"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 establishments.
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.
Short enchanting 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
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
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