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Kenmare & Sneem

Along Iveragh’s southernmost edge, the Ring of Kerry passes through Sneem and Kenmare, skimming the sheltered Kenmare Bay.

This richly wooded area, brushed by the Gulf Stream, has a tranquil feel. From the palms and grassy beach paths of Derrynane National Park, to the canopies of trees along the route, the hedgerows of monbretia, fuchsia and rhododendrons, and the green-forested islands just off shore – this is the Garden of Ireland.

It’s great walking country, with heather and gorse-covered mountains to the north, and dreamy views south to Beara’s blue peaks. Every walk here has a story – and ancient history is clearly seen in the stone circles, standing stones, bullán stones and ringforts.

The village of Sneem on the Ring of Kerry
The village of Sneem on the Ring of Kerry

Visitors take to the water to kayak, fish, swim, dive and sail, and on sea safaris exploring the Bay’s rich marine habitat, including one of Ireland’s largest seal colonies.

Halfway up the Bay, friendly little Sneem – whose Irish name An tSnaidhm means the Knot – is a village of colourful houses and two small squares. Here travellers stop for sustenance in pubs and cafes, and stay on in hotels and B&Bs. Sneem is proud of its famous guests – George Bernard Shaw, Princess Grace and Charles de Gaulle all holidayed here.

Dinish Island outside Kenmare
Dinish Island outside Kenmare

At the head of the Bay is Kenmare, an elegant 17th century market town – called An Neidin or ‘the Nest’ in Irish. This lively place buzzes with hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, arty shops, cafes and dozens of pubs with traditional music sessions. There’s still a weekly market and annual traditional Fair Day, when farmers bring livestock into the middle of town.

From Kenmare there are choices to be made: north on the Ring through the National Park, south on the Ring of Beara, or over the Caha Mountains and on into West Cork.

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This is jut a sample of what the Sneem and Kenmore have to offer. All of our tours are tailored specifically to cater for your specific needs and expectations.

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Kenmare & Sneem Gallery

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