Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, is now a museum dedicated to the life of statesman Daniel O'Connell and his great achievements for human rights and democracy. Most o f the old demesne of Derrynane is now included in Derrynane National Historic Park, 120 hectare s in area. Winters are mild, enabling frost-sensitive trees and shrubs to flourish. The gardens have a plant collection of great significance and endangered plants from South America have been established here as part o f the National Botanical Collection in
partnership with the Royal Edinburgh Botanic Garden.
The National Historic Park has almost 1.5km of shoreline. The dunes and coastal area are of great ecological value and form part of two Natural designations of international significance - the Kenmare River Special Area for Conservation (SAC) and the Iveragh Peninsula Special Protection Area (SPA). The dunes contain rare animal and plant species including Natterjack Toads and the Kerry Lily, as well as a suite o f native orchid species.
The surrounding area is particularly rich in archaeological sites, and the park contains an Ogham stone, a small ring fort, a souterrain, a Mass Rock and the ruins o f Ahamore Abbey, on Abbey Island (dating to 10th Century). The surrounding area is rich in archaeological sites and the park itself contains an Ogham stone, a small ring fort, souterrains, a Mass Rock and the ruins of Ahamore Abbey, on Abbey Island (dating to 10th Century). The property is very family friendly and has great tourism value and potential. Derrynane House and Gardens is a Discovery Point on Failte Ireland's highly successful Wild Atlantic Way route.