Along the southern most edge of the Iveragh Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry skirts the peaceful, sheltered Kenmare Bay. This richly wooded area, brushed by the Gulf Stream and sheltered by high mountains to the north, has an almost languorous feel. From the palms and grassy beach paths of Derrynane National Park at the mouth of the Bay, to the thick canopies of trees along the route, from the hedgerows of monbretia and rhododendrons to the green forested islands just off shore –it’s no wonder some call this the Garden of Ireland.
This is great walking country, with lakes, rivers and open sea, and mountains all around –heather and gorse covered slopes to the north, and dreamy views across the Bay to the blue peaks of the Beara Peninsula. And it’s crowded with early history – stone circles, stone forts, standing stones, bullaun stones and ring forts. Visitors take to the water too – on sea Safaris out into the Atlantic, or staying in the shelter of the Bay to kayak, fish, swim and sail.
At the head of the Bay is Kenmare, an elegant 17th century market . This welcoming, lively place buzzes with 5 star hotels and chic spas, B&Bs, smart restaurants, arty shops, cosy cafes and dozens of friendly pubs with live traditional music sessions. Yet – even in the centre of town – you’re still surrounded by nature, and only ever moments away from relaxing peace and tranquility.
From Kenmare you can visit Bonane Heritage Park and walk through history. Explore the ancient ring fort, stone circle, standing stone and famine ruin. Also worth a visit is Molly Gallivan’s Cottage and Farm, where you can experience the simple lifestyle in rural Ireland before the days of electricity. We’d be happy to take you on a private tour to explore all these historical places.
When staying in Kenmare why not book a private sightseeing tour with us to discover the best the area has to offer. Of course we would also be happy to arrange a tailor-made chauffeur-driven vacation for you including all transfers, sightseeing tours and your accommodation in Kenmare.