The picturesque town of Kenmare
has several clothing and craft stores, art galleries, cafes, delis and
gourmet restaurants serving fresh locally sourced food.
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 beautiful views in every direction.
Kenmare Bay Hotel within a short distance has a gym and a leisure centre with a hot tub, sauna, steam room and an indoor swimming pool and solarium which is open to
The Carnegie Arts Centre
The Carnegie Arts Centre in Kenmare is a cultural multi-purpose arts centre
with a 140-seat theatre. Films, dramas, live music shows, comedy productions
art & photography exhibitions are regularly staged there.
The Kenmare Heritage Centre is located at the rear of the Tourist
Office in the Square and explains in words and pictures the history of
Kenmare since it was established by Sir William Petty around 1670. Kenmare
is famous for its Lace since the Poor Clare nuns first established a lace
room at their convent in 1864; the tradition is maintained at Kenmare
Lace and Design Centre in the the Heritage Centre where you can watch
demonstrations and buy lace products.
Boat Trips on Kenmare Bay
The Seafari runs several daily Eco tours from Kenmare Pier lasting 2 hours;
see the seals in their natural habitat and enjoy the informative commentary
and refreshments on board. Star Outdoors, Adventure Centre operates from
Dawros Pier on the Beara road; activities include cruises on the bay,
sailing, canoeing, kayaking etc. The scenery from the water is breathtaking
including views of 2 castles on the shores of Kenmare Bay.
There is a Farmers Market in Kenmare every Wednesday with a wide selection
of produce including artisan cheeses, fish, free range meat and eggs etc.
There is a Farmers Market Co-Op Shop open in Bridge St. And a Health Shop
in Henry St. selling whole foods, organic produce and organic wines.