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Self Catering Accommodation in Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland

About Kenmare

Kenmare is known as the jewel in the Ring of Kerry and no wonder with its location between 2 of the most beautiful touring routes in Europe, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara.  Located on the sea and nestled among the mountains of Cork and Kerry, it is also proud of its Irish name “Neidin” meaning little nest. The town of Kenmare, noted for having the cleanest air in Europe is also a Mecca for some of the finest restaurants in Europe.  Its location on the edge of the sea provides the town with seafood that is quite simply the best and the range of restaurants from simple bar food to fine dining is second to none.

Kenmare is an ideal base for touring the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara and it is approximately 30 minutes from a host of fabulous Sandy Beaches.

It also has a very pretty harbour from where you can swim, fish or take boat trips on the Seafari to view the wildlife in the area. There are lots of great Fishing spots to choose from in the area such as the lakes in the Caha Mountains and the Black Valley.

Activities & Things to do in Kenmare

Pony Trekking in Kenmare: is an ideal way to explore the hidden treasures of Kenmare and its hinterland. In addition professional lessons are available for beginners.
Golf in Kenmare: You can enjoy the woodland and undulating landscape of Kenmare’s 18 hole golf course or the new Ring of Kerry Golf and Country Club - 18 hole course in Templenoe is just 3 miles away. In addition the championship courses of Killarney and Waterville are within easy driving distance.
Other activities in Kenmare area include Water-skiing, Kayaking, tubing, sailing, quad riding, Scuba Diving, Canoeing, Bicycle Hire and Pitch and Putt.

There is Finnegan's Bike Hire in the centre of Kenmare town.

Places to Eat & Restaurants in Kenmare

There are many fine dining experiences and family restaurants in Kenmare.  Check out some of these popular Kenmare restaurants:

  • The Lime Tree Restaurant  - a great mix of modern and traditional food in a relaxed environment all prepared by chef proprietor Mike Casey.  Comfortable and cosy in a beautiful building dating back to 1832.  Enjoy freshly made soup poured straight from the soup kettle into your dish at the table.  A lovely treat for a night out in Kenmare
  • Packie's Restaurant - always busy so book well in advance.  Delicious dishes including freash monkfish and mouth watering Lamb
  • The Horseshoe Bar & Restaurant - great daily specials - always something meaty and something fishy!  Well known for their ribs, wings and steaks and homemade brown bread and deliecious house salad.  All in a warm atmospheric pub.  Ask for a table close to the fire on a cold evening..
  • PF McCarthy's Bar & Restaurant - the home of great music and the traditional "Failte" in Kenmare.  There is music on every weekend and during holiday periods they often have early evening trad sessions and other local bands.  Great food also served to accompany the wonderful selection of craft beers and other unusual drinks.  

The Local History of Kenmare

The charming picturesque town is a good example of one of Ireland's planned towns. It was founded in 1670 by Sir William Petty. His descendent William Petty-Fitzmaurice, 2nd Earl of Shelbourne and 1st Marquis of Lansdowne, commissioned the present design of the town which was completed in 1775.

Exploring the area around Kenmare is an absolute pleasure with so many wonderful things to do. There are an endless number of places of historical interest to visit, with Kenmare being one of the Heritage Towns of Ireland

  • Kenmare Heritage Centre This centre provides an integral insight into the history of the town of Kenmare. The centre’s tours cover a wide range of historical themes from generations gone by.
  • Muckross House and Gardens and Traditional Farms Located in Killarney, this is a fantastic experience for everyone. The house and its gardens are kept magnificently, while the farm shows how farming used to be managed in more traditional times.
  • The Skellig Islands This is an experience of a lifetime. The two Skellig Islands, Skellig Michael and small Skellig stand in the Atlantic Ocean 12 km south west of Valentia. They are renowned for their scenery, seabird colonies and early Christian monastic architecture.
  • Dereen Gardens. Situated near Kenmare on the Beara Peninsula, the sheer beauty of the location of Dereen Gardens needs to be seen to be believed. The gardens are located on the sea and surrounded by wild majestic country. Mossy paths, lichen encrusted rocks, rhododendrons, towering eucalyptus and groves of bamboo all contribute to the making of a beautiful sub tropical garden.

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