Hill walking and cycling are all activities which are available locally. The Kerry Way, one of Ireland's longest signposted walking trails and also one of the most popular, passes through Blackwater.
The Strawberry Field/Pancake Cottage
This is located only 3 miles away serving pancakes, home baking and soups all freshly prepared using fresh local ingredients, such as local farm eggs from Kissane’s Sheep Farm. There is an extensive Pancake Menu with sweet and savoury toppings which are suitable for vegetarians and gluten and wheat-free pancakes are also available. Homemade soup, Dutch Apple-Pie, homemade scones and a delicious new ice cream are all on the menu at Pancake Cottage. They also have a gift shop selling souvenirs, oil paintings, sculptures and cast iron products.
The (Kerry) Blackwater River flows through Blackwater entering the sea at Blackwater Pier; it stocks Salmon and trout and local lakes stocked with trout are within 2 km of the cottage. Sea fishing is available at Blackwater Pier and deep sea fishing at Rossdohan Pier.
There are two riding stables within a mile of the Stone Cottage; Blackwater Stables and the Eclipse Centre.
The Ring of Kerry Golf and Country Club 6 miles away has an 18 hole golf course with stunning views over looking Kenmare Bay.
Open Farms & Visitor Centres
Kissane’s Open Sheep Farm is located just 6 miles away with sheepdog and sheep shearing demonstrations and bottle feeding of orphaned lambs.
Muckross Traditional Farms at Muckross House Killarney; here you will find traditional style cottages and farm machinery which are typical of Ireland in the 1930s and 1940s. You will visit three working farms, small, medium & large, each complete with animals, poultry and horse drawn farm machinery. You will also visit a labourer's cottage, a carpenter's workshop, a harness maker and a blacksmith's forge. The interiors of the dwelling houses are furnished in the traditional manner, and include such items as the dresser, settlebed and mealbin.
Molly Gallivan's Cottage and Traditional Farm in Bonane lets visitors "experience the simple lifestyle in rural Ireland before the days of electricity and modern conveniences." They have tea rooms a souvenir shop and a show depicting an American Wake (a farewell party held the night before someone emigrated to America, as they rarely returned)
There are lovely white sandy beaches at Derrynane and Cahirdaniel and all over Kerry.
The Ring of Kerry and the Skellig Ring are well worth a visit also the Ring of Beara and the Dingle peninsula. Boat trips to Skellig Rock are an unforgettable experience. These craggy islands rise dramatically from the ocean 15 km off the western coast. Little Skellig is a bird reserve, with nearly 20 thousand gannets nesting there each year. The larger Skellig Michael with its cliffs rising over 200 metres above the sea once was the westernmost outpost of Christianity in Europe. The monastic settlement consists of two oratories, six beehive huts, church and graveyard, which can all be reached on over 600 steps cut into the rocks. Boat trips to the islands take place during the summer.