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Kenmare is the gateway to The Beara Peninsula, The Ring of Kerry and the southern part of The Wild Atlantic Way. Magical breathing taking scenery is everywhere.

Kenmare is known in Irish as "Neidin" (the little nest) because the town "nestles" amongst the surrounding mountains which are such a striking feature of the landscape. The town also benefits from being a coastal town positioned on the estuary of Kenmare Bay. It is an award- winning heritage town, a serene, pretty place that bustles at an Irish pace. Its reputation for warm and welcoming hospitality is renowned.

There is something here for everyone - wonderful food, shops filled with crafts and art, lace and designer wear, boutiques and produce from local artisans, activities and places to explore and experience, or why not sit awhile in one of the many cafés, restaurants or bars and enjoy the ambience of this very special place.


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 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
  • Stena Line operates on routes from the UK to Rosslare. Phone 00353 (0)21 4272965
  • Irish Ferries operates on routes from UK and France to Rosslare. Phone 00353 1890 313131
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