THINGS TO DO
Kenmare: explore heritage and history, outdoor adventure, contemporary art and lively music
Referred to as the Jewel in the crown of the Kingdom, Kenmare is a heritage town located on three iconic tourist trails – the Ring of Kerry, the Ring of Beara and the Wild Atlantic Way.
Dating to the Bronze Age (c.2200 – 500BC), Kenmare is a vibrant, colourful town, steeped in history and heritage but with a contemporary vibe. Walkers, golfers and anglers have appreciated this unique destination since the Victorian times. Today, they are joined by kayakers, water skiers and outdoor adventurers who come to appreciate the crystal blue waters, the country lanes and magnificent mountain views…and the seals lounging along the rugged coastline!
O’Donnabhain’s Townhouse and Gastro Bar is situated in the heart of Kenmare town, and our guests love their proximity to the bespoke wollen weavers and markets, the Lace and Design Centre, the handcrafted jewellery and unique craft galleries. Contemporary art and performance is celebrated at the Carnegie Arts Centre and the Kenmare Butter Market. For adults and children alike, Lorge Chocolatiers run short workshops in chocolate making and there’s also walking tours of the bay exploring the mudflats, water pools and local biodiversity.
There’s something for everyone. From heritage to modern art. From craft galleries to adventure centres. From great coffee shops to Bronze Age monuments. When you’ve exhausted all the heritage, history, adventure and creativity that Kenmare offers, you can relax and appreciate the many music venues, pubs and restaurants.
South of Kenmare lies the Beara Peninsula and the popular Ring of Beara. Last, but certainly not least, Kenmare is a short distance from the Killarney National Park, Muckross house and the Ring of Kerry, all located on the Iveragh Peninsula.