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Kenmare, County Kerry

county kerryFounded in 1670, with its rich historical, cultural and environmental importance, Kenmare is County Kerry's first Heritage Town. Kenmare is one of the most idyllic places in Ireland, a haven of breathtaking scenery, tranquillity and gourmet food, and one of the most natural and unspoilt environments in Europe.

Linking the famous coastal drives of the Ring of Kerry and the rugged Ring of Beara, Kenmare nestles in the heart of Kenmare Bay and is a perfect location from which to discover the South West of Ireland. Visitors to Kenmare will treasure lasting memories of its colourful shop fronts, diverse choice of restaurants and stunning scenery.

The 175km Ring of Kerry, famed worldwide, follows the coastline of the Iveragh peninsula and is one of the most dramatic scenic drives in the country. Take a day tour of this route with the numerous picturesque villages, historical landmarks, sandy coves and beaches to be admired along the way.

To the south of Kenmare is the unspoiled Ring of Beara where traffic is minimal, there is an abundance of archaeological sites and its rugged beauty and spectacular views are beyond compare.

Killarney National Park, north of Kenmare, is 10,000 hectares of woodland and magical mountains, with spectacular views of the lakes of Killarney.

Other important tourist attractions in Kenmare include golfing, fishing, cruising on the bay, horse riding, walking on the mountains or soaking up the best of traditional Irish music in the local pubs.

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