Kenmare is a haven of tranquility, gourmet food, superb accommodation and breathtaking scenery in one of the most natural, unspoilt environments in Europe. Cradled in the heart of Kenmare Bay, the picturesque town of Kenmare is the perfect location from which to discover the South West of Ireland, linking the internationally famous Ring of Kerry with the rugged Ring of Beara.
Founded in 1670, the Irish name of the town Neidin, means little nest, and though many generations have passed since then, the unique charm and inherent beauty of the town remains unchanged. In fact its historical, cultural and environmental significance resulted in Kenmare being bestowed with the title of Kerry’s first Heritage Town. There are very few towns in Ireland where you can enjoy the simple pastime of just browsing shops and streets at an easy and thoroughly relaxing pace, but Kenmare is one. Within walking distance of the main street are wooded areas and boat trips on Kenmare Bay with Seafari.
The Ring of Kerry, known all over the world, follows the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula. It is one of the most dramatic scenic drives in the country and makes a most exciting day tour. Along the 175km route are picturesque villages, an abundance of historical landmarks, spectacular viewing points, sandy coves and beaches. The unspoiled Ring of Beara and West Cork are to the south of Kenmare. Its rugged beauty is beyond compare. Traffic is minimal and it abounds with archaeological sites, spectacular views, small fishing ports, and historic gardens and houses.
The Boathouse at Dromquinna Manor is a place that you stumble upon and never forget. Outside Kenmare, it lies on the waterfront in an 1800s boathouse. The Gin Menu is extensive, while the food perfectly matches the place, including calamari and a potted crab dish that may entice you back. There is also a Terrace for sunny days. Sneem Road, Kenmare, Co. Kerry. Tel: 064–664 2889
Tourist office opening times are seasonal
See website for details www.kenmare.ie
Whether you visit Kenmare for a stroll, a lunch, a leisurely day out, a few days break, or an entire holiday, Kenmare and its range of accommodation, restaurants, shops, and pubs will refresh you. On street and off street car and coach parking is available throughout the town.
On the Ring of Kerry, Kenmare is also a great touring base for West Cork, and is approximately 2hours from Cork and 3hours from Shannon airports.
The Square, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland
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