Ring of Kerry Tour

The Ring of Kerry is a very famous scenic drive (170 kms) around the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry on the West Coast of Ireland. Its 179km-long, circular route takes in rugged and verdant coastal landscapes and rural seaside villages. Skellig Michael, a rocky island with an abandoned 7th-century Christian monastery, is a major destination point, with several boats from Portmagee making the 12km crossing during the warmer months

Information on the Ring of Kerry

Attractions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head North towards Killorglin for your first stop where the oldest festival in Ireland Puck Fair is held each year in August. From there you head West for breath taking views out over Rossbeigh strand and the Dingle Peninsula. You can stop off in Kells and visit the tropical gardens or continue on to Cahirciveen where you can take a look at the interpretative centre in the Old Barracks. You cannot miss this distinctive white castle like feature, apparently the plans got mixed up and it was supposed to have been a fort in India but ended up being built in Ireland! From there you can visit Leacanabuaile prehistoric stone fort or head further west to O’Neill’s Restaurant & Pub at Renard’s Point or The Moorings in Portmagee for amazing seafood.

Go see Valentia Island to see the dinosaur footprints or the smaller Ballinskellig’s ring for a view of the dramatic Skelligs either from the cliff road or  the café in the Chocolate Factory overlooking Ard Finnan Bay. you can then take the south side of the Ring of Kerry back to Killarney via Waterville taking in Derrynane House at Caherdaniel and the beautiful little beach there. By the way if you missed the stone fort in Cahirciveen there is an even more impressive one, Staigue Stone Fort just off the left before you get into Sneem. Here you have the short option of branching off inland and heading back into Killarney over the mountains or taking the longer (+14kms) coastal route as far as the charming town of Kenmare, which in my opinion is the best one for shopping and browsing in County Kerry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you do decide to visit Kenmare you should stop into Paul Kelly’s jewellery shop on Henry Street. An enterprising goldsmith by day and organic mussel farmer by night who lives on the Beara Peninsula, he has come up with the novel idea of producing a contemporary Ring of Kerry. Inspired by an Irish mythological tale of love and war recalled by the druid Amergin in the 16th century, it tells of the Princess Sceine whose people where the Milesians, the first inhabitants of Ireland. Intertwining Torc style bands of silver and gold, finished with a brilliant cut diamond and a green emerald combine to symbolize  the green, white and gold of Ireland in what I imagine will become a new classic similar to the Claddagh ring of Galway. Available in sterling silver, 9 or 18 carat gold this new Ring of Kerry is stunning piece of jewellery that would make a fabulous gift, engagement ring or special anniversary present.

Both routes will take you up and over Moll’s gap and past Ladies View, which is particularly lovely as the sun sets throwing a pinky, golden light down through the valley and lighting up the famous Lakes of Killarney. From there it is as relatively easy, downhill drive through some of the oldest oak woods in Ireland where you might be lucky and catch a glimpse of the indigenous red deer or the recently re-introduced sea eagles soaring there. A final stop might be the Torc waterfall.

Dining Out

QC’s Seafood Bar, Restaurant & Townhouse

Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry

Kate and Andrew Cooke’s sensitively renovated bar and restaurant in the centre of Cahirciveen has plenty of character, with original features including a rugged stone wall and an enormous fireplace

Rooms 5 (all en-suite & no smoking, 1 ground floor). B&B €44.50 pps; single €65. Children welcome (under 12s free in parents room, baby sitting arranged). Free broadband wifi. Closed 25 Dec, Good Fri; annual closure 8 Jan – mid Feb. Minimum credit card charge, €25. MasterCard, Visa.

Kate and Andrew Cooke’s sensitively renovated bar and restaurant in the centre of Cahirciveen has plenty of character, with original features including a rugged stone wall and an enormous fireplace; the bar counter is also over a century old and there are numerous pictures of local interest and nautical antiques, reflecting Andrew’s special love affair with the sea.

 

Carrig Country House & Restaurant

Caragh Lake, Co. Kerry

At the heart of Frank and Mary Slattery’s sensitively extended Victorian country house lies a hunting lodge once owned by Lord Brocket – and he chose well, as it is very attractive and handsomely set in fine gardens with the lake and mountains providing a dramatic backdrop

Seats 50 (private room, 15; outdoors, 20); D daily, 7-9. Extensive á la carte. Not suitable for children under 8. House wine from €28.50. SC 10% on groups 6+. Non-residents welcome (booking essential). Establishment closed Dec-Feb. Diners, MasterCard, Visa, Laser.

 

Ard na Sidhe Country House

Caragh Lake, Co. Kerry

Set in woodland and among award-winning gardens, this peaceful retreat is in a beautiful and romantic mountain location overlooking Caragh Lake.

Rooms 18 (3 suites, 1 family, 5 ground floor, 6 no smoking); B&B €90 pps; single €160. Free broadband wifi; Croquet, Boat Trips, Fishing (Fly & Coarse), Garden, Walking. Equestrian, Golf & Garden visits all nearby. Fairyhill Restaurant Seats 45, open Tue-Sun for D 7-8.30pm. Hotel closed mid Oct-May. Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Laser

Ard na Sidhe (‘Hill of the Fairies’) was constructed in 1913 for Lady Edith Gordon (a keen gardener) to the designs of the English architect Percy Richard Morley Horder, in a revivalist Elizabethan style that was popular for country houses at that time, and it is one of the most impressive Arts and Crafts houses in Ireland.

 

Lime Tree Restaurant

Kenmare, Co. Kerry

This atmospheric restaurant has been one of the most consistently popular dining choices in the area since 1994 – and, with the original chef Michael Casey now proprietor/chef and heading up a dynamic team, it’s set to stay that way.

Seats 60 (private room, 18-26). D Thu-Mon 6-9pm; à la carte. House wine about €25 (glass €7); sc discretionary. Children welcome until 8.30pm (high chair); toilet wheelchair accessible; air conditioning. Reservations advised. Closed Tue & Wed. Call to check opening times off season. MasterCard, Visa, Laser.

 

Packie’s

Kenmare, Co. Kerry

In a town blessed with an exceptional choice of wonderful eating places, the Foley family’s buzzy little restaurant in Kenmare has long been a favourite for returning visitors.

Seats 35; D Tue-Sun, 6-10; set 2/3 course D €30/45; also á la carte. House wine from €18; sc discretionary. Reservations advised. Children welcome (high chair); air conditioning. Closed Mon; Feb. MasterCard, Visa, Laser.

Oozing with atmosphere, it’s an informal and relaxed place to eat – “honest, clean cooking with genuinely friendly service” is the stated promise and and an underlying discipline of professionalism ensures that it is delivered every time.

 

Park Hotel Kenmare

Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Even the most jaded traveller would have to agree that a stay at this renowned hotel is always a treat. With a magnificent waterside location in the midst of Ireland’s most scenic landscape, it has views over gardens to the ever-changing mountains across the bay – yet it is virtually in the centre of the Heritage Town of Kenmare.

Restaurant Seats 80 (private room, 30, outdoor dining 20). D, 7-9 daily, €70; The Terrace, D nightly 6.30-9 (à la carte bistro menu, average cost €14.50-€55). House wine from about €35. Afternoon Tea and short à la carte lounge menu also available, 11-6pm; sc discretionary. Not suitable for children under 7 yrs. Hotel open 6 March-29 Nov, re-opens for Christmas/New Year 23 Dec-3 Jan. Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

 

Sheen Falls Lodge

Kenmare, Co. Kerry

A luxurious and stylish international hotel where the staff ensure that it quickly becomes a home from home for each new guest. Set in a 300-acre estate just across the river from Kenmare town, this stunning hotel made an immediate impact from the day it opened in April 1991; it has continued to develop and mature most impressively since then and a major refurbishment plan has recently been completed.

Restaurant Seats 120 (private room, 20; outdoor seating, 12). Pianist, evenings; toilets wheelchair accessible. D daily 7-9. 2/3 course Set D €49/€65, Tasting Menu €89. House wines from €36.80.SC discretionary. Hotel closed Jan 2 – Feb 4 & midweek Nov, Dec, Feb & Mar. Amex, Diners, MasterCard, Visa.

 

The Europe Hotel & Resort

Killarney, Co. Kerry

Open since 1965, this impressive hotel may now be over fifty years old, but it was exceptionally well built and has been so well maintained through the years that it has continued to outshine many a new top level hotel.

 

 

 

 

The Moorings

Portmagee, Co. Kerry

Although this quayside bar and restaurant has always been known for excellent local seafood, the ante has been upped considerably – with the arrival of head chef Noel Dennehy in the kitchen. Skilful cooking and flavour cormbinations come to the fore in dishes like The Moorings hot seafood medley of Dingle Bay prawns, Portmagee crab, fresh salmon and cod in light cream sauce with lemon and garlic.

Rooms 16 (4 junior suites, 8 family, 2 ground floor, 16 no smoking). B&B €45-50 pps. Children welcome (under 3s free in parents room, cot available free of charge, baby sitting arranged). Free broadband wifi. Equestrian, fishing, garden visits & golf all nearby. House closed 25/26 Dec. Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Laser.

 

Jack’s Coastguard Restaurant

Killorglin, Co. Kerry

A delightful restaurant and a great asset to the area – it’s well worth building a visit into your plans . Just a stone’s throw from the sea at Cromane, where the mussels that the area is famous for are landed, this handsome stone building is smartly maintained and sends out all the right signals from the outset. Jack’s celebrated 50 years in business a few years ago, having been opened by the original owner, Jack Sugrue, in December 1961 – and, now in the ownership of Brian and Grainne Keary, it’s going stronger than ever today .

Seats 130 (private room, 20); D Mon & Wed=Sun, 6-9pm; Sun L 1-3.30pm; Bar MenuL Mon & Wed-Sat, 1-3pm; 2/3 course set D €33.95/39.95; also à la carte; 2/3 course Sun L €22.50/26.50. Wines from €24 (many also available by glass/carafe) children welcome before 10pm (high chair); toilets wheelchair accessible. Closed Tue; open bank hols. Hours vary off season. MasterCard, Visa.

 

Poff’s (formerly The Breadcrumb)

Kenmare, Co. Kerry

When Helen Poff says great food, that means the best of local food, mainly from Kerry and the neighbouring counties. Helen Poff, former head breakfast chef at the nearby Park Hotel, took over Manuela Goeb’s much loved continental bakery,The Breadcrumb, in 2015 – and for her too, good food is the passion.

Seats 30 (+ some outside on good days). Open: Mon 8.30am-5pm, Wed-Sun 8.30am-5pm. Closed Tues

 

The Boathouse Winebar & Bistro

Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Stylish waterfront bistro and wine bar beautifully situated in a 19th century boathouse overlooking a little harbour. Located in the grounds of the gorgeous Dromquinna Manor on the shores of Kenmare Bay – a stunning property rescued from dereliction by John “At Your Service” Brennan and re-opened as a ‘glamping’ destination and wedding venue in 2012 .

Seats 70 (outdoors, 40). Children welcome (high chair). Jul-Aug: Open Mon-Sun 12.30-9; May-June & Sep: Tue-Sun 12.30-9 (closed Mon); Oct: Thu-Sun 12.30-9 (closed Mon-Wed). Full à la carte menu all day. A phone call to check is advisable off season; evening reservations recommended, especially at weekends. MasterCard, Visa.

 

Cill Rialaig Café

Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry

Unlikely as it may seem in this beautiful but remote location, there’s an ongoing programme of exhibitions, workshops and other events here all year, and the inner man is well looked after here too, at the Cill Rialaig Café,

Open: Off-season (Oct to mid-May) Thu – Sun, 11 to 5; summer season (mid May-Sep), open daily 11-6. (By appointment: +353 (0)66 947 9277)

 

 

The Strawberry Field

Kenmare, Co. Kerry

High up in hills on the road between Moll’s Gap and Sneem, Peter and Margaret Kerssens specialise in making tempting pancakes – to the delight of the travellers seeking sustenance on this lovely road

7 days a week all year round from 11 am till 6 pm (Call ahead to check opening times off season). Ample parking; children’s playground

 

 

The Quarry Restaurant

Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry

Pat Golden’s family run “one stop shop” on the Ring of Kerry is extremely useful to know about – not only will you get good home cooking here, but there’s a post office and foodstore, filling station, tourist information point and bureau de change. The ‘Golden Mile Nature Walk’ up behind the quarry, is just the place to walk off your lunch.

Seats 86. Open daily 9am-6pm, Easter-Oct. A la carte; house wine from about €15. Air conditioning. Children welcome. Closed Oct-Easter

 

Number 35

Kenmare, Co. Kerry

In a town that has earned such renown for the quality of its food and hospitality, Number 35 has a lot going for it, especially in terms of provenance and atmosphere.

Seats 40 (private room, 16). D only, 5.30-10. A la carte; also midweek 2/3 course D €23.95/28.95; group menus €28.50-€35. House wine from €20. Children welcome (high chair, children’s menu). Closed Mon & Tue; call ahead to check opening times off season. Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

This popular restaurant in the centre of Kenmare is in common ownership with the nearby Brook Lane Hotel and, even in a town that has earned such renown for the quality of its food and hospitality, it stands out for the pride that owners Dermot and Una Brennan and head chef Joe Ryan take in showcasing the best of local produce – and for atmosphere.

 

Tom Crean Fish & Wine

Kenmare, Co. Kerry

There’s a great buzz in the big and airy room, the cooking is competent and service is professional & friendly. Situated at the top of Main Street in Kenmare opposite the Landsdowne Hotel, this well known building was once a bank.

Seats 100 (outdoors, 36; private room, 35). D daily 5-10pm, 2/3 course early bird D 5-6.30pm €20/25. Children welcome (high chair). House wine from €19.90. Free broadband wifi. Closed Tue (May-Sep), 7 Jan-end Mar. Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Laser.

 

The Horseshoe

Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Everyone loves the atmosphere at this pleasingly old-fashioned bar and restaurant at the bottom of Kenmare Main Street . This cosy bar is especially attractive when visiting out of season, and it’s open all year.

Seats 35. Open for L & D daily, 12.30-2.30pm & 5-10pm; á la carte; sc 12.5% on groups 10+. Children welcome before 10pm; air conditioning. Open all year. MasterCard, Visa, Laser.

 

 

Jam

Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Eat in or take away, James Mulchrone’s delightful bakery and café is a great spot to stock up on homemade goodies.

*Also at: Old Market Lane, Killarney (see entry). Seats 55; Open daily (closed Sun off season), 8am-6pm; house wine €4.75 per glass. Air conditioning. Closed Sun in Oct-Mar, 4 days Christmas. MasterCard, Visa, Laser.

 

 

 

P F McCarthys

Kenmare, Co. Kerry

This fine establishment in Kenmare, previously known as the Fáilte Bar, goes back to 1913 and is now known for its tasty food and traditional music.

Seats 60; Food served Mon-Sat 12-9pm. No food on Sun. A la carte; house wine from €18.95; SC discretionary. Outdoor seating available (garden); children welcome before 9pm; toilets wheelchair accessible. Closed 25 Dec, Good Fri. MasterCard, Visa, Laser

 

 

The Purple Heather

Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Open since 1964, Grainne O’Connell’s informal restaurant/bar is a great place, serving wonderfully wholesome food in a relaxed atmosphere – and it’s open almost all year.

Seats 45. Meals Mon-Sat, 11-5.30pm; house wine €20. Free broadband wifi. Closed Sun, Christmas, bank hols. Visa, Laser.

 

 

 

Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa

Killarney, Co. Kerry

One of the country’s most luxurious hotels, with stunning lake and mountain views, and overlooking Killarney’s two 18-hole championship golf courses, this is a special place.

Seats 110 (private room, 75; outdoors, 40); D daily, 6.30-9.30pm. Set D about €55, also á la carte. House wines from €28; wines by the glass from €7.00; half bottles from €18. 12.5% SC on groups of 10+. Reservations accepted; children under 8 welcome before 7pm. Informal menus also offered in The Heights Lounge and The Terrace Bar & Patio (from 11am-9.30pm daily). Afternoon Tea in The Heights Lounge 12 – 19.30 daily. Helipad. Amex, Diners, MasterCard, Visa

 

Bricin

Killarney, Co. Kerry

This is a welcoming restaurant that never disappoints, and it has an old-fashioned character which is especially attractive

Seats 29; air conditioning; D Mon-Sat, 6-9. 2/3 course value D €18/24 6-7pm; Set D €33; also a la carte. House wine from €20. Children welcome. Closed Sun, Mon and Feb. Amex, Diners, MasterCard, Visa, Laser.

Upstairs, over a craft shop Paddy & Johnny McGuire’s country-style first-floor Killarney restaurants been delighting visitors with its warm atmosphere and down-to-earth food since 1990.

 

Gaby’s Seafood Restaurant

Killarney, Co. Kerry

One of Ireland’s longest established seafood restaurants, Gaby’s is expensive, this is one of the great classic Irish kitchens and absolute freshness is clearly the priority, but it has a pleasantly informal atmosphere.

Seats 75 D only, Mon-Sat 6-10; gourmet menu about €50, also á la carte; house wine €25; sc discretionary. Toilets wheelchair accessible; air conditioning; children welcome (high chair). Closed Sun (& Mon, Tue – Jan-Mar). Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Laser.

 

 

Killeen House Hotel

Killarney, Co. Kerry

Just 10 minutes drive from Killarney town centre and 5 minutes from Killeen and Mahony’s Point golf courses, this early nineteenth century rectory is now Michael and Geraldine Rosney’s “charming little hotel”

Seats 50 (private room, 28);non-residents welcome; D daily, 6.30-9.30pm; Set 2/3/4 course D €37.50/47.50/55, house wines from about €22, restaurant sc discretionary. Closed mid Oct-mid April. Amex, Diners, MasterCard, Visa, Laser.

 

 

The Beaufort Bar & Restaurant

Killarney, Co. Kerry

In the fourth generation of family ownership, Padraig O’Sullivan’s attractive establishment near the Gap of Dunloe is always a pleasure to visit. Head chef Tim Brosnan, has been cooking here since 1999, and pride in using local produce is evident, although menus could be used to better effect to promote it. There’s a   bias towards fish, but you’ll also find favourites like herb crusted rack of lamb along with a good choice of other meats, and poultry – possibly including a tempting supreme of chicken with wild mushroom risotto thyme scented jus. Vegetarian and gluten free dishes are also offered.

Restaurant Seats 60 (private room, The Kalem Room, seats 20); D Tue-Sat, 6.30-9.30, a la carte; L Sun only, 1-3; set Sun L €23. House wine €21. Children welcome (high chair, childrens menu, baby changing facilities). Bar food served Tue-Fri; 6-9.30pm. SC discretionary. Restaurant closed D Sun, all Mon; establishment closed Bank Hols, Nov, Christmas week (suggest call to check times off season). MasterCard, Visa, Laser

 

Nick’s Seafood Restaurant & Piano Bar

Killorglin, Co. Kerry

This is one of the famous old restaurants of Ireland and Nick Foley’s is clearly thriving. It consists of two attractive stone-faced townhouses – one a traditional bar with a piano and some dining tables, where arriving guests can linger over a drink and place their orders, the other the main dining area

Seats 60 (private room, 40). D Wed-Sun, 5.30-10pm; early bird D 5.30-7.30pm €26; also 2 sittings at 6.45 and 9.15. Set D €34.95; also a la carte. Extensive wine list; house wine from €20; sc discretionary (10% on groups 8+). Children welcome; air conditioning. Live Piano nightly (7pm-close). Closed Mon & Tue, all Nov, Christmas. MasterCard, Visa, Laser

 

The Parknasilla Resort & Spa

Sneem, Co. Kerry

Set in 500 acres of sub-tropical parkland, overlooking Kenmare Bay, this classic Victorian hotel is blessed with one of the most beautiful locations in Ireland. Originally one of the great old railway hotels, the Parknasilla Great Southern Hotel, it has gone through a period of change in recent years and opened under new ownership in 2013; now, with local businessman Tony Daly – who is highly respected in hospitality circles – heading up a consortium, there is a sense that this lovely property can blossom once again.

Many of the key staff will be familiar to returning guests and the welcome will be as warm as ever, with help on hand for your luggage and the big log fire burning just inside the door. Seats 180 (outdoors, 40; private room, 25), children welcome. L&D daily, 12-6 & 6.30-9pm, à la carte. House wine from €25.

Shopping

Kerry Woollen Mills

Beaufort, Kerry

Kerry Woolen Mills based in Beaufort, County Kerry manufactures and sells fabric and clothing in a treasure trove of lovely pure wool goods. The product range includes blankets, rugs, capes, throws, scarves, jackets and extensive knitwear ranges.

The 17th-century Kerry Woollen Mills in Beaufort, situated on the beautiful Ring of Kerry on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, has been creating fabrics and yarn from fine wool for over 300 years. Remaining faithful to the traditions of its founders, today’s mill takes advantage of up-to-date weaving technology, marrying tradition with contemporary styling for today’s discerning customers in Ireland and overseas.

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Bricín Craft Shop & Restaurant

Killarney, Kerry

Bricín Craft Shop and Restaurant of High Street Killarney, County Kerry stocks a wide range of traditional and contemporary Irish Crafts, from clothing and jewellery to pottery and books. Enjoy a browse through the shop before having a meal upstairs

Two centuries of Killarney’s history resonate in the natural stone walls of Bricín Shop and Restaurant located in the lakeland town’s High Street. Owners Johnny and Paddy McGuire incorporated antique timber and stained glass into the restoration of the original building almost 20 years ago.

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The Erin Giftstore

Kenmare, Kerry

The Erin Giftstore in Kenmare, County Kerry specialises in quality Irish knitwear, giftware, pottery, jewellery and souvenirs.

The Erin Giftstore of Henry Street, Kenmare, County Kerry sells a wide range of products such as Celtic jewellery, hand knit Aran sweaters under the Erin Knitwear label, Guinness official merchandise, Celtic themed mugs and Irish souvenirs. You will also find selection of beautiful throws.

 

Moriarty Gap of Dunloe Industries

Killarney, Kerry

Located in Killarney, County Kerry at the entrance to the world-famous Gap of Dunloe is Moriarty Gap of Dunloe Industries.

Situated at the entrance of the Gap of Dunloe, just outside Killarney, County Kerry, Moriaty’s is a bright and spacious shop that caters for large tour groups and individual shoppers alike.

What began as a small enterprise is now a 4,000 sq ft store carrying some of Ireland’s finest goods. The recently renovated jewellery section has the finest collection of Irish-made goods in the country and the store’s exclusive range of tweeds and hand knits are extensive and finely crafted.

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Kerry Crafted Glass

Killarney, Kerry

Kerry Crafted Glass in Killarney, County Kerry is operated by glassblower Terence Mac Sweeney who moulds and blow each individual piece of glass using traditional tools.

Kerry Crafted Glass in Killarney, County Kerry showcases unique glass pieces handsculpted by Terence Mac Sweeney. Items available include vases, jugs, candlesticks, lamps, bowls, mirrors,urns, decorative paper weights,

Each piece is shaped by hand and mouth blown. Every piece of glass is unique. Recycled glass is melted in the furnace at 1200 degrees centigrade. The glass is gathered from the furnace on a blowing iron and there is colour added, more glass is added, and then the piece is moulded and shaped.

Kerry Crafted Glass is situated in a beautiful idyllic part of Kerry surrounded by the Lakes of Killarney and the MacGillycuddy Reeks, these surroundings are reflected in the glass creations, and colours.

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Waterville Craft Market

Waterville, Kerry

A warm welcome awaits you at Waterville Craft Market located on the main Ring of Kerry road, just outside the picturesque coastal village of Waterville, Ireland. We invite you to come and browse in spacious, friendly and beautiful surroundings.

Waterville Craft Market is a rustic and extensive visitor attraction showcasing Irish heritage, craft and design.

It originated with the foundation of the Waterville Craft Workers Group and the desire to present their hand crafted products exclusively in one place, complemented by work from neighbouring artists and the best of Irish Crafts.

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Kate Kearney’s Cottage

Beaufort, Kerry

Located in The Gap of Dunloe, Beaufort, County Kerry, Kate Kearney’s Cottage, welcomes hungry and thirsty visitors. The restaurant serves dinner and bar food. There is a craft shop here and the cottage is a venue for Traditional Irish Nights.

Nestled at the entrance to the world famous Gap of Dunloe is Kate Kearney’s Cottage, a 150 year old family-run establishment. After a day’s sightseeing, you can stop by for the famous pub grub and a drink in Kate’s pub with its open fire.

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Brian de Staic

Killarney, Kerry

Inspired by the landscape of the Dingle Peninsula where his work shop is based and the age old tradition of the Celts, Brian de Staic designs beautiful pieces of jewellery which are on sale in his shop in High Street Killarney, Co Kerry.

Located on High Street in Killarney, County Kerry Brian de Staic sells a beautiful range of distinctly Irish jewellery. His collection includes Celtic crosses, Fuchsia brooches, Shamrock earrings and Ogham pendants.

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Keane’s Jewellers

Killarney, Kerry

Keane’s Jewellers of High Street, Killarney, County Kerry carry prestigious range of diamond jewellery as well as watch brands such as Gucci and Tag Heuer, Claddagh and Celtic jewellery are on sale. There are items for that special lady including diamond rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Men are well catered for with Montblanc cufflinks as well as an exclusive range of Munster Rugby jewellery designs.

Located in Killarney, County Kerry the Keane family have been welcoming customers into their store since 1948.

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Killarney Outlet Centre

Killarney, Kerry

Located in the bustling town of Kilarney, County Kerry, the Killarney Outlet Centre sells merchandise at a discount of between 30 and 50 per cent off normal retail prices.

The Killarney Outlet Centre is situated in the heart of Ireland’s premier tourist location, adjacent to the Malton Hotel and railway and bus stations in Killarney, County Kerry.

 

 

Siopa Chill Rialaig

Ballinskelligs, Kerry

Cill Rialaig artists retreat is located in the small Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) village of Dun Geagan in Ballinskelligs. On display and for sale are paintings, sculpture, ceramic and glass by local and international artists.

Just off the N70 between Waterville and Cahersiveen in the Gaeltacht village of Dun Geagan, Ballinskelligs is the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre. This restored pre-famine village on Bolus Head is set in one of the great, untouched rural landscapes of Southwest Kerry. It offers the local community and the general public the opportunity to view the work of the many artists who’ve been in residence here.

 

Avoca Handweavers Molls Gap

Killarney, Kerry

Situated at one of the most breathtaking locations in Ireland, enjoy a unique shopping experience with a superb restaurant at Avoca Molls Gap in Killarney, County Kerry. They carry an amazing range of gifts and homewares, glass, ceramics and jewellery, clothes, knits and delicious Avoca pantry food. Of course there are also all those throws and scarves in lambswool, mohair and cashmere from their Wicklow Mill.

The Avoca store in Killarney, County Kerry, is perhaps the most spectacular location for breaking any journey to enjoy a unique shopping experience and some superb country cooking.

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Jacks Bakery

Killorglin, Kerry

At Jack’s Bakery in Killorglin, County Kerry, customers will find a comprehensive selection of wines, chocolates and wonderful edible treats from Irish food producers.

Jack’s Bakery is an artisan bakery and delicatessen in Killorglin, County Kerry. Visitors to the shop will find a mouthwatering array of Irish and Continental treats. A variety of breads, cakes and quiches are baked throughout the day. Jack’s is also famous for their home-baked hams and salads. A wide selection of wines, chocolates and wonderful edible treats from Irish food producers are also on offer. Good Food Ireland Member.

 

Kenmare Farmers Market

Kenmare, Kerry

Kenmare Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday in Kenmare, County Kerry. A selection of fresh local produce, home-made foods and craft are available to the public.

Kenmare Farmers Market takes place from 10am-4pm every Wednesday in the Square, Kenmare, County Kerry. Local speciality food, craft, plants and produce makers setup stalls early to sell their tempting wares to the public.

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Caherdaniel Market

Caherdaniel, Kerry

Caherdaniel Market sells a range of fresh local produce, home-baking and crafts for both locals and visitors to enjoy. It is held every Friday in Caherdanile, County Kerry.

Locals and visitors are invited to Caherdaniel’s Country Market which is open every Friday from 10am to 1pm selling local produce and crafts in the Community Centre Caherdaniel, County Kerry.

 

 

Cahersiveen Market

Cahersiveen, Kerry

Cahersiveen Market is held every Thursday from June-Sept in Cahersiveen, County Kerry. The market sells a wide range of fresh produce and artisan foods as well as books and handcrafted items.

Cahersiveen Farmer’s Market takes place every Thursday from 10.30am-1pm from June-September outside Cahersiveen Community Centre in Cahersiveen, County Kerry.

There is a wide selection of stalls for visitors and locals to enjoy. Fresh fruit and vegetables, homemade cakes and jams, craft and books are just some examples of what visitors should expect to find.

 

Cois Cuain Gifts

Portmagee, Kerry

Cois Cuain is gift shop full of hidden gems and is located in Portmagee, a tiny village on Kerry’s Iveragh peninsula.

Cois Cuain of Portmagee, County Kerry takes it inspiration from the sea. This lovely gift shop sells original gifts and stylish interiors. The shop stocks stylish handbags, jewellery and beautiful wooden toys for children. Accessories, linens as well as delicious homemade bread, preserves and speciality foods are also available.

 

 

Quill’s Woollen Market

Killarney, Kerry

Quills prides itself on being the Original Woollen Market in Ireland. It is located in various locations throughout County Kerry and County Cork.

Quills Woollen Market in County Kerry and County Cork is a family run business now in its third generation since 1938. Renowned for over 70 years throughout Ireland and the world in providing authentic Irish knitwear and gifts of the highest quality at the best of price.
Quills is Ireland’s first and original woollen market and prides itself in being so.

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Fuchsia Cottage Pottery

Cahersiveen, Kerry

Fuchsia Cottage Pottery in Cahirciveen County Kerry is a small family business specialising in watercoulour paintings, gifts, prints, ceramics and pottery sculpture- all inspired by the Irish countryside and handcrafted by Dave and Christina Marriott

Situated on the Ring of Kerry road, in Cahirciveen County Kerry Fuchsia Cottage Pottery specialises in mixed media paintings and prints of paintings. The small family run buiness also features ceramic figures, animals and wall hangings as well as handmade pots handmade by owners Dave and Christina Marriott. All works are inspired by the beautiful Kerry countryside.

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The White Room

Kenmare, Kerry

Located in the heart of the picturesque town of Kenmare, County Kerry, the White Room not only specialises in beautiful old world Irish linen and lace, but has an unusual and extensive range of knick knacks for the home and garden.

The White Room, Kenmare, is located at 50 Henry Street, Kenmare, on the Ring of Kerry.

A variety of quality antique lace cloths and delicate handmade Irish christening gowns are on sale in the White Room. You can take your time wandering under the glittering chandeliers, past Irish linen tablecloths and bed linen, browse through the reproduction mirrors and clocks and pick up a few lavender bags or linen hankies as keepsakes or gifts from your visit to “The Kingdom”.

 

The Breadcrumb

Kenmare, Kerry

The Breadcrumb is a delightful shop and artisan bakery easily found by the seductive smell of all kinds of everything wonderful coming from it’s ovens from the early hours of the morning. Seek it out down the tiny side street off the road into Kenmare town, County Kerry, pop inside, purchase a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea and whatever tantalises your taste buds.

Manuela Goeb is one of life’s enthusiastic happy people. She oozes a richness of spirit and generosity, which is reflected in spades in the quality of her handmade bakery and patisserie, on sale at the charming Breadcrumb Bakery.

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Skelligs Chocolate Company

Ballinskelligs, Kerry

Visitors are invited to Skelligs Chocolate Company shop in Ballinskelligs, County Kerry to enjoy the experience of watching chocolate makers at work. Everywhere they’ll see chocolate being twirled, swirled and poured.

Skelligs Chocolates were created for the luxury market. These truffles use best chocolate from France and Switzerland, married with superb quality ingredients in the flavoured centres. Regulars on the choccie tasting menu include Vanilla Ganache, Strawberry and Champagne and Cognac and Cappuccino. In summer, try the delightful Lemon Truffle in white chocolate, or tropical Tequila Sunrise in milk chocolate. Winter brings warming flavours like Irish Coffee and Hot Toddy with Chilli. Truffles come in luxury packaging, including the collectors wooden tubs and boxes hand painted by local artists, depicting the area seascape or countryside scenes. Good Food Ireland Member

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Lorge Chocolatier

Kenmare, Kerry

Benoit Lorge, award winning chef, creates high quality chocolates for gourmet shops and high class hotels and restaurants. The chocolates are handmade at the Lorge Chocolatier shop in Kenmare, County Kerry. Classes are also available.

As well as providing luxury chocolates at his shop, Lorge Chocolatier in Kenmare, County Kerry, and nationwide, Benoit Lorge now is working closely with the local community and runs a number of specialist courses for aspiring chocolate makers, teaching them the finer points of preparing, handling and finishing many different types of chocolate. His most popular event is the bi-monthly children’s workshop, although sometimes his greatest critics, all the children go home delighted by what they have experienced with plenty of stories to tell.

At the Great Taste Awards in 2006, Benoit won seven awards, including two gold, for his delicious chocolates, an event that he looks forward to competing in every year. Good Food Ireland Member

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KRD Salmon Smokery

Killorglin, Kerry

Salmon smokehouse beside the bridge in Killorglin.

Suppliers of smoked wild salmon from the river Laune. The river flows beside the premises and the salmon is caught by draft net. This is an ancient traditional method of catching the salmon. The salmon is smoked in the Fishery smokehouse. Visitors can see the smoking in progress, and can buy the smoked product in the shop. They also smoke organic salmon which is raised in the Atlantic.

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Aran Sweater Market

Killarney, Kerry

The Aran Sweater Market is located on College Street in Killarney. It sells authentic Aran sweaters direct from the Aran Islands. The Aran sweater is well known all over the world for its high quality and durability. The Irish Aran Sweaters has been appreciated by its customers for many years.

It has grown from humble beginnings way back in 1892 to emerge as one of the most successful woollen craft industries in the world. The Aran Sweater Market acts as a guardian of this proud island tradition as it continues to grow as an international fashion item.

All Aran knit garments at the Aran Sweater Market must pass strict quality standards and are appraised by hand, before being issued a signed and stamped “Certificate of Authenticity” which contains its own unique Registration number. This official document certifies that your Irish Aran Sweater has been knitted using original Irish designs from the home of the Aran sweater, the Aran Islands. It also provides information on the symbolic meaning of each stitch used within Aran knitting.

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Skellig Pottery

Ballinskelligs, Kerry

Skellig Pottery is a small gallery and workshop making handmade coastal inspired ceramics. It is run by Julia Clarke who hand builds her unique pieces on the premises before decorating using handmade stamps, stencils and coastal coloured glazes.

Skellig Pottery is located just off the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry driving routes. Its owner Julia hand makes coastal inspired ceramics ranging from little fish bowls and unique wall pieces as well as framed and unframed Skellig Michael pictures. Everything is made on the premises and offers the public something to suit every budget.

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The Friary Book and Gift Shop

Killarney, Kerry

The shop has a wide variety of gifts for all occasions, including religious occasions. Selling a variety of books, on many topics. Cards for every occasion, as well as every type of mass card.

Irish souvenirs are sold, such as Celtic Crosses and Irish Water Fonts. The shop also stocks an array of religious goods, such as crosses, rosary beads, sacred heart pictures, statues and grave items. Gifts for all religious occasions such as weddings and christenings are sold, including wedding candles, frames, wedding day essentials, baby christening clothes and new baby gifts.

 

Portmagee Farmers’ Market

Portmagee, Kerry

Portmagee Farmers’ Market has a range of homemade food, cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables plus much more for both visitors to the area and locals to enjoy. It is held every Wednesday during the summer months in Portmagee.

Portmagee Farmers’ Market is held every Wednesday during the summer months in Portmagee.

Nightlife

O’Neills The Point Bar

Renard Point, Caherciveen, Co. Kerry

Immaculately clean and with a great friendly atmosphere – and the secret of its success is simple food based on top quality ingredients

Food available daily April to October & weekends only in winter: L Mon-Sat 12.30-3pm, D daily 5.30-9.30pm. Children welcome. Wheelchair access (public areas & toilets). House wine €14.95. Closed L Sun; Nov-mid Dec; midweek in Spring. (It is always advisable to phone ahead to check food service, especially off season). Listed in the MICHELIN Guide

 

 

The Atlantic Bar

The Square, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

A lively traditional family run pub offering high quality, freshly prepared breakfasts, sandwiches, snacks and meals all made with locally sourced ingredients. Sunday night is ‘Music Night’ when you will catch some amazing sessions featuring the best of local musicians.

 

 

 

Bay View Hotel

Waterville, Co. Kerry

The Bay View Budget Accommodation, Waterville, Co. Kerry welcomes you to the best of Irish hospitality in the beautiful Village of Waterville. Located on the seafront, overlooking spectacular views of Ballinskelligs Bay, the Bay View is charming and offers a warm welcome to all who stay here..

Dating back to 1889 the Bay View combines old world charm with the best modern bedrooms, with front rooms facing the atlantic.

Whether you are in Waterville for Golfing, Fishing, Shooting, a bit of Craic or just a relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle, The Bay View is an ideal choice.

Kerry’s Vintage Inn

Upper Bridge Street, Killorglin, Co. Kerry

The Royal Pier

Knightstown, Valentia Island, Co Kerry

The Royal Valentia Hotel. Valentia Island Accommodation. The Royal Valentia Hotel, located on Valentia Island, is a historic and warm and welcoming family run B&B located in one of Ireland’s most beautiful settings in the peaceful village of Knightstown on the mystical Valentia Island, County Kerry. The Royal Valentia, a beautiful historical eyecatching building, sits by the quayside in Valentia Island Harbor, in the peaceful village of Knightstown. The Dining Room and Pier Bar in the Royal Valentia Hotel offers panoramic views of the Knightstown harbour, Portmagee channel, Valentia Island and the spectacular mountains beyond. The idyllic setting of Valentia Island and the Royal Valentia Hotel with its renowed peace, comfort and breathtaking views has long appealed to the discerning traveller and makes the Royal Valentia the ideal wedding location or place to celebrate your family party and ideal for a holiday, weekend or short break. Get Directions to Valentia Island and the Royal Valentia .

The Blind Piper

Caherdaniel, Sneem, Co. Kerry

The Blind Piper Pub and Restaurant
is situated in the heart of Caherdaniel Village. Steeped in tradition, the Blind Piper’s reputation is bulit around a warm friendly atmosphere, great food and live music.

The Anchor

Main Street, Caherciveen, Co Kerry, Co. Kerry

A pub that has got it all: great interior, warm welcome from the staff, lively clientele, live music, great food and a fine pint of Guinness. New management doing everything right to return this establishment to former glories. Highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

Mickey Neds

Market Place, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
A reasonably good pub. The waitresses are nice, chatty and generally good humoured. The food is always fresh. No music in the daytime. Good beers on sail. Bare wooden tables. Light and airy with large windows. Very centrally located. The owner founder Micky ‘Ned’ O’Sullivan was a famous GAA player for Kerry –  born in 1952. He works as a teacher as well as owning the pub.

The Red Fox

Killorglin Road, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry

The Red Fox Inn is situated immediately beside the Kerry Bog Village and is an ideal place to stop and enjoy a drink or a tasty meal. Our Irish Coffees are world famous and a discount is available to visitors who purchase a ticket for the Village.

The Red Fox Inn is unique in that there is always an atmosphere of contentment and happiness which visitors find is Kerry’s magic potion. The Mulvihill family feel that courtesy and politeness to visitors is equally important as the food and the drink served there.

 

 

Larkin’s Pub and Restaurant

Main Street, Milltown, Killorglin, Co. Kerry

Larkin’s lounge area has become a popular place to enjoy a midday pint or lunch, serving an extensive menu of traditional Kerry dishes daily.  The lounge has a separate entrance and can cater for a dinner party of 20 people and is perfect for large family social gatherings.  Breda and her staff are happy to develop some food ideas that would suit your needs.

 

 

 

The Lobster Bar

Waterville, Co. Kerry

This is a small family run, fully licenced restaurant which specialises in locally caught fish and locally produced lamb and beef. Extensive but reasonably priced menu caters for all tastes and budgets. Parties also welcomed.

Moeran’s

Main Street, Lansdowne Arms Hotel, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

The Bold ‘Thady Quill’ Bar & Restaurant at the Lansdowne Arms hotel is a lively, traditional Irish bar in contemporary surroundings. With a warm atmosphere, friendly service and great food, it is the perfect place to enjoy a light lunch, afternoon tea or an evening meal. Guests can enjoy a range of Irish, European and International dishes, along with a range hot and cold daily special.

To compliment your meal we offer a selection of fine wines, Irish and International beverages, non-alcoholic refreshments and speciality Irish coffees, all served with skill by our highly trained bar tenders. Why not come along and enjoy a traditional Irish session during the season or a game on the bar’s Giant TV Screen

‘The Bold Thady Quill Bar & Restaurant’ is the perfect location to host your private party, family get together, function or company event. We can cater for groups of up to 100 guests and we can offer you a wide selection of menus to suit your tastes.

The Railway Bar

Sunhill Road, The Manor Inn, Killorglin, Co. Kerry

The Manor Inn is one of Killorglin’s oldest businesses, starting way back in 1886 as the The Railway Hotel. Now The Manor Inn boost a fantastic restaurant called Top Deck as well as a lively bar. It also has 10 rooms for B&B rental.

 

 

 

 

The Blue Bull Bar

Sneem, Co. Kerry

The Blue Bull is located in South Square and is a traditional pub run by the O’Carrols family.

Its a fine place to sample Sneems famous black pudding, which is always on the menu, and you will be in good company as its Andrew Lloyd Webbers favorite Irish pub.

 

 

 

The Purple Heather Bistro

Henry Street, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Open since 1964, Grainne O´Connell´s informal restaurant/bar was among the first to establish a reputation for good food in Kenmare.

It´s a traditional darkwood and burgundy bar that gradually develops into an informal restaurant at the rear, as is the way in many of the best Kerry bars – and what they aim for and achieve, with commendable consistency, is good, simple, home-cooked food.

 

 

The Fisherman’s Bar and Skellig Restaurant

Portmagee, Valentia Island, Co Kerry

Excellent very fresh seafood in a authentic pub. Good service and fair price. Outstanding location and authentic locals. Great find. Highly recommend to those who want the real deal.  Very accommodating staff

 

 

 

Freddy’s Bar

Caherdaniel, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry

“Great pub with a touch of class”

A jar in this pub is the experience we read about in tourist guides. The man of the house, “Freddy” is a gentleman and his repartee adds an extra something to your experience. This is one Pub that has not been destroyed by so called modernisation. By the way you can get a tin of peas for the dinner on your way out the door.

 

The Wander Inn

Henry Street, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

The Wander Inn Kenmare is perfectly located for those who wish to soak up the unique Irish atmosphere on one of Kenmare best known and loved streets, Henry Street.  The Wander Inn bar and hotel style accommodation Kenmare Co Kerry offers every possible amenity literally on your doorstep.   The family run B&B accommodation offers 11 stylish, spacious and comfortable rooms and the Bar serves food of the highest quality and freshness in a comfortable and friendly setting. We have live entertainment most nights a week in the Wander Inn Bar with a late disco bar on Saturday night’s.

 

 

Horse Shoe

3 Main st, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Welcome to The Horseshoe bar and restaurant in Kenmare, Co. Kerry. At The Horseshoe we take the greatest pride in serving our customers with the highest standard of food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Perfect for a romantic dinner or enjoying the company of friends, The Horseshoe offers the perfect balance of culinary excellence and refinement in a lively and comfortable setting. We understand what makes an evening’s dining special and go to great lengths to ensure that your every need is catered for.

 

The Fertha Bar

Main Street, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry

Highly Recommended – Excellent food and great atmosphere

Situated in the heart of Cahersiveen Town and on the Main Street the Fertha Bar is beautiful family run bar serving quality drinks and great food. Call in for lunch or dinner and listen to some live traditional Irish music. During the Summer months there will be music seven nights per week.

 

 

 

Crowleys

Henry Street, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Come visit Crowley’s Bar, Henry Street, Kenmare. Great music sessions, craic agus ceol. Crowley’s is a must when vistiting Kenmare, its rustic charm and tradition is a welcoming delighted, not to mention one of the best pints of Guiness around!

Falvey’s

Lower Bridge Street, Killorglin, Co. Kerry

Declan and Breda are the proprietors of this family run pub which is one of the most popular in the town of Killorglin. A genuine Irish bar, it is extremely busy at the weekends, and always draws a crowd during the week with the locals who are attracted by the homely atmosphere and general craic which is in abundance. Many topics of conversation are covered from any type of sport, which can usually be seen on the bars television, to all worldly happenings.

 

 

 

The Villa

Waterville, Co Kerry

O’Dwyers the Villa is a family run business located on main street,Waterville,Co.Kerry

Guests can enjoy comfortable Accommodation

Rooms are en suite with  amenities to ensure a pleasant stay!

Why not enjoy food and snacks in our friendly bar throughout the day.

We have live music on the weekends during the summer months.

The Legendary Gaelic Football player Mick O’Dwyer established this establishment as the Villa Maria in 1973.

Our cosy and friendly bar still has its old Irish charm with mementos of the past and sporting memorabilia that make this location a great place for guests and locals to enjoy drinks and food!

Mulcahy’s Restaurant

36 Henry Street, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Mulcahy’s Wild Garlic Restaurant is Located on Henry Street Kenmare, County Kerry.

Bruce Mulcahy invites you to experience his views on how to combine

international cuisine spiced with oriental surprises using fresh local products.

The Kenmare restaurants are most diverse and challenge

other cities or towns in the country with their high standard.

Bruce Mulcahy is doing just that, the dishes on the menu are mouth watering and created to take you on a new route of enjoyment with Irish produce.

 

Bunkers Bar and Restaurant

Ivereagh rd, Killorglin, Co. Kerry

Family run bar & restaurant providing wholesome food 7 days a week. Delicious homemade desserts baked on the premises daily. Trad session and live music every weekend.

Family run bar & restaurant providing wholesome food 7 days a week. Warm welcome, catering for local and tourists alike. Delicious homemade desserts baked on the premises daily. Trad session and live music every weekend.

Located on the main Ring of Kerry, Wild Atlantic Way route.

Kate Kearney’s Cottage

Gap of Dunloe, Beaufort, Co. Kerry

This cottage is picturesquely situated at the entrance to what must be the most beautiful glaciated valley in Western Europe. It is a family run business with dinner served daily, sing songs, Irish dancing, traditional music and gift shops.

 

 

 

 

O’Donnabhain’s

Henry Street, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Great food, great pub and the perfect accommodation in Kenmare

At O’Donnabhain’s Bar, Restaurant and Guesthouse / Bed and Breakfast we provide you with a memorable experience of food, drink and accommodation. We are located in the hidden gem of Ireland that is Kenmare, Co. Kerry.

We are the perfect place to drop off for a drink, a meal, to listen to some local music, or to stay for the night in one of our modern en suite rooms.

 

 

 

The Towers Pub

The Glenbeigh Towers Hotel, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry

The old bar is the heart of the Towers and indeed Glenbeigh. 

The Towers Old Bar Glenbeigh is famous for our bar food, especially our seafood chowder. We believe we serve the best pint of Guinness in town.  All major sporting events are shown on our flat screen TVs and we regularly have live music in the bar.

Why not try our Loft Restaurant, featuring fantastic panoramic views of the village and our “faces & places” black and white photographic exhibition.

Enjoy the summer sun with a cool creamy pint of Guinness in our outdoor seating area or escape the winter with a hot whiskey by our large open fire.

 

The Anvil Bar

Boolteens, Castlemaine, Co. Kerry

Our Family run Pub, award winning Restaurant and B & B is located in Boolteens Village on the main road (R561) 2 miles west of  Castlemaine (birthplace of “The Wild Colonial Boy”) and at the gateway to the Ring of Kerry.

Come and enjoy Kerry beef, Slieve Mish lamb, and freshly caught Dingle Bay seafood along with many other specialties, in our award winning restaurant and bar which is open year round.

We have our own taxi/minibus service and can make arrangements to transport you to or from Cork, Shannon, or Kerry Airport (12 miles).

After a day of touring hiking or recreation in the beautiful surroundings of the Dingle Peninsula, relax in our cozy pub with real fires and enjoy the banter or sing a long with locals and visitors alike.

 

Bostons

Knightstown, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry

First licenced to Thady and Annie O’Driscoll in 1962, this warm and friendly establishment boasts a traditional Irish pub atmosphere. Enjoy delicious cuisine seven days a week. Seafood freshly caught in the local harbour is a speciality. Sunday lunch is a family favourite with groups welcome.

Tailor Casey’s intimate restaurant is also available for private parties. Food served daily from 12 noon to 8pm. Live music at weekends with local musicians.

 

 

The Coachman’s Inn

Henry Street, Kenmare, Co Kerry

Welcome to The Coachmans Hotel Kenmare on the Ring of Kerry,located in the heart of Kenmare town.

With Elegant guest roomssuperb restaurantbar and intimate live music venue, all wrapped up in a graceful contemporary decor and delivered with an attentive personal service.

 

 

 

Casey’s

Gortamullen, Killarney Road, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Fabulous food in a stylish and cosy setting

Casey’s Bar an ideal place to relax with a Pint, listen to live music & enjoy good bar food all day. Eat in the Bar/Restaurant  & you will want to tell your friends about it. Whether you are here as a guest or simply because it’s your local… Food is our Passion & we serve up a range of Classic favourites with a modern twist. Whether you feel like nibbling on a club sandwich or indulging in a big hearty meal, our chef will rustle up something yummy to make your mouth water.

 

The Square Pint & Café Indigo

The Square, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

The Square Pint is a pub located in Kenmare Co Kerry. It is located in the square in the town. Kenmare is truly a great town to visit and we enjoyed it. We had heard that the square pint was one of the livelier venues and headed in a few times. It is a young people’s venue.. It’s kind of a long pub and they have a mixture of live music and dj’s playing in there. There was a traditional band playing in there on our last night. The pints of stout are Guinness mainly and from what i can remember they were much nicer on the quiet night that we went in .Kenmare is a great traditional town in Co Kerry and it’s well worth a visit especially during the summer when its very lively.

 

Frank’s Corner

Church St, Cahersiveen, Caherciveen, Co. Kerry

Frank’s Corner is a traditional Irish pub and winner of the James Joyce award for its warmth and authentic Irish atmosphere. Each weekend the pub hosts live bands from all over Ireland, with entertainment ranging from traditional Irish to modern pop music.

 

The Bridge Bar (Portmagee)

Portmagee, Valentia Island, Co Kerry

Open all year round, the Bridge Bar’s award-winning food complements the standards of excellence we have set for ourselves in the Moorings Restaurant next door, serving the best bar food in the locality to hungry visitors up to 9 p.m. every evening.

 

 

 

Carroll’s Cove

Caherdaniel, Sneem, Co. Kerry

Established in 1984 by the O’Carroll family, O’Carroll’s Cove is the only Beach Side Restaurant & Bar in Ireland.

Located mid way between the villages of Caherdaniel and Castlecove, on the busiest tourist route in Ireland, the “Ring of Kerry” and Wild Atlantic Way, O’Carroll’s Cove is located on a beautiful sandy beach, with breathtaking views of Kenmare Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The Cove is famous for its turquoise waters, gulf stream, white sandy beaches and the abundance of dolphins, seals and other sea life.

O’Carroll’s Cove is well known for its juicy steaks, locally sourced fish and seafood – all 100% Irish. The Cove offers a unique dining experience with comfortable seating inside. We also have outdoor seating on our extensive sheltered decking areas, with panoramic views of Kenmare Bay.

As well as our extensive menu, we also have Daily Specials, and offer Outside Catering services.

The Coffee Dock at The Cove offers homemade scones, cakes, whipped ice cream cones and slushies with a variety of flavours available. All food is available for take away.

With full bar and restaurant service, at O’Carroll’s Cove you will feel welcome everytime. Céad Míle Fáilte!

 

The Skellig Rock Bar

West Main Street, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry

Child Friendly Activities

Art and Mor

Art and Mor in Kenmare is a Paint Your Own Pottery indoor craft activity centre for everyone in the family, kid’s birthday parties and school tours.

 

 

 

 

Irish Fairy Trails

Searching for the fairy homes on the Irish Fairy Trails in Kerry is a great family fun adventure. On a rainy day and in the shelter of the woods makes this a memorable day out for all.

 

Seafari in Kenmare

Seafari Kenmare is a boat trip not to be missed if you love marine wildlife and seal-watching cruises. A fun place to visit for all the family and for school tours in Kenmare, Kerry.

Dingle Skellig Hotel

Dingle Skellig Hotel an ideal family friendly hotel for family breaks in Dingle incorporating activities for children and Families in Kerry

 

The Kenmare Bay Hotel

The Kenmare Bay Hotel pride themselves on holidays that all the family can enjoy with the Kids Clubs Activities and Family Entertainment.

 

Hotel Killarney

Hotel Killarney family friendly hotel is the perfect location for your next family holiday. The friendly and professional staff will cater to your every need

 

 

Aqua Dome Waterworld

Aqua Dome Tralee is an enjoyable experience for everyone in the family with fun water activities for the kids and mini aqua golf for those in Kerry not interested in swimming at Aqua Dome Waterworld.

If you are looking for things to do in Tralee, Aqua Dome is one of the largest indoor waterword in Ireland. With its water activities and mini golf as main attractions it is an activity centre not to be missed in Tralee. Aqua Dome offers various membership deals so you and your family can make the most out of this water world.

For those looking for extra kids fun during holidays or midterm don’t miss out on Aqua Domes camps or their kids birthday party deals.

Eclipse Ireland Adventure and Activity Centre

Eclipse Ireland Adventure & Activity Centre near Kenmare, Co. Kerry is renowned for its onsite outdoor adventure activities and offers a great experience in horse riding, mud surfing, archery, assault courses, kayaking, orienteering, team task challenges, raft building, cycling, fly fishing and so much more, with expert tuition in these activities from  qualified instructors. Eclipse offer customised days out to suit families, school groups and individuals.

Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium

Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium is always packed with fun for all the family. Gaze in wonder as you get up close and personal with their magnificent marine life inhabitants. Submerge yourself in the wonderful enchanted underwater world!

Come face-to-face with the fearsome looking Sandtiger Sharks. Meet the Polar Penguins in their state of the art Penguin Exhibition enclosure which mimics their natural habitat with cooled air and ice and get hands-on experience at the Touch Tank where you can stroke the friendly Rays and even hold a Starfish.

Come face to face with the fearsome Sandtiger Shark, where only a wall of glass stands between you and these amazing creatures, not forgetting Molly the Turtle who spends her days swimming with the Sharks.

Killarney Riding Stables

Killarney Riding Stables, Country Kerry, also known as ”O’Sullivan’s” caters for families and young kids with safe horse and pony trekking through the Killarney National…

 

 Dingle Dolphin Boat Trips

Visit Fungie the wild Dolphin in Dingle, Co. Kerry with Dingle Dolphin’s daily boat Trips on a one hour trip to see Fungi in his natural habitat.

 

Muckross Pet Farm

Muckross Pet Farm and Stables have a large variety of animals to see, hold and cuddle including puppies, rabbits, pigs, ponies, emus, ducks and many more.

Play At Height Adventure Centre

Play At Height Adventure Centre in Kerry offers you a day full of party fun and activities. They have a multitude of activites to get your adrenaline pumping including abseiling and wall…

Crag Cave

A visit to Crag Cave will delight and enthrall all ages and the activity centre Crazy Cave is ideal for a party venue, school tours or just some family fun in Kerry

 

Deerpark Pitch and Putt Club

Deerpark Pitch and Putt Club Killarney is an ideal venue for some outdoor family fun, school tours and Birthday parties

Things to do

The Gap of Dunloe and Lakes of Killarney Tour

 

 

 

 

Killarney National Park & Catherines’ Walks

 

 

 

 

 

Muckross House, Gardens & Heritage Farm

 

 

 

 

 

Rosse Castle and Inishfallen Island

 

 

 

 

The Ring of Kerry

 

 

 

Killorglin and Puck Fair

 

 

 

Valentia Island, Cahericiveen & Portmagee

 

 

 

 

 

The Skelligs Ring, Chocolate Factory & Cill Riallig Inch Strand and the Kerry beaches

 

 

 

 

Visit Dingle and take a trip out to the Blasket Islands

 

 

 

 

 

10 Hidden Gems in and around Dingle

1 Dingle itself once a simple fishing village now a thriving tourist destination that has retained its charm, often signposted in Irish as An Daingean.

2 Murphy’s Icecream truly magnificent artisan icecream, people have moved house for their Chocolate Whiskey Truffle and White Chocolate and Rosewater icecreams.

3 Holden Leather Goods in Baile on Ghoilin is another mecca for ladies handbags home produced in Dingle in trendy contemporary designs in the softest leathers.

4 The Greenlane Gallery in one of the best privately owned gallerys in Ireland, excellently curated selection of local and international art & sculpture by owner Susan Callery.

5 Inch Strand if you fancy yourself as ‘Ryans Daughter’ find yourself a Robert Mitchum lookalike and get swept away on this magnificent beach.

6 Connor Pass cross this mountain pass to Kilcummin beach, with its stunning backdrop of the Brandon mountains.

7 Gallarus Oratory and Kilmeader Church in Ballydavid, beehive huts and monastic settlement, dating from the Dark Ages.

8 Louis Mulcahy Pottery great pottery this, whose designs have stood the test of time, still as popular as ever especially the blue glazed lamps with handpainted silk lampshades.

9 Niamh Utsch Jewellery highly covetable handmade contemporary styled jewellery in gold and silver embedded with precious stones.

10 Castlewood Guest House voted best in Ireland by Trip Advisor in 2012.

 

Ballinskelligs
Sean Feehan,
BALLINSKELLIGS WATERSPORTS
Ballinskelligs,
Co. Kerry.
Tel 086 4176612 or
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Ballinskelligs Watersports was the first Irish dive centre to operate totally independently and offer hardboat diving daily at affordable prices with no hidden extras. The centre is now in its eleventh season of operation and in that period has established itself as Irelands leading dive operator. We operate the largest fleet of dive boats in Ireland and are the only dive centre never to receive tourist grants, state aid etc. This means that we are entirely independent and have no restrictions on where we dive or when we dive. More importantly we are not obliged to cater for large numbers of divers on any given day. As well as striving to give divers a good fun filled holiday.
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GOLF COURSE

Manager
Castleisland,
Co. Kerry.
Tel 066 7141709
Fax 0667142090
Castleisland Golf Course is a new course built in 2002 on 200 acres with modern sand based green, tees and fairways. It is built to the highest championship standards which allows it playable throughout the year. The course commands a panoramic view of the McGillicuddy Reeks that form a backdrop to the Lakes of Killarney. “The arrival of Castleisland has strengthened the county’s hand still further. The view of the surrounding countryside and mountains are quiet magnificent, adding another dimension to a great golf course.” Charlie Mulqueen Irish Examiner “ Castleisland Golf Course is one of the better new courses to come on stream for years “ Colm Smith Irish Independent. www.castleislandgolfclub.com
For rates etc. email: managercastleislandgolfclub@eircom.net
Dingle
Louis Mulcahy Workshop
Clogher, Ballyferriter,
Dingle, Co. Kerry.
Tel: 066 9156229/9156429
Fax: 066 9156366
www.louismulcahy.com
Louis Mulcahy has dedicated an area at the pottery to those visitors who wish to experience the craft for themselves. A professional thrower can be seen going through the daily routine of throwing pots, and visitors can try their skill at making a pot for them to take home. It provides excellent entertainment and it is also educational and illustrates the high skill and long training required to master the craft. Enjoy a great family day out or even just drop in for a complimentary coffee. Everyone welcome!
Email: clothar@louismulcahy.com
Dún Chaoin
THE BLASCAOD CENTRE/Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir
Dún Chaoin
Dingle Peninsula
Co. Kerry
Tel: +353 (0) 66 9156444
Fax +353 (0) 66 9156446
Email: micheal.demordha@opw.ie
The magnificent Blascaod Centre (formerly The Great Blasket Centre) on the mainland in Dún Chaoin, Co. Kerry , on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula is a fascinating interpretative centre/museum, honouring the unique community who once lived on the remote Great Blasket Island. The community produced an extraordinary amount of literature, including classics Irish works.
Kenmare
Kenmare Golf Club
Joy Clifford
Killowen Rd,
Kenmare.
Co. Kerry.
Tel: 064-41291
Fax: 064- 42061
Email: info@kenmaregolfclub.com
Kenmare Golf Club was founded in 1903, and was extended to 18 holes in 1993. Whilst the course can be very exacting for a good player, it is never unfair to the weak. The early holes stretch along the picturesque Roughty river estuary, while the remaining holes provide panoramic views of Kenmare Bay and the Roughty Valley. The course is just a two minute walk from Kenmare town with its many fine hotels, guesthouses and restaurants.
www.kenmaregolfclub.com
Killarney
KILLARNEY GOLF & FISHING CLUB
Mahony’s Point,
Killarney,
Co. Kerry.
Tel: (064) 31034
Email: reservations@killarney-golf.com
www.killarney-golf.com
Killarney Golf and Fishing Club is nestled amidst the splendour of the famous Killarney lakes with the spectacular backdrop of the Macgillycuddy Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland. This unique corner of the earth has been described as “Heavens Reflex” and the “Nearest Golf Club to Heaven!” With 3 Championship Courses the Club can offer 3 totally unique options and challenges to the golfer.
KILLARNEY OUTLET CENTRE
Fairhill,
Killarney,
Co. Kerry.
Tel: (064) 36744
Opened in July 1999 the Killarney Outlet Centre offers visitors a unique mix of stores. The Centre is home to the famous Nike Factory Store and Blarney Woollen Mills as well as a wide range of both Irish and international Outlets. With leading fashion brands, jewellery outlets, sportswear, books and hobby stores, coffee houses, home and gift wear outlets, it is the perfect place to shop til you drop. Experience shopping that is different from traditional shopping centres at Ireland’s Premier Outlet Centre, situated in the heart of Ireland’s No. 1 Tourist destination.
Email: info@killarneyoutletcentre.com
www.killarneyoutletcentre.com
CHRISTYS IRISH STORES
3 New Street,
Killarney,
Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 64 233 09
This new store offers a beautiful and distinctive range of crafted gifts from which to choose. With contemporary John Rocha Crystal, Pottery, wood and iron crafts and a modern selection of jewellery, Christys Design Store offers the discerning traveller an alternative when it comes to gifts. Like all our stores, Visitors from outside the EU will enjoy the benefits of tax-free shopping. www.christysirishstores.com
Tralee
A DAY IN THE BOG
Musuem & Boglands Information Centre
Leam,
Kilflynn,
Tralee,
Co. Kerry.
Tel/Fax: 066 7132555
Email: adayinthebog@eircom.net
Journey back in time when you visit our unique museum and boglands centre. You will be greeted by a friendly guide who will bring you through our various attractions and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. It’s ideal for tour groups, school tours, individuals or families. Our museum is alive with the sights, sounds and smells of an actual bog. Complete with acutal bank of turf, with running stream, authentic artifacts spanning several centuries, flora and fauna, birds, insects and implements used in the bogland harvesting. Also visit our audiio visuall room, antique farm and bogland machinery, pets and widlife area and craft and gift shop. There is also a restaurant with homemade traditionally cooked snacks served all day.
Tracing your Ancestors

Irish Ancestors Direct

Tralee Road, Killarney

Tel.: +353 (0) 87 1527050

Email: info@irishancestorsdirect.ie Website: www.irishancestorsdirect.ie

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