Things to do
Kenmare has a range of outdoor and indoor activities to suit all the family! From salmon fishing on a private stretch of the Sheen River, to daily horse riding at River Valley Riding Stables, to amazing walk, hikes and cycles, Sheen Falls Country Club is your base for exploration. Here we have listed many of these activities. Please book ahead. Read our top activities and day trips from Kenmare here.
Kenmare Coach and Cab - 60 years’ experience providing guided tours for small & large groups.
Pancakes on the mountain is known as ‘the biggest little treat in Kerry’ and are the specialty of The Strawberry Field pancake restaurant, near Moll’s Gap. The restaurant offers a big range of delicious savoury and sweet pancakes, each named after a local area. You can also buy interesting and original wrought-iron work, and plaster designs here.
Phone: 064 66 82977 More Info http://strawberryfield-ireland.com/
Walking in the mountains around Kenmare - Kenmare Walking Club website will provide more details.
The Stone Circle at Kenmare is a particularly fine example and is the largest stone circle in south west Ireland. Over 3,000 years old, it consists of 15 stones enclosing a circle measuring about 17metres in diameter. It’s known locally as the Druid's Circle and features a capstone which must be around seven tons in weight. The Stone Circle is very close to the centre of town and is signposted from the Square.
Star Outdoors - for all your Kayaks, sailboats, canoes and kids summer camps, is located 10 mins. from town on the Castletownbere Road.
Phone: 064 66 41222 http://www.staroutdoors.ie/
Oysters & Guinnessis an Irish specialty and part of the craic. Kenmare has a wealth of restaurant & bars and the five star Sheen Falls Lodge Hotel is located just accross the road from us. http://www.sheenfallslodge.ie/food/
The Highest Pub in Ireland- The ‘Top of Coom’ because is near Kilgarvan. Cameras are a must on this trip, for the landscapes and to prove you’ve been there!
Phone: 064 66 85373
Golf is synonymous with the natural beauty of south west Ireland and there are two beautifully appointed 18 hole courses in Kenmare. Kenmare Golf Club is right there in town with fairways at the water’s edge and The Ring of Kerry Golf and Country Club a few miles out of town on the Sneem Road enjoys an elevated, spectacular position high above Kenmare Bay. Both clubs welcome non-members.
Phone: Kenmare GC 064-6641291 http://www.kenmaregolfclub.com/
Phone Ring of Kerry GC 064-6642000 http://www.ringofkerrygolf.com/
Afternoon Tea - The old world charms of The Park Hotel - Kenmare does it in style.
The Park Hotel 064-66 41200 http://www.parkkenmare.com/the-restaurant
Pitch and Putt- see Faungorth Activity Centre as above.
Rowing Boat Hire is easy up at Cloonee Lakehouse. It’s a Bed & Breakfast, restaurant and bar up at Tuosist where you can hire rowing boats and enjoy a lazy sail on the nearby lake after which the Lakehouse is named. Following an hour or two bobbing on the water, you’ll be ready for some refreshments inside.
Phone: 064 66 84205
The Heritage Park at Bonane is a fascinating place to visit. It’s steeped in archeological history, well laid out and signed. In fact Bonane Heritage Park is such a success for the small community that established it, that it won the national ‘Pride of Place’ competition in 2008. The Park is located about seven miles out of town and is signposted from the N71 Glenngarriff Road.
Lace is a commodity for which Kenmare is justifiably famous since the Poor Clare nuns first established a lace room at their convent in 1864. Now the tradition is maintained at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre of the Courthouse Building in the Square, where you can watch demonstrations and buy lace products.
Phone: 064 66 41491
Swimming Guests of Sheen Falls Country Club can enjoy the many benefits of the Gleneagle Group hotels in Killarney, including free access to the Aguila Club leisure centre at the Gleneagle Hotel . The Kenmare Bay Hotel and Resort opened their state-of-the-art leisure centre in June 2007 and there’s a sauna, jacuzzi and steam room too. Use of the pool by non-residents is subject to availability.
Phone: 064 66 42599 http://www.kenmarebayhotel.com/
Cycling is the ideal way to really experience the atmosphere, sights and scenery and a range of bicycles for hire can be found at Finnegan’s Bicycle Hire at the top of Henry Street. Book in advance by e-mail or when you arrive in town.
Phone: 064 66 41083 http://www.discoverireland.ie/Activities-Adventure/finnegan-s-bicycle-hire/44835
Visit the Traditional Farm at Molly Gallivan’s Cottageand Traditional Farm. On a 500 metre walk you’ll see the way farmers used to work and exist before the invention of electricity and other modern methods. You’ll encounter antique farm machinery and see demonstrations of sheep shearing and dipping. [By prior appointment]
Phone: 064 66 40714/41455http://mollygallivans.com/
Head for Cloonee Lakes at Gleninchaquinand climb the mountain to enjoy the spectacular views of the lakes below and the Kenmare River and Iveragh Peninsula beyond. There’s a teahouse there too for a cuppa after your efforts. The signpost indicating Gleninchaquin is about eight miles out of town on the Castletownbere Road. http://gleninchaquin.com/
Adopt a Sheepat the Kissane Working Sheep Farm with around 1,000 sheep and lambs. Watch sheepdog and shearing demonstrations and have a go at shearing yourself! There are mountain walks and a Treasure Trail for kids. Kissane’s is at Moll’s Gap.
Phone: 064 66 34791 http://www.adopt-a-sheep.ie/
Sea Fishing and river fishing is the business of Kenmare Angling and Sightseeing which is ideal for the smaller group or for those who prefer to plan their own excursion. Small, private tours of Kenmare Bay can also be arranged. Your knowledgeable skipper will inform you as you sail.
Phone: 087 259 2209 http://www.kenmareanglingandsightseeing.com/
Chocolate Makingat ‘Bonane’s Chocolate Factory’ is well worth a visit. Lorge Chocolatier is the name of the business and Benoit Lorge produces the most delicious home-made chocolates which are distributed nationally. Both dark and milk chocolates in a range of rich, mouthwatering flavours are available.
Phone: 064 66 79994 http://lorge.ie/
The Motor Museumnear Kenmare was established in 1985 and is a treasure trove of historical motor memorabilia. Kilgarvan Motor Museum, a family-run business has supplied vehicles for major films and regularly offers antique limousines for weddings throughout the county.
Phone: 064 66 85346 http://kilgarvanmotormuseum.com/wp/
Horse Ridingis just one of the many outdoor activities available in the Kenmare region. Local riding schools and stables include Eclipse Ireland and Blackwater Stables.
Eclipse Ireland 064 66 82965
Blackwater Stables 064 66 6628939
Dromquinna Stables 00353 64 6641043
The Theatre in Kenmare - Carnegie Arts Centre - hosts a broad selection of events to be found on its schedule, ranging from concerts, plays and films to exhibitions.
Phone: 064 66 48701 http://www.carnegieartskenmare.ie/
There is a wealth of things to do in the area, and we could go on and on with the list of things to do. But why not come on down and see for yourself, we have all the local knowledge,
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