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Enjoy the best of both worlds in Kenmare, poised between the rugged splendour of the Ring of Beara and the dramatic scenery of the Ring of Kerry. Set where these two scenic gems meet, Kenmare is a charming town of picturesque shops and mouth-watering restaurants surrounded by a semi-tropical paradise.
Known locally as “the shrubberies,” the Kenmare stone circle is probably the biggest in southwestern Ireland. Constructed from 15 massive boulders, it features a remarkable burial boulder at its centre with a giant capstone some 2m long, 1.8m wide and 0.8m thick. The circle dates back to the Bronze Age.
About 13 km from Kenmare, on the N71 Kenmare to Glengarriff Road, the Bonane Heritage Centre features such ancient artefacts as a stone circle with 13 boulders (known locally as the Judge and Jury), a fulacht fiadh cooking pit, a bullaun stone (for holding water for medicinal uses), a standing stone, a ring fort, and ruins of a Famine house. Family tickets are available.
Kenmare has been a gourmet destination for years, developing into one of Ireland’s food capitals. Now, the Kenmare Food Carnival has arrived to celebrate everything that Kenmare has to offer for foodies, from stellar restaurants to delectable bakeries. Look out for it in July.
The family-owned Gleninchaquin Park is a wilderness wonderland of glens, streams, and mountain paths, all centring on a spectacular 140-metre high waterfall. Cross log bridges and climb steps through rock passages, with all walks very well marked. The entry fee is well worth it.
Kenmare is one of the most attractive towns on the Ring of Kerry, a 180km tourist trail around the Iveragh Peninsula. The route encircles an area of incredible beauty, offering activities from golf to watersports and hiking to fishing. If you are driving around the Ring of Kerry, stop off at some of Europe's finest beaches and enjoy the atmosphere in Kenmare.
The Beara Way is a 220km walk that retraces the march of O’Sullivan Beare in 1603, passing through Castletownbere, Glengarriff, and Kenmare. Dip in and out of this long-distance trail, taking in some of the many historical and archaeological attractions on this spectacular peninsula. Enjoy the sensation of timelessness and the magnificent scenery, particularly at dawn and dusk.
Take a cruise around Kenmare Bay for wonderful views of land-based attractions from castles to manor houses, as well as the opportunity to get up close to a variety of sealife, including Ireland’s biggest colony of harbour seals. Boats operate from Dauros, just outside Kenmare, and from the pier in Kenmare town.
Don’t expect to find parking if you arrive in Kenmare on the 15th of August. This is when the annual Kenmare Fair takes place (not to be confused with the Wednesday Kenmare Market Day). The town will be crammed with livestock dealers and onlookers, creating a unique atmosphere well worth experiencing.
Helped by the balmy conditions created by the adjacent Gulf Stream, Kenmare has its share of stunning gardens, but Derreen stands out among them all. This woodland garden in Lauragh, just outside Kenmare, was designed and planted by the fifth Marquis of Lansdowne in the 1870s, and it’s now run by hi
Diving is not just for tropical oceans, where rainbow-hued fish weave through coral reefs: Kenmare Bay has some incredibly diverse underwater life in its calm and sheltered waters, and you can explore it whether you are a beginner or an advanced diver. Certified scuba diving courses are run locally from Kilmackillogue harbour.
0.1km from Kenmare
Ideally located within walking distance of Kenmare town in County Kerry, this delightful holiday home offers comfortable, 3-star accommodation in a farm setting.
Offering stunning views of Kenmare Bay, this two-bedroom property can sleep up to four people.
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3.5km from Kenmare
This 3-star, modern bungalow is located near Kenmare in County Kerry, a prime location in the heart of the Kenmare Bay region. The comfortable holiday rental has three ground floor bedrooms, oil-fired central heating, and an open fire to relax by in the evening.
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0.9km from Kenmare
Base yourself in a beautiful holiday home surrounded by spectacular countryside near the charming town of Kenmare, County Kerry. The property is set in a tranquil location and is the perfect base for discovering the magic of Kerry. Features of this comfortable holiday rental include a luxurious ensuite bedroom with a king-size four-poster bed.
0.4km from Kenmare
Enjoy a tranquil location within walking distance of Kenmare, County Kerry, at this 4-star property. This family-friendly holiday home is decorated to a very high standard and has three ground-floor bedrooms, with one en suite.
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6.5km from Kenmare
Stay at a waterfront bungalow in the tranquil setting of Templenoe Pier overlooking Kenmare Bay. This south-facing bungalow has a large open-plan garden that leads directly to the seashore, where it is safe to both fish and swim.The 3-bedroom property sleeps 6 in comfort.
11km from Kenmare
Enjoy the atmosphere of a century-old stone house, just 30 minutes drive from the well-known tourist town of Killarney and 20 minutes from Kenmare in County Kerry. This detached dormer house has been restored to its original glory and features three ensuite bedrooms.
1.2km from Kenmare
Relax in this superb location overlooking Kenmare Bay in a three-bedroom holiday home offering excellent accommodation. This traditional stone house enjoys a secluded riverside setting and is the perfect place to unwind while you take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
Stay at a 4-star holiday rental on a working farm near the County Kerry town of Kenmare. The three-bedroom property, which nestles at the foot of the hills, is set in a tranquil location overlooking Kenmare Bay.
1.9km from Kenmare
This fantastic development is located in the scenic area of Kenmare in County Kerry.
Newly approved, the holiday homes are just a short walk from picturesque Kenmare town. They are spacious and comfortable, making them the ideal haven for a stress-free break away.
1.7km from Kenmare
This magnificent new development of 4-star holiday homes is set on the shores of the beautiful Kenmare Bay Estuary on the Ring of Kerry, just a ten-minute stroll from the town of Kenmare, with its wonderful restaurants, traditional pubs, and craft shops.
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