Kenmare Travel Guide

  • One of the streets in the little town
    One of the streets in the little town
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  • Cooking the old way
    Cooking the old way
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  • And of course the donkeys!
    And of course the donkeys!
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Kenmare Things to Do


    When you visit this Irish traditional cottage, you really feel as if you are in the past, even if you were never Irish. To see how the people used to live, simple lives but not always without hardships. It is really a great place. There is the traditional kitchen with all it's utensils, and you can go up to the bedroom, and see how people slept....

  • Coasteering the Wild Atlantic Way!

    Kenmare is beautiful but my two teenage son's wanted to do something adventurous so we contacted Coasteering Ireland, which we found on the Internet. We were not disappointed. We were took out to a stunning section of the Wild Atlantic Way for a spot of coasteering, which is cliff jumping into the sea from 1 to 10 metres, bellyflopping, bombing,...

  • Family fun in Kenmare

    Wow! We visited the Eclipse activity centre in Kenmare and were not short of things to do! We brought the whole family (kids, cousins, aunts, grannies) and everyone had a brilliant day out. Athos and Anita the managers went out of their way to provide a customised package for us, which let us experience a number of different activities suitable for...

  • Tour around town.

    After the market and the stone circle we had a short walk around the town, before moving on. Some fine coloured shopfronts and bits and pieces to see. There is also "Cromwell's bridge", but thanks to a misunderstanding (probably on my part) we never actually found it.

  • Kenmare stone circle.

    Not far from the town centre is the Kenmare stone circle, the largest in South-West Ireland consisting of 15 stones and has a diametre of 17 metres. Even having a 17mm lens I couldn't get back far enough to get it entirely into the frame. The circle dates back to the Bronze age roughly 3000 years old. In the centre of the circle is a burial mound...

  • Pamper Yourself

    The Secret Garden Beauty Salon in Kenmare is the perfect way to pamper yourself on an afternoon in Kenmare. Ideally located in the centre of town, their treatment rooms are a haven for relaxation. Whether you treat yourself to a full body massage, the "Seaside Goddess" body wrap, a facial or even a fingers & toes package, you will leave feeling...

  • Ilnacullin, Garnish Island

    Our 1st stop after leaving Kenmare was Glengarriff, 13 miles south of Kenmare, to visit Ilnacullin on Garnish Island. In 1910, a Belfast businessman, John Annan Bryce, purchased the island and developed it into a lovely botanic garden with the assistance of Harold Peto, an architect and garden designer and later efforts by Scottish gardener Murdo...

  • Beara Peninsula

    The Ring of Kerry is the most popular drive in County Kerry, and probably all of Ireland based on the number of people we saw doing it, and the Dingle Peninsula to the north of the Ring of Kerry the second most popular drive but we decided to skip that in favor of the Beara Peninsula which is south of the Ring of Kerry. Instead of driving it...

  • Beara Peninsula-Healy Pass

    I thought one of the most interesting parts of driving around the Beara Peninsula was the Healy Pass (R574) which meanders up through the Caha Mountains, connecting the towns of Adrigole in County Cork and Lauragh in County Kerry. The route with the best views is from Adrigole on the south side of the Peninsula to Lauraugh on the north side. The...


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Kenmare Restaurants

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    by Dabs Updated Aug 24, 2009

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    The restaurants in Kenmare and Killarney were more expensive than we found in the rest of Ireland, presumably because they are two of the more tourist oriented locations. We had a walk through town looking at some of the menus and we settled on Foley's, in part because of a set price menu they had in the window.

    When we asked about the set price menu, they said it was only for hotel guests. So why post it in the outside window? As I was tired of looking for a place to eat, we decided to stay and ordered our food, the service took a really long time and when our food did come, they delivered the wrong meal to my husband. After we finished our meal, we then waited again for a very long time to order dessert and then again for our bill. And when that came, it was wrong too! Coupled with the overwhelmingly Polish wait staff in an Irish themed restaurant, it was probably the least enjoyable meal we had on this trip.

    Favorite Dish: I ordered the Kenmare Bay Mussels in Wine and Cream, they tasted great but the portion size was small for the price. David ordered the Fisherman's Platter, I tasted a couple of the items and they were average. I had the hot chocolate pudding with ice cream for dessert, it was OK, it reminded me a bit of chocolate lava cake but not nearly as rich or as tasty.

    Dinner for 2 with 1 drink and dessert was €49.35. Ironic that one of our worst meals was also the most expensive.

    Mussels at Foley's Testing the Guiness initial theory

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Kenmare Nightlife

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    by littlebush Written May 28, 2003

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    After a few beers with ya steak in Coachmans, head around the corner to O'Connors where you'll meet some locals havin' a typical Irish conversation. You'll go in for a quick one and end up coming out several hours later...well, we did!

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Kenmare Transportation

  • Driving the Beara Peninsula

    The Beara Peninsula is much less traveled than the Ring of Kerry so we really didn't worry much about which way we were going. As with the Ring of Kerry, do not think that you can, or will want to, drive the 137km (85 mile) ring at 100km (62 mile) per hour. It may not sound like a long distance, but you must account for slow roads, lots of photo...

  • Ferries to Garnish Island

    We saw the sign for Blue Pool Ferry first so that's the one we used, it was 10€ per person round trip out to the island. We were the only ones on the ferry at 10am, the ride takes only about 10 minutes and they slow down to take you by the seals basking on the nearby rocks. The boats run every 1/2 hour both coming and goingThere's also the Harbour...

  • Parking in Kenmare

    Our hotel, Virginia's Guesthouse, was on Henry Street, one of the main streets in Kenmare. We didn't see any parking in front of it so we drove up the street, turned right on Main Street and right again on Shelbourne Street and on the left side on the street there was a small lot that said public parking which turned out to be free. We left our car...


Kenmare Local Customs

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    by fotos4web Written Apr 23, 2006

    On the weekend nearest to 15th August each year is the Kenmare Horse Fair in County Kerry.
    The centre of the town is jam-packed full of stalls ,booths and fortune-telling caravans and the area around Fair Green is roped off for the horse market there are horses of all kinds from tiny ponies up to thoroughbred racehorses can be seen and it's a really fun weekend.

    Accomodation is at a premium though that weekend and even at our b&b (Rockvilla)2 miles out of town we will have dozens of people looking for a room each night of that weekend ... sometimes I wish we could add a folding extension to the house to help people out - Restaurants get pretty full too and the overspill even goes as far as Killarney 23 miles away. The evening gets fairly boisterous with musicians playing in most of the pubs and there's lots of fun and games.
    Bring a camera and you'll get some unforgettable photos.

    Fiddler at the Kenmare Horse Fair Pony at the Kenmare Horse Fair
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Kenmare Off The Beaten Path

  • Blackwater bridge, Sneem.

    Although a picturesque site on the way to Sneem, the bridge at Blackwater has a legend attached to it. It has become the haunt of a headless phantom after having a fight with another ghost, he has supposedly lost his head and is now to be seen wandering aimlessly along the riverbank on certain full moons. This is only a legend, but be careful to...

  • Our Lady Holy Well, Dromore.

    A little further along the N70 (Ring of Kerry road)look out for a small sign on the left attached to a drystone wall, and park up off the road. There is room. Follow the track down a very well signposted path for about 15 mins through the Dromore woods. Don't despair, you'll find it even if it seems you're lost, there are plenty of signs. Finally...

  • Cappanacuss(h) castle, Templenoe.

    Leaving Kenmare by the west along the Ring of Kerry road, shortly you will come across the entrance gate to Cappanacush castle. You can enter a small window to the left of the gate and there is a track that leads to the ruins on the shore, but today there is virtually nothing to see, so just enjoy the gate.Anecdote : The long-time companion of...


Kenmare Favorites

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    by AR76 Updated Dec 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: Who could think of a more appropriate name for this phenomenon??

    It's in Kenmare,
    It's a bunch of stones,
    They form a circle.

    That's it, basically.

    Fondest memory: The story goes that, just like Stonehenge, this stone formation had something to do with druids and sun dials (???).
    Well, having had the opportunity to admire the gigantic Stonehenge formation, seeing this stone circle in Kenmare was a huge disappointment. Located in what seemed to be someone's backyard, the stones were small enough to have been placed there by a couple of practical jokers - if that were true, they would surely be laughing their heads off at the busloads of tourists gazing at a couple of round stones of knee height.

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