Visiting Kenmare

What to see and do in Kenmare, Ireland

Kenmare, the city at the crossroads. The city of Kenmare is a very busy market town, known for its fertile plains and valley that are extremely beneficial for the farmers that live there. However, Kenmare is also the city that is noted on two of the main tourist routes in Ireland, the Ring of Beara and the Ring of Kerry. One can even say that half the town is focused on agricultural practices, while the other half businesses in the area cater to tourists. Since the 1990s, the city’s population has increased by a great deal, especially during the peak tourist seasons, as many Irish have invested in holiday homes in that region. From Kenmare you can easily get to the Beara Peninsula, home of the Dunboy Castle, the Copper Mines Museum, Derreen Gardens and the Puxley Mansion for instance. At the same time, from Kenmare you can head in the opposite direction to check out the Muckross House, the Staigue stone fort, Ross Castle, Lough Lane and an abundance of religious monuments. Since there are a lot of bus tours in both directions that are driving anti-clock wise, it is recommended that you start your tour from Kenmare if you are travelling by car.

Getting to Kenmare

Kenmare is in County Kerry, just south of the Killarney National Park, and on the N70 and N71 roads, making it very easy to approach from north, south or west.

Moving on from Kenmare

If you haven't already done so, you must visit the Killarney National Park, and from there you could also spend some time in Killarney town.

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