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Top Attractions in Kenmare
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What travelers are saying
- Stopped on the way to Killarney in July 2022. Very nice little shop with attached traditional farmhouse. Ask for a bottle of milk for the lambs and take a walk up into the farm area - the kids will love itWritten August 10, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- For people who love natural beauty and want to avoid crowds, this is the place to go! There are hikes of varying lengths, ranging from strolls to view the amazing waterfall, to very challenging hikes that take a full day. We did the Valley Loop (yellow) trail, which took us about 5 hours and was the most beautiful hike we did in Ireland (and we had just finished a portion of the Beara Way). You need to be in good shape for that hike, with good waterproof boots. Since this is on private land, there's a small admission charge, but in return, the trails are well signed and marked.
The drive from Kenmare is only about 45 minutes, but half of the drive is on a very small road (technically paved, although there's grass in the middle), so take it slow and be prepared to potentially back up if you meet another oncoming car.
There's no cafe there, but when we were there, a local man had set up a cart with beverages and lovely lemon cakes, which were a welcome treat after the hike. The people there will gladly provide lots of information and advice on current trail conditions and walking options.
Overall, this was one of our absolute favorite spots in Ireland!Written August 4, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Myself and my son hiked across the route a few months back . Its an unspoilt area with some rugged terrain , but mostly pretty good under foot . The weather can be quite different higher up and its exposed so prepare well , its a number of hours to complete .Written December 28, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A beautiful fern garden in a magnificent setting. Nice cafe and open air eating space. Entrance fee is somewhat pricey at Euro 14.50 per head. Overall a nice place to spend an hour walking through the gardens.Written September 17, 2021
- the conservation area is promoting wild life including horseshoe bats the paths are kept by Kerry county council. there is a boat house path and two other paths and also adopt a tree. Being on the tidal kenmare river it has seaweed and mud flats for sea birds.Written August 20, 2021
- Not outstanding but one assumes they are what they are said to be, not a large stone circle (stonehenge) but historically worrth a quick visit as are the Ferry Trees. May be it is the way the area is clean mowen that makes it look like a replica.Written August 12, 2022
- We stumbled on this by accident, I wasn't sure how safe it was to walk over (and it wasn't easy to get on) but there appears to be a path at the topWritten August 12, 2022
- Well worth a visit to this beautiful catholic church situated in the middle of Kenmare town. It is kept very clean & inviting to sit and pray.Written February 28, 2022
- I’ve been driving & camping with my bike & hiking boots for a week now and am loving just jumping onto different parts of The Beara Way Walk. It really is a very special area on the SWest coast of Ireland.
For me personally I much prefer The Beara to the far more tourist route of The Ring of Kerry. It’s quieter the roads much smaller so no big tourist coaches and loads of groups of folks jumping on & off at certain points. This area is far more relaxed and peaceful. The coastline is actually quite different to the one further north more bays & tiny little coves rather than big Cliffs.Written September 30, 2019
- We left our Airbnb in Kenmare in search of Verart. We weren't disappointed. We veered off the main road in Bonane up a long winding road that led us to a white gate. The owner Besi met our extended family, including 4 kids aged 7-11yrs, and gave us a private tour of the grounds. A number of friendly dogs accompanied us. Besi and his wife Vera renovated a house here 20yrs ago and have filled the gardens with their own works of art and a wide variety of trees and plants. Afterwards we bought a souvenir, made our donations, then Besi kindly gave the kids a spin in his jeep. What a beautiful space deep in the Kerry countryside to spend an hour. Open 12-6pm. Well signposted from Bonane.Written August 8, 2022
- From my initial message re opening times to purchasing the fabulous Skellig image (beautifully framed) this was a fabulous experience. So friendly and professional. We cannot wait to hang our beautiful photo up on the wall !!Written August 18, 2021
- This was a very pleasant visit to see beautiful craftmanship with gorgeous timber, The tables and chairs were particularly facinating- lovely cofee tables which would tempt you to buy a piece which would be a great talking point in your home. It's a place you could see yourself returning to again and again.Written August 7, 2019
- while visiting the town of Kenmare we stopped to visit the inside of this church. It was absolutely beautiful- the architecture, flooring, stained glass, vaulted ceilings, altars and more. Definitely worth a quick stop if visiting the townWritten October 1, 2019
- Kenmare's Lourdes! WE went her with quide and the litle grotto is most interesting with current use and maintained impeccably-the lore associated with the well is most interesting-definitely a spot to visit.Written May 3, 2019
- Killowen Old Church is a Victorian neo gothic ruin on the edge of Kenmare town. An atmospheric ruin. The church is ruined and has no roof. The surrounding burial ground is very overgrown.Written March 15, 2019
Frequently Asked Questions about Kenmare
- The best day trips from Kenmare according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Private Tour:Ring of Kerry,Kerry Cliffs, starting in (from) Killarney
- Private Ring of Beara Day Tour from Killarney
- Private Tour:Ring of Kerry, Skellig Ring,Kerry Cliffs staring in (from) KENMARE
- Dingle Peninsula Private Tour from Kenmare with wifi on board
- Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Sneem and Parknasilla