Kenmare, "The Jewel on the Ring of Kerry" nestles on the sea-shore, at the foot of the Cork and Kerry mountains. The town, founded in 1670 by Sir William Petty, has preserved many original features but now bustles with over 30 restaurants, bars, craft shops, hotels, guest houses, and a host of activities for tourists. Kenmare is also known as a walkers paradise and will cater for every walking enthusiast.
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 area provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland with its Iron Age forts, Ogham Stones, ancient monasteries, and a landscape carved out of rock by the last Ice Age.
Things to See & Do
* Stone Circle
* Kenmare Heritage Centre
* Walk the Kerry Way
* Kenmare town centre
Cruise Season – March - Nov
Currency – Pound Sterling (£)
Language – English & Irish
Population – 1,900
Electricity – 2 vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time – GMT plus zero hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 44
Port Location – The port is located on the Kenmare river.
Transport Links – There are daily bus-services to Killarney. There is also a daily service to Cork in the summer months. The airport is situated just 8 km south of Cork City. The West Cork region is also easily accessible to other airports, the city being only 76 miles from Shannon Airport and 63 miles from Farranfore (Kerry) Airport.
The Ferryport for the West Cork Region is located at Ringaskiddy, south-east of Cork city. With its natural sheltered deepwater harbour, the Ringaskiddy Ferry Terminal is the ideal entry point for visiting ferry and cruise passengers to Cork. The Cork Region can also be accessed easily from Rosslare, Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Ferry ports.