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Welcome to Kenmare, the jewel in the crown of the Ring of Kerry. Kenmare is renowned for its exceptional beauty and unique lay out. Dating back to its origins in 1678 the heritage town of Kenmare, Co. Kerry has been one of Ireland's most idyllic and must visit destinations. Nestled peacefully at the mouth of the Kenmare Bay, It offers visitors a gate way to the Ring of Kerry, Wild Atlantic Way and The Ring of Beara Peninsula.

The colourful town of Kenmare has a selection of unique boutiques and shops. It is known as the gourmet capital of Ireland with its vast range of eateries featuring fine dining, family and deli restaurants. As a heritage town steeped in history, renowned for Kenmare Lace, the stone circle and buildings and bridges of historical interest time in Kenmare is never dull.


The closest airport to Kenmare is Kerry Airport at Farranfore which is about 50 minutes' car journey from the town. Cork airport is 80 minutes' drive away. The most direct route from the airports is via the N22 road which links Killarney and Cork. Turn off at loo bridge for Kenmare on the R569 which is well signposted.


Buses from the airports connect with the major town of Killarney from which a bus direct to Kenmare can be taken. There is also a daily bus service direct from Cork City to Kenmare via Bandon, Skibbereen and Bantry.
The telephone number of Cork Bus Station is 00 353 (0)21 450 8188.
The bus services vary by time of year so we recommend you visit www.buseireann.ie to get precise bus departure and arrival times.


Ferry services currently connect with the south and south east of Ireland and the operating companies are:

  • Brittany Ferries operates a service between Roscoff and Cork. Phone 00353 (0)21 4277801 http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk
  • Stena Line operates on routes from the UK to Rosslare. Phone 00353 (0)21 4272965 http://www.stenaline.ie
  • Irish Ferries operates on routes from France to Rosslare. Phone 00353 1890 313131 http://www.irishferries.co.uk


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