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Kenmare, in the southeast corner of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Southwest Ireland, is on the popular Ring of Kerry tourist route. It's one of the top tourist destinations in Ireland for the well-heeled visitor and is renowned for its food. Founded in 1670 by Sir William Petty, the town finished its final design in 1775, created by William Petty-FitzMaurice, Second Earl of Shelburne, First Marquess of Landsdowne. Kenmare has kept this original design and preserved it so well, that the Tourist Board of Ireland named it Kerry's first Heritage Town.

Get in[edit]

There are various means of transport in Kenmare.

By plane[edit]

Several different airports can be used when travelling to Kenmare. The closest airport is the Kerry Airport, in Farranfore, County Kerry, about 33 km (21 mi) away. One can rent a car from the airport through one of the several different car rental companies, including Avis, Budget, Irish Car Rentals, and Dooley Car Rentals. Other international airports include the Cork airport, 75 km (47 mi) away in Cork, Shannon Airport 102 km (63 mi), and Galway Airport 164 km (102 mi).

By bus[edit]

Bus are s an inexpensive option. Bus Éireann is a useful service that has both long distance and local services. From Kerry Airport, one can take the bus to the town center or other surrounding catchments. Because Bus Éireann serves all of Ireland, the bus is a viable option to take travelers from anywhere in Ireland to Kenmare, or vice versa. Visit the website below for fares and other information.

By train[edit]

It is also possible to travel by train with Ireland, and Rail Europe offers great options. By visiting the website listed below, one can find information on ticket prices and destinations. If you have a regimented schedule for your visit, it is suggested that you book a train ticket prior to travel. However, one can purchase a Rail Pass that allows you to travel without plans. This is perfect for the go-where-you-may traveller.

Get around[edit]


  • Kilgarvan Motor Museum, +353 64 85346. This family run museum offers the opportunity to view vintage and classic cars from all over the world. It opened in 1985 and is located Slaheny, Kilgarvan. Come see Rolls Royce, Bentley, Alvis, Armstrong Siddeley and many other fascinating cars.


  • Eclipse Ireland, Dromore Old, +353 64 6682965. An equestrian and adventure seeking centre. Some of the more intense activities include falconry demonstrations and courses, raft building, rock climbing, team challenge adventures, and laser tag. For the more relaxed, Eclipse Ireland offers yoga, fishing, golf and horse riding lessons.
  • Kenmare Bay Diving, Bunaw Pier, Kilmackillogue harbour, Lauragh, +353 876 993 793, . Diving off of the Beara Peninsula is offered for every experience level. Guests can hire equipment through Kenmare Bay Diving, learn to dive, or get their PADI (Professional association of diving instructors). Several diving locations are available for every level of diver.
  • Kissane Sheep Farm, Foardal, +353 87 260 0410, . Run by the Kissane family for the past 150 years, the Kissane Sheep Farm opened to visitors in 2005 and is a traditional, working sheep farm, complete with sheep dogs, and of course, sheep. Guests can see sheepdog demonstrations, sheep shearing demonstrations, bottle feed lambs, go hiking through the mountains, and complete a puzzle walk or treasure hunt. If feeling philanthropic, one can even "adopt" a sheep! Located on the Ring of Kerry.


  • Kenmare Lace and Design. A museum, a craft shop, a meeting place for lacemakers from around the world, and a gift shop. Beautiful lace is available for purchase from this world famous centre for lace production, as well materials to create lace from scratch.
  • The Marketplace. Every Wednesday, local products are sold at the market located on the square. Vegetables, fruits, potatoes, cheese, and bread can be purchased here.


  • PF McCarthy's Pub and Restaurant, 14, Main St, +353 64 664-1516. Opened in 1913, PF McCarthy's is in the heart of Kenmare. Offers traditional Irish and pub food, including a great seafood chowder.



  • Ard Mullen, Henry St (in the centre of town), +353 64 664-2741. Family run self catering accommodation.
  • Davitts Kenmare, Henry St (in the centre of the town), +353 64 664-2741. Family run bed and breakfast accommodation.
  • Failte Hostel (Kenmare Fáilte Hostel), Shelbourne St (Opposite the Post Office), +353 87 711 6092, . Dorms and family and Double/Twin rooms en suite. Comfortable, clean and well run. Hostel open from the 1st of April to 31st of October.
  • Hawthorn Lodges, Shelbourne St, +353 64 6641035, . Family run self catering accommodation.
  • (Jer Foley), Henry St (Located on Henry Steet in O Donnabhains Bar & Guesthouse), +353 87 243-9304, . Check-in: 16:00, check-out: 10:00. Self-catering holidays homes in and around Kenmare, Co. Kerry. Owner managed with different houses types. Reserve on-line or contact/e-mail owner direct for last minute deals. Houses range from 295 € to €995 per week depending on the season; shorter bookings also available.
  • Whispering Pines, Bellheight (on N71 kenmare/glengarriff/bantry rd.), +353 64 664-1194, . Lovely B&B next to the town centre. Small, family run place ran by some of the nicest people in Ireland. Excellent breakfast. 35 to 45 including breakfast.
  • Brook Lane Hotel, Killarney Road, Kenmare V93 T289 (junction of N71 and N70), +353 64 664 2077. Charming small hotel. No dogs. Live music in Casey's Bar. B&B double from €150.


The area dialing code for Kenmare is 064. When calling from overseas, dial +353 64 XXXXX.

Emergency (Police, Fire Department, Ambulance):999

Kenmare Community Hospital: +353 64 41008 or +353 64 41359

Kenmare Gardai (Republic of Ireland police force): +353 64 6641177

Marine or Mountain rescue: +353 64 31222

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