Hey Everybody! Happy Friday.. and what makes it even better is it is a Bank Holiday! I always love a Bank Holiday it just makes you want to get out and about and everyone is in high spirits! Although I am working for most of it, I’ll definitely fit some exploring in at some point!
Today, I am talking about Kenmare. Kenmare is referred to as the ‘Head of the Sea’ and it is located in County Kerry. This is a great lively place to visit and even though you aren’t leaving Ireland, Kenmare feels as though you are on a holiday abroad. When the sun is out you can walk along the streets, which are busy with tourists strolling around, enter some traditional pubs, enter the shops around the town or even sit out and enjoy your food and drink outside. Many restaurants here had seating outside which this alone is something that makes you really feel as though you are on holidays! Or is that just me?
I stayed in self catering accommodation and I was extremely happy with the Sheen View Holiday Homes. There were 6 people in total which fit us all very comfortably in this house. There was a twin room, a single room, a double room and a pull out couch in the sitting room. There was a huge kitchen with all the appliances you need, a fireplace, a garden with benches outside which would be ideal for outdoor dining. The Sheen View Holiday Home is located along the Kenmare estuary so you have views out onto the water. It is also about a 20 minute walk into Kenmare town, which was a bit far for my liking, but a taxi was very easy to get and was cheap.
If you want to stay in a hotel, in the heart of the town that is more upmarket why not stay in The Park Hotel. This is a owned by the well known Irish Hotelier; Francis Brennan. Francis has a television programme where he travels around Ireland helping business’ re-vamp their property and also helping them with sales tactics to help a drowning business. I can imagine that this hotel is pristine and it is awarded 5 stars. We had a walk around on the grounds and they were very nice!
Things To Do;
- Stay in Kenmare as a base point. Kenmare is a stop along the Ring of Kerry so it is close to Killarney, Killarney National Park, Molls Gap, Glengarriff and Sneem. I have talked about nearby places in another post so you can click here if you want to read this.
- As Kenmare is situated near a bay there is no shortage of water activities to take part in. On the estuary near the accommodation we stayed, you can go pony trekking, diving, swimming or you can even take a Seafari Cruise! We headed just outside of Kenmare to Star Outdoors Adventure Center. There were lots of activities to choose from here; Kayaking, Water trampoline, Archery, Paintball, Wakeboarding and more. Some of us rented out kayaks and really enjoyed it. Instead of kayaking around aimlessly, we kayaked out to the water trampoline where you can tie up your kayak and jump off of the trampoline. If this wasn’t enough you can kayak over to a water slide. This was a good extra and the time flew by! Single kayaks for an hour is about €20.
- The nightlife is great here; The Davitts, Crowleys, PF McCarthys, The Square Pint are all great bars with live music and some do food too!
- There is also a Quills Woolen Market where you might get a deal on some traditional Irish knitwear!
- Just relax and enjoy what Kerry has to offer!
I really enjoyed Kenmare with my family and I would love to return back to the same accommodation with a gang of friends for the ultimate weekend away!
I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me!