide an excellent option to mobilise or spend time elsewhere on a rainy day. Campervans, and more-so motorhomes, can prove less than ideal for visiting many of the local attractions due to the narrow roads and this might have a big impact on how long you choose to stay on site if travelling with young children.