Thidwick B&B sits on the lower slopes of Farraniaragh Mountain. The house is on an elevated site above the Ring of Kerry Road. approximately an acre of land and is surrounded by farmland.
The Kerry Way passes within 200m of of the house whilst following the Derrynane Mass Path. There is a sign on the path to direct walkers up a short cut through a field to reach the B&B. Alternatively, it is possible to get collected from the Blind Piper pub in Caherdaniel.
Thidwick is a modern dormer bungalow that was built in 1999 and remodelled in 2004. The current owners, Clare and Dezy, opened it's doors as a Bed and Breakfast in 2014. There are three large double rooms and a smaller double, which is let out as a single, on the ground floor and a large family bedroom upstairs. Three bedrooms are ensuite and the other two share a bathroom.
The lounge is at the heart of the house with colourful original artwork on display. A stove fire is lit on cold evenings for guests to gather around and share stories or perhaps watch TV. The house rules ask guests to respect 'Quiet Time' from 22.30 to ensure everyone is fully rested for their next days activities.
Large windows in the lounge and dining room provide the best vantage points for watching the world in a state of flux outside. A picnic table is set up on the patio outside to fully experience all of the elements. There are extensive views over the Atlantic Ocean, from Deenish and Scarriff Islands across to Abbey Island and beyond to the Beara Peninsula and Dursey Island.
The views become more expansive when you consider that this is also one of the best locations in Ireland to see the stars at night. Caherdaniel is within the Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve, the only 'Gold Tier' Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere.
Thidwick B&B is the central base for Ireland Unplugged Tours. This tour company brings guests off the beaten track to experience a more authentic view of Ireland. The B&B and tour company are both run in tandem by Clare and Dezy.
Any Kerry Way Walkers looking to explore a few local sites that are too far off the trail to reach by foot might like to consider pre-booking a tour with Ireland Unplugged. The suggested one-day package would tour the 'Skellig Ring' and visit the Skelligs Chocolate Factory, Ballinskelligs, Portmagee and then onto Valentia Island and a short brisk walk out to Bray Head. This is one of the best viewing points to see the famous Skellig Islands.