Local Area

Coss Strand

The beach is great for walking, jogging and enjoying. The closest beech (for beach walking) is approx. 3 km away. Turn left at the bottom of the driveway and drive towards town. You will see an old church and graveyard on the right-hand side about 3km down road with a sign reading ‘Coss Strand’.


Shopping in Kenmare
For groceries there are four main supermarkets in Kenmare.
  1. LIDL (Great selection of European foods & Irish – great value)
  2. SUPERVALU(Large selection of international foods – more expensive)
  3. CENTRA (Late night shopping (Bakery/sandwich deli/hot food and pizza take away and petrol station))
  4. ALDI (Large selection of foods)


Centra is at the T junction at the top of this (N70) road in Kenmare. LIDL, ALDI, and Supervalu are on the shopping centre across from the schools and church in Kenmare.

There is also the Blackwater tavern (3 miles away) – a small rural shop/post office and pub. Has most basic shopping items. Turn right at the bottom of the garden, drive to Blackwater Bridge and take the small road right before the bridge. Travel approx. 1mile up the road past the Eclipse Centre and it is on your left.

Blackwater Tavern does local music and Irish dance every Friday

Souvenirs and Giftshopping
There are a small amount of shops in Kenmare offering a variety of goods.
  1. O'Sullivan Forde: Women’s & children’s clothes and some household items
  2. Quills: Menswear & Irish cloths and gifts
  3. Simplicity: Women’s clothing
  4. Begley&Bowie: Locally made womenswear, children's clothing and jewellery.
  5. Mango Crafts: Unique furniture, and gifts. 
  6. Finnegan’s Corner: Toys, stationery & Irish gifts
  7. Alain and Christine's: Wine & card shop.
  8. Brenmar Jon: Crafts & some womenswear
  9. Nest: children’s and family gifts
  10. Fatface: Women’s/Men’s & children’s clothing


Kenmare is a haven of tranquility, gourmet food, superb accommodation and breathtaking scenery in one of the most natural, unspoilt environments in Europe. Cradled in the heart of Kenmare Bay, the picturesque town of Kenmare is the perfect location from which to discover the South West of Ireland, linking the internationally famous Ring of Kerry with the rugged Ring of Beara.



The Ring of Kerry, known all over the world, follows the coastline of the Iveragh peninsula. It is one of the most dramatic scenic drives in the country and makes a most exciting day tour. Along the 175km route are picturesque villages, an abundance of historical landmarks, sandy coves and beaches.

Our recommendation for driving the Ring of Kerry: Head right at the bottom of the garden on the ring road continue around the ring through Sneem & Waterville, follow the ring towards Ballinskelligs and head over the bridge to Valencia Island. Either take the boat back or come back over the bridge, head to Caherciveen and then come back home through the mountains.


(You will possibly come through Ballegh Osín pass & Ballagh Beama Pass but everybody always finds their own way home and has their own adventure (and yes they are all roads even where the grass grows in the middle!!)