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Main Street, Portmagee V23 RX05 Ireland
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#2 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Portmagee
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Nestled into the picturesque seafront of Portmagee, the Moorings Guesthouse overlooks the village's busy working harbour. Just a 30 second walk from the pier, where boats leave for the Skelligs every morning, and right at the heart of village life, there's simply nowhere more convenient to base yourself when you stay in Portmagee. Offering 16 rooms in total, the owners have created a calm and surprisingly luxurious ambience through the use of traditional yet contemporary furnishings with crisp, clean lines of soft ivory against vibrant reds. The Moorings strive to deliver personal, attentive service while matching the very best standards in efficiency and attention to detail that you've encountered elsewhere. Room facilities include direct-dial telephone, satellite TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, iron and ironing board, ensuite marble bathroom with power shower, bath, hairdryer and Gilchrest & Soames toiletries. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout the guesthouse and there is free car parking for guests. There's nothing more endearing than knowing that some of the Hollywood's biggest movie stars like Mark Hamill and Director J.J Abrams have visited the sleepy village of Portmagee, and even sat in the Bridge Bar local pub where Mark Hamill poured a pint of Guinness behind the bar. The Moorings was home to the pre-production team of the Star Wars VII movie and you can visit the room where all the magic took place and listen to the stories told by the staff. The Moorings is open all year round. Great food served all day with traditional music at weekends. Trips to Skellig Michael can be arranged and packages are available from April to September. Cois Cuain gift shop is open from March to January. The Moorings is located in a fishing village with a working harbour, post office, general store, coffee shop, bar, restaurant overlooking Valentia Island. The Moorings received a platinum award for green hospitality in 2013. They have introduced a 'Green' package which offers two nights B&B in The Moorings Guesthouse, a guide to a wildlife shore search and a special '30 mile' menu where all main ingredients are sourced within a 30 mile radius.
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sandiegoterp wrote a review May 2022
San Diego32 contributions22 helpful votes
The Moorings was a very cozy B&B. Its bar/restaurant served delicious food. The staff were friendly and accommodating. The only reason for four stars instead of five is that the beds are pretty hard. If not for that one issue, we’d give five stars.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
gooze3 wrote a review May 2022
Victoria B.C.14 contributions6 helpful votes
The Moorings was recommended to us by a couple we encountered while on a motorcycle tour of the Ring of Kerry. We sat outside as it was a nice day and we had the seafood chowder as recommended. Did not disappoint as it was one of the best chowders I have had and lots of seafood in it. Can't vouch for the rest of the menu but I'm sure it is just as good.
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Date of stay: April 2022
Julia M wrote a review Apr 2022
Caldwell, New Jersey28 contributions3 helpful votes
What a lovely spot! Our friends recommended this place to us. We stayed here the night before the Skellig Michael Eco boat tour. The room was comfortable and the staff was friendly and helpful. The breakfast the next morning was spot on. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking is free on the street and nearby lots, very easy
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Eamon L wrote a review Mar 2022
County Kerry, Ireland19 contributions9 helpful votes
Just spent the weekend at The Moorings. Not our first stay and will not be our last. Once again we had an excellent stay. Many thanks to Ger and Patricia who are great hosts. The entire team of staff from reception and accommodation to the bar and restaurant were fantastic. A great team of people. The food as usual was 100% as was the service. Can't wait for our next trip. Thanks again for everything and keep up the excellent Cead Mile Failte. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Annette P wrote a review Feb 2022
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Just back from a relaxing break in the Moorings , we loved everything about he accommodation and venue the staff are very friendly and can't do enough to ensure you enjoy your stay. The room was very clean and comfortable, the bar and restaurant are really cosy perfect place to relax especially if the weather isn't great. This is a perfect base to visit Skellig Michael, Valentia island, Ballinskelligs and Cahirsiveen. We are really looking forward to our next visit as we are always treated like family by Ger and all the friendly team , hopefully before the end of the year John and Annette
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Date of stay: February 2022
moll wrote a review Nov 2021
Killarney, Ireland2 contributions
Always an amazing spot. Haven’t been back for a couple of years due to Covid etc but Gerard was able to tell us about 4 years! Gerard and Patricia always take the time out to say hello . They go to each table . You don’t see proprietors doing that much . Comfy rooms. Fantastic views. Food was delicious. It has changed but still plenty of options. We had a fantastic server Antoinette. Brilliant. As were all the stay. Have booked again for 2 nights in March! Thank you all.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Eamon L wrote a review Nov 2021
County Kerry, Ireland19 contributions9 helpful votes
Just home from a night away at The Moorings. Excellent stay. Customer service from all was 100%. The owners Gerald and Patricia even go out of their way to have a chat with everyone. The beddroon was spotless, warm and comfortable. What makes the place is the staff. Each one of them were excellent and we would like to give a particular mention to Antoinette who looked after us so well. Great stay. So much so that we booked our next stay on checkout. Thanks again everyone. Mary, Maura and Eamon.👍👍👍
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Liam L wrote a review Oct 2021
Limerick, Ireland13 contributions2 helpful votes
My wife and I spent a short break in The Moorings and we were delighted by the whole experience. The Kennedys are excellent hosts and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Their bar and restaurant facilities are excellent and our room was spacious and the only noise we heard was the seagulls which also co-operated and didn't start their cackling until after 8am. We had a splendid view of the local pier and fishing boats........really picturesque and quaint. The Kerry Cliffs are only a short journey from The Moorings and are well worth a visit with some spectacular views including that of Skellig Michael.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: Best views are from the rooms facing the harbour
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DarceyM1 wrote a review Oct 2021
Dublin18 contributions17 helpful votes
We stayed for two nights, booking initially for proximity to boat for Skellig Michael. It’s also an excellent location for Valentina Island, walking to the Kerry Cliffs and the many local beaches and amazing sights. Unfortunately the bed in the superior room was the most uncomfortable I’ve ever tried to sleep in. The metal springs were really obvious and uncomfortable, not of a standard for a hospitality business. Not great either for when you want to make the most of all the local area has to offer. The breakfast menu is extensive but the quality could be improved, the full Irish was not good quality and no fresh fruit was available on either morning. We had booked for dinner both nights but cancelled the second night. The seafood platter had beautiful fresh cold fish but the cooked fish was completely overdone and tasted like it had been cooked in a deep fat fryer, completely ruining the fish. The seafood chowder lacked favour and was mediocre. The roast beef was only okay. The meal was too expensive for the food provided. Most of the staff and the owner were very friendly. The Moorings needs to review the standard of cooking and the basics of ensuring guests can have a good night’s sleep if they wish to continue charging their current prices. The rooms were very clean but extremely basic for the prices charged. No water, refillable toiletry containers and sanitary ware that have seen better days. We discovered there were better options available nearby to eat and stay and felt we paid far too much for what was provided.
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Date of stay: August 2021
chachoochoo wrote a review Sep 2021
Washington DC, District of Columbia87 contributions120 helpful votes
This hotel is the perfect base for a trip to the Skellig Islands. It is immediately across the street from the marina. It is not fancy, but clean and friendly. The view is delightful and the breakfast was great.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Moorings Portmagee
Which popular attractions are close to The Moorings Portmagee?
Nearby attractions include Skellig Ring Scenic Drive (4.8 km), Skelligs Chocolate Co. (5.0 km), and Geokaun Mountain and Cliffs (3.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Moorings Portmagee?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Moorings Portmagee?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Moorings Portmagee?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Moorings Portmagee?
Conveniently located restaurants include O'Neill's The Point Seafood Bar, Bridge Bar The, and The Moorings Restaurant.
Is The Moorings Portmagee located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Portmagee.
Are there any historical sites close to The Moorings Portmagee?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old Slate Quarry (4.6 km).
Does The Moorings Portmagee have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.