My advice, go to the glen of inchaquin. It is a really special place even just for a drive and a view of the beautiful scenery. On your drive, stop well before you get to Gleninchaquin park - after the lake ends. The people who own this land are (as other reviewers confirm) money grabbing, unfriendly and an embarassment to me as a fellow Irish man.
You can have as nice a day by stopping somewhere before the park. The Beara way runs through or near this valley and I believe is accessible earlier on the drive up to the park. Look for a sign for a standing stone attraction at a right turn in a fork in the road in the valley.This landowner takes a more hands off approach and has a good faith system where you can drop 2 euros per adult into a locked box for upkeep of the paths, etc. It's a little rougher than inchaquin park but it is fine for adults and kids (you can even bring the buggy up a good section of the path). This gives you a spectacular view of the lake and waterfall, framed by a stonehenge style standing stone - see photo I uploaded. The trail here takes you up the mountains and you can access the same or equivalent walks that the park entrance offers you.
I've been here for the past 3 years running. First year I paid and visited Gleninchaquin park. I really enjoyed that but I was taken aback by the in-your-face attitude of the owners (they tend the car park themselves) and some of the comments they made were not friendly. Definitely not a typical Irish welcome. Since then I've been back every year, on my own and with my boys(6 and 8) but I avoid the park. It's a great cylce out from Kenmare to here too, about 40Km roundtrip.
Thankfully the beauty of inchaquim will outlive the current people who own and run this park!
Visit the valley, not the park!
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