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“Great way to Spend an Hour or so” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bonane Heritage Park

Bonane Heritage Park
Signposted off N71 Glengarriff Road | Bonane, Ireland
+353 85 767 7869
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Ranked #83 of 220 Attractions in County Kerry
Type: Parks, Outdoors
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Owner description: Discover a wealth of archaeological sites from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age up to pre-famine times all in close proximity along a 2km walkway; including a Stone Circle, Ringfort, Bullaun Stone and Fulacht Fiadh. It's not only for those interested in history and archaeology but for walkers, photographers, heritage-seekers and anyone looking for stunning scenery and peaceful surroundings. Situated 10 km from Kenmare, Co Kerry, on the N71, set within the beautiful surroundings of Bonane and the Sheen Valley Heritage Area. Open to visitors year round.
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“Great way to Spend an Hour or so”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

Don't be put off by the slightly outdated brochures because it looks nothing like the pictures anymore - it is a truly lovely spot to stop and visit. On the day we went (2 families) we timed it just right to tag on to the back of an organised tour - a stroke of good luck to say the least! Nobody seemed to mind so we followed around as the guide explained the purpose and significance of each site. It is a remarkable insight in to Irish heritage and the information helped bring it to life. Unfortunately we didn't complete the tour because the children were starting to get a bit niggly so we broke off and sat in the ringfort with our lunch. We finished the walk around afterwards and then set off back toward Kenmare. All in all it was a great place for a pit stop, the views were outstanding, it's not crowded and it was interesting without being overbearing. The reason we didn't give it five stars was because the walk at the start was a bit steep when you have a buggy. That said, once the intial 3 minutes of pain were done, it was worth the effort.

Visited May 2012
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“Lovely park, great place to take the kids or visitors interested in area history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

The park is new, and a work in progress. It has a new nicely gravelled path (wide enough for a car) that takes you on a walking tour around the park. There is a nicely preserved ring fort, stone circle, famine house ruins, and various other historical artifacts that the track leads you around. There is some signage, but there needs to be more. I did see evidence of this being done (new sign boards up, just no signs attached yet-I'm guessing that will be done in the spring when tourist season hits). The path is up and down hills and a bit steep, but the park has wisely installed some nice log seats at regular intervals along the path. Also, the path is wide enough for a car, I'm guessing they may allow those who can't walk the hills to be taken up to see the ringfort ect in a car.

The scenery is lovely, there is a picnic area, it's definately a nice place to take the family on a day tour.

The only problem I saw was that in typically Irish fashion, there were no toilet facilities. I'm guessing they may bring in portable toilets for the tourist season, but there was nothing there in the off season. This seems to be the only country in developed Europe that considers toilets to be a "convienience", rather than a "necessary":(

Visited February 2012
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BonaneHeritage, Administrator at Bonane Heritage Park, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thank you for your wonderful review. glad you enjoyed the Heritage park. It is true that we do not provide toilet facilities in the off season, only the busy season due to the cost. We do have plans to develop the park further at the entrance to include a cafe and toilets subject to planning permission and funding.
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“Enchanting, do stop and look”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011

Do stop and take a look!

We only found the Bonane Heritage Park by chance while travelling to Glengariff saw the sign so decide to stop and take a look, very glad that we did! The walk is beautiful and the sunset was amazing, the whole place is enchanting. The people of Bonane have worked very hard making the paths and maintaining the land, hard to believe such a small village can achieve all of this.
Do not pass by stop and take the walk to the top you will be happy that you did.

Visited September 2011
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“Good place to go”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

Went for look around, lovely place and great views. Everyone should go if in the area. Only a small fee to get in and there is no time limit to stay. We enjoy waking and there is good paths but a bit of a big hill to start, then easy after. Use good shoes and take a camera plis bottle of water. We were lucky with weather as it was dry at the time.

Visited August 2011
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Preston, United Kingdom
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“Simply Stunning, One of the Best Places to Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2011

Wow! I can't believe we missed this the first time we visited Ireland two years ago. Follow the road signs from the road between Kenmare and Glengarriff and go down the country lane for about half a mile or so. We so very nearly decided to carry on straight through to Glengarriff but I'm so glad we didn't. What a fantastic spot. We picked up a map from the little log cabin at the entrance and with that and the brochure we made our way around. It would have been easy to just walk around and take in the views but we read the information boards and tried to imagine what was going on here some 5000 years ago. Even if you're a sceptic there's no denying the significance of the area and to find all this archaeology in one place is very special. Starting with the stone circle we moved around to view the alter stone where the moon rises above it once every 18.5 years, there's a fulacht fiadh, a bullaun stone, ringfort, standing stone and famine house ruins. All in all this is a very special place and if you have your tea and sandwiches pick a nice day and take it all in. Will definitely be going back but the next time we're going to look for some of the other significant things to be found there as well. The Rolls of Butter sounds simply intriguing.

Visited May 2011
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