"The Jewel on the Ring of Kerry" nestles on the sea-shore, at
the foot of the Cork and Kerry mountains.
town, founded in 1670 by Sir William Petty, has preserved many
original features. Development has been sympathetic to the
tradition of an Irish town. It now bustles with over 30
restaurants, bars, craft shops, hotels, guest houses, and a
host of activities for your enjoyment. Kenmare's hotels and
restaurants are among some of the world's finest
the surrounding area is a pleasure not to be missed. The famed
Ring of Kerry, with 110 miles of breathtaking views is 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, sandy coves and beaches.
the north of Kenmare is the Killarney National Park, 10,000
hectares of woodland and magical mountains, with spectacular
views of the lakes of Killarney.
unspoiled Ring of Beara lies to the south of Kenmare. Its
rugged beauty is beyond compare, traffic is minimal and it
abounds with archeological sites and spectacular views.
drives to places like Blackwater, Rossdohan Pier,
Gleninchaquin, Clonee Lakes, or beaches at Allihies or
Castlecove will give lifelong memories.
the slightly more energetic, you have a choice of numerous
activities. The surrounding countryside offers a host of
marked walking trails. The annual Walking Festivals which take
place at Easter and May/June, offer walkers of all standards
guided walks of various lengths.
Watersports are in
abundance with pleasure trips of Kenmare Bay to see the seals
and other stunning wildlife. Canoeing, windsurfing, sailing
and water-skiing are all available within short walking
distance of town. You can also charter a motor yacht for the
day to tour the coastline.
Back on the mainland,
there are a number of horse riding stables waiting to bring
you up the mountains, along the coast or through the many
woods. All classes of horses are available for the novice or
experienced rider. Both the Kenmare Golf Club and the Ring of
Kerry Golf and Country Club offer a challenging game over
their 18 holes, and for those not so fond of the long tree
lined fairways, we have a very enjoyable pitch and putt.
quiet, peaceful days with the rod, there are many lakes and
rivers to tackle available locally.
it is walking on the mountains, cruising on the bay, horse
riding, golfing, fishing, touring or soaking up the best of
music you will not be disappointed in Kenmare