Local Activities

A selection of activities you may want to enjoy on your stay!
Fun for the family in Kenmare

The Ring of Beara: Lies to the south of Kenmare. Its rugged beauty is beyond compare, traffic is minimal and it abounds with archeological sites and spectacular views. 
Carnegie Arts Centre: Cultural and arts centre in Kenmare (often a good film on Thursday evening).
Horse riding & Adventure Centres:
There are plenty of options for horse riding/water based activities and adventure centres within a few miles
     Blackwater riding stables

     Dromquinna riding stables  

     Ring of Kerry

Kenmare Heritage walk: Maeve Kelly, Monday-Friday @ 11am and 5.30pm
Starting point Kenmare tourist office (1.5 hrs €8) Book at tourist office or call Maeve.
Reenagross Park Kenmare 
Stone Circle Kenmare: The stone circle at Kenmare has to be one of the easiest monuments to visit. It is located just a five minute walk from the centre of Kenmare Town

Cromwell's Bridge: Supposedly build by Augustine monks in the 11 century
Kenmare Market: Every Wednesday & Friday in Kenmare Town with great food, crafts and souvenirs

Day Trips

SEAFARI: Seal and Eagle watching cruises, daily trips from Kenmare pier

Skelling Islands: Book a day trip to the historical islands by boat

Bamboo Park Glengarriff: The unique exotic garden in one of the most attractive areas of Ireland

Star Outdoors: A purpose-built adventure centre for water sports as well as other adventurous pursuits

The Ewe Experience: Visit Ireland's only interactive and interpretative sculpture garden in a spectacular waterfall oasis

Molly Gallivan's Traditional Farm: At Molly Gallivan’s you will experience the simple country lifestyle in rural Ireland before the days of electricity & modern conveniences

Lorge Chocolate Workshop: Visit the workshop to see just how the delicious chocolates in the Kenmare shop are made

Killarney Fishing Tours: Enjoy a day out fishing on the Lakes of Killarney or take to the many rivers of south west Ireland

Killarney National Park: 10,000 hectares of woodland and magical mountains, with spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney. (Landmarks are Molls Gap/Ladies view/Torc waterfall/Ross Castle/Black valley/Muckross house) Lovely café (Thatched cottage) in national park across from Cathedral which is an employment centre for people with Down Syndrome.

Torc Waterfall: According to legend, the cursed man was transformed into a wild boar every night and it’s said that he’d spend his evenings roaming the area near the waterfall. This continued until the man’s secret was revealed by a local farmer. The revelation of the secret resulted in the man bursting into flames and disappearing into the nearby Devils Punchbowl.

Further Afield

Dingle Peninsula: 'The most beautiful place on earth' - National Geographic
Crag Cave: Crag Cave is a unique and fascinating subterranean world thought to be over one million years old. Ireland’s most exciting show cave is an all-weather visitor attraction located in Castleisland, the gateway to Kerry.

     Crazy Cave: Heaven for kids, a haven for adults! Three-tiered soft play system, mega Astra slide, safe exploration and a café for grown-ups!
The Michael Collins Centre: A famous for it’s live dramatised illustrated presentations, during which photographs and maps are used to tell the story of Michael Collins in a traditional Irish storytelling style

     Béal na Bláth: A small village on the R585 road in County Cork, Ireland. The area is best known as the site of the ambush and death of the Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins in 1922. 
Sheep’s Head Peninsula: The Sheep’s Head Way walking route forms part of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and it focuses on the famous Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork between Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay

Mizen Head: Ireland's most Southwesterly point