Kenmare has many must do activities. Kenmare is a walkers' paradise and caters for every level of walking enthusiast. The Kenmare Walking club has its own website where you can find details of walks and walking events planned for the year. Many walks are possible in the area and are well signposted. The famous Kerry Way is amongst them.
See below a list of endless Activities in and around Kenmare!!
Touring around Kenmare brings you to some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. The town is a perfect base from which to experience all that the south west of Ireland has to offer and Kenmare Coach and Cab with 60 years’ experience, provides guided tours in appropriate vehicles for small or large groups. Probus, another local touring specialist, also offers ‘The Porsche Experience’, a 4 wheel drive carrier which allows guests to sample the lesser known byways of the area – tracks which other vehicles may not be able to negotiate
Play the Fiddle whether you’re a novice or a concert violinist! At Kerry Fiddles you can take an Irish fiddle holiday, with a planned itinerary including lessons and free time for sightseeing. All playing ability levels are accommodated. -
Retail Therapy is a pleasure in Kenmare with such a wealth of quirky shops to visit. Surely there isn’t a town in Ireland with such diverse gift, clothing and craft stores. And, when you need a breather, there are plenty of cafes, delis and coffeehouses to relax in.
Go to the Theatre in Kenmare at the town’s Carnegie Arts Centre. There’s a broad selection of events to be found on its schedule, with something for all ages and interests - concerts, plays, films and exhibitions. -
The Rolls of Butter is the local name for a distinctive multi-bullaun stone, situated adjacent to the Drom-Fiachna Cemetary in the town land of Garranes. It’s one of the most significant Stone Age monuments in western Europe. Bonane, the parish in which this stone is found, has a wealth of history and informative tours can be arranged from Molly Gallivan’s. - Phone: 064 66 40714/41455
Chocolate Making at ‘Bonane’s Chocolate Factory’ is well worth a visit. Lorge Chocolatier is the name of the business and Benoit Lorge produces the most delicious home-made chocolates which are distributed nationally. Both dark and milk chocolates in a range of rich, mouthwatering flavours are available.
Visit Sneem on the Ring of Kerry. Enjoy a wonderful drive along the north side of Kenmare Bay to reach the village of Sneem. This is an unusual and picturesque Irish village with two greens and a wealth of bars and pubs. There are a number of walks to enjoy in and around the village - particularly the ‘Garden of the Senses’ and activities at the Resource Centre. –
Wine Tasting With Alain Bras, one of Ireland’s top celebrated wine experts. Tastings can be serious or fun depending on the group and the occasion. A great way to celebrate a birthday, pre-wedding party or other special event. This is a unique way to surprise the guest of honour or simply to increase your knowledge on wine, in a relaxed atmosphere in the remarkable town of Kenmare, with a multi-award winning wine lecturer. Wine tastings are for approx. 2 hours and include a selection of fine wines specially chosen for your group by Alain Bras and an assortment of canapés can be provided.
Adopt a Sheep at the Kissane Working Sheep Farm with around 1,000 sheep and lambs. Watch sheepdog and shearing demonstrations and have a go at shearing yourself! There are mountain walks and a Treasure Trail for kids. Kissane’s is at Moll’s Gap.
Reenagross Park was laid out as an idyllic oak island just 3 minutes from town by Lord Lansdowne in the early 1900s. It’s a beautiful walk by the water which leads you out into the middle of the Roughty River with of course, beautiful views in every direction. –
Dereen Gardens is at Lauragh and is a magnificent water-side estate, full of unusual shrubs, trees and plants. There are a number of named walks to explore with subtropical vegetation all around and beautiful views at ever turn. There’s also a tea-shop to relax in after your exertions. –
Pancakes on the mountain is known as ‘the biggest little treat in Kerry’ and are the speciality of The Strawberry Field pancake restaurant, near Moll’s Gap. The restaurant offers a big range of delicious savoury and sweet pancackes, each named after a local area. You can also buy interesting and original wrought-iron work, and plaster designs here.
Lace is a commodity for which Kenmare is justifiably famous since the Poor Clare nuns first established a lace room at their convent in 1864. Now the tradition is maintained at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre of the Courthouse Building in the Square, where you can watch demonstrations and buy lace products.
Pottery making demonstrations and indeed courses are available at Anam-Cre Arts Centre which is located in a very peaceful location not far from Kenmare town. In the creative atmosphere of Anam-Cre [which means ‘world of clay’ in Irish], you can design, make and fire your own pieces. Booking is essential though.
Market Day is every Wednesday in Kenmare. The stalls and traders appear early in the morning each Wednesday and soon there’s a busy, bustling atmosphere around the square as people inspect the produce. There’s a great range of locally- produced and international products, artefacts and antiques. –