Other things to see and do
Kenmare and its surrounding area has many things to do and see some of which of are listed below.
Market Day - is every Wednesday in Kenmare and Saturday’s during the summer. 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.
The Heritage Centre - is located at the rear of the Tourist Office in the Square and explains in words and pictures the history of modern Kenmare since it was established by Sir William Petty around 1670. Kenmare Heritage Centre is well worth a visit.
The Stone Circle - In Kenmare is a particularly fine example and is the largest stone circle in south west Ireland. Over 3,000 years old, it consists of 15 stones enclosing a circle measuring about 17metres in diameter. It's known locally as the Druid's Circle and features a capstone which must be around seven tons in weight. The Stone Circle is very close to the centre of town and is signposted from the Square
Rinn na Gcros 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.
Seafari Cruises – Seafari runs daily Eco tours from the pier lasting around two hours. Family run with a musically talented and friendly crew who share their love of nature and Kerry, offering a unique, close-up, personal and inspiringly memorable Irish eco-nature experience! Meet inquisitive common/grey seals and otters. See foxes, deer and goats roam forested shorelines and Islands. Observe prolific bird-life such as gannets, terns, cormorants, egrets and the majestic white tailed sea-eagles feasting on Gulf-Stream nourished seafood! Enjoy complimentary sweets, lollipops, tea, coffee, cookies, “rum tot”, use of binoculars, guide-books, charts, “Kerry wit”, rugs, live traditional music, face- painting and colouring for kids. “Trill or chill” cruising on a custom designed wildlife-watching, licensed 100 capacity expedition ship which is comfortable, roomy, weatherproof, seasick-proof, wheel-chair accessible and has full toilet facilities.
The Star Sailing & Adventure Centre - The Star Sailing & Adventure Centre Operate from their pier at Dawros. A New purpose built Centre offering Sailing, Kayaking, Sea Kayaking, Canoeing, hill walking and more. Courses to suit everyone’s needs be it individuals, families or groups. Star Sailing and Outdoors operate from their pier at Dawros.
Kenmare Bay Diving - Kenmare Bay Diving is a family run, friendly dive centre, located at Kilmackillogue Pier, just 25 mins drive from Kenmare on the Beara Peninsula. They run daily boat diving trips for both complete beginners and experienced divers. Full equipment rental is available as well as PADI Diver training courses.
Molly Gallivan's Bonane - At Molly Gallivan's you will experience the simple country lifestyle in rural Ireland before the days of electricity and modern conveniences. Your visit begins with a unique Audio-visual presentation. depicting the life and times of Molly Gallivan while giving a general history of the surrounding area. Next you will visit Molly’s enchanting cottage which is over 200 years old. Then we invite you to take a stroll down memory lane a 500 metre walk through Molly’s traditional farm where you will witness in real life the farming methods and traditions of the not too distant past. Her farm is complete with animals, fowl and traditional farm machinery.
Bonane Heritage Park - At Bonane Heritage Park there are several archaeological treasures all of which are accessible along 2000 metres of gravelled walkway, each having it's own interpretive board and story to tell. What it does demonstrate is that Bonane, as a community, has been settled for over 5000 years. Amongst the sites are •Ancient Stone Circle (known locally as the Judge and Jury because there are 13 stones) •Fulacht Fiadh (literally meaning 'cooking pot') •Bullaun Stone (said to have held water that was used for medicinal purposes) •Standing Stone (an astrological symbol perhaps) •Ringfort (known as a Fairy Fort in Irish legend) •Famine House Ruins (abandoned during the potato crop failure of the 1840s)
Kissane Sheep Farm (Adopt a Sheep) - Kissane Sheep Farm is a traditional working sheep farm with approx. 1,000 mountain sheep and lambs. The farm is located on the famous Ring of Kerry (N71) near Moll’s Gap. Visitors can meet the farmer, enjoy a sheepdog demonstration, see sheep being sheared, cuddle & bottle feed the pet lambs and do one of the 3 marked walks. Especially for children there is a puzzle walk and a treasure trail on the farm. On Kissane Sheep Farm you can Adopt a Sheep and help preserve the Irish heritage of sheep in the mountains.
Dromquinna Riding Stables - Established in 1949, this family run business was the first riding stables in Kerry and the first open farm in Ireland. Beautiful Scenic Rides to Sea and Mountain for adults and children from 1 hour upwards. Beginners and Advance riders catered for, Pony rides for Small Children or Nervous persons all activities are done with qualified staff.
The Motor Museum - Is near Kenmare was established in 1985 and is a treasure trove of historical motor memorabilia. Kilgarvan Motor Museum, a family-run business has supplied vehicles for major films and regularly offers antique limousines for weddings throughout the county.
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, mouth watering flavours are available.
Visit the Highest Pub in Ireland - Called appropriately enough 'Top of Coom' because it's perched high on a mountain in Kilgarvan named Coom. There have been some challengers for the title but this is the real McCoy – it’s 121 feet higher than its nearest rival and has Ordnance Survey approval for its claim. Cameras are a must on this trip, for the landscapes and to prove you’ve been there!
Dereen Garden - 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.