Local Area

Learn more about the area around The Arches, the local towns, and the best nearby ammeneties
Local Towns

Kenmare is located at the head of Kenmare Bay (where it reaches the farthest inland), sometimes called the Kenmare River, and at the junction of the Iveragh Peninsula and the Beara Peninsula. It is also located near the MacGillycuddy's Reeks, Mangerton Mountain and Caha Mountains and is a popular hillwalking destination. The town lies on two noted Irish tourist routes, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara, approximately 32 kilometres (20 miles) from Killarney. As a result, it is a popular tourist destination and many of the businesses in the area cater to tourists. The town is noted for its food and pubs.


Sneem is a village situated on the Iveragh Peninsula (part of the Ring of Kerry), in County Kerry. It lies on the estuary of the River Sneem which expands here to Kenmare Bay. The N70 road runs through the town which is around 22 kilometres (14 miles) west of Kenmare. 


Killarney is a town in County Kerry. The town is on the northeastern shore of Lough Leane, part of Killarney National Park, and is home to St Mary's Cathedral, Ross Castle, Muckross House and Abbey, the Lakes of Killarney, MacGillycuddy's Reeks, Purple Mountain, Mangerton Mountain, Paps Mountain, the Gap of Dunloe and Torc Waterfall. Its natural heritage, history and location on the Ring of Kerry make Killarney a popular tourist destination. In 2023, in a scheme intended to reduce litter volumes during the tourist season, Killarney became the first town in Ireland to ban single-use coffee cups.

Local Resaurants

Looking for the best eateries nearby? View the top ten restaurants for breakfast, dinner, and eating with children in the surrounding area.

What To Do

So, you're planning your trip to Kenmare. What are you going to do with your time here? View the top activities and sights in the area to make the most of your holiday.