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Kenmare Town

The beautiful town of Kenmare is a small tranquil country town, famous for its gourmet food and superb scenery. It’s set amidst breath-taking landscapes in one of the most unspoiled, natural environments in Europe.

On the Wild Atlantic Way. the town is located at the head of beautiful Kenmare Bay which stretches 50km from Kenmare out to the Atlantic Ocean. The name is an anglicised version of Ceann Mara which translates into ‘head of the sea’ in English. The original Irish name for the town is ‘Neidín’ meaning ‘little nest’ because the town ‘nestles’ amongst the surrounding mountains which are such a striking feature of the landscape.


You will never be short of things to do in Kenmare, whether you are an outdoors enthusiast or a devotee of good food and wine. From horse riding, sea safaris and golf to simply lounging over a good cup of coffee in a cosy cafe, Kenmare has the holiday options for you.

The town itself lies at the convergence of three celebrated tourist trails – The Ring of Kerry, The Ring of Beara, and the Wild Atlantic Way. The Ring of Kerry tour is a 180km loop of the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, with its historical landmarks, sandy beaches, and epic mountains, and taking in Killarney, Cahersiveen, Waterville, and Sneem until you arrive back in Kenmare.

Another enchanting loop is the Ring of Beara, a 137km route through the rugged splendour of the Atlantic coast beyond Kenmare. The most breath-taking section of the Ring of Beara is the dramatic Healy Pass Road (R574), which cuts across the peninsula between Kerry and Cork.

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