Kenmare City Guide

Kerry or 'The Kingdom' as it is known locally is home to the quaint town of Kenmare. It’s no wonder this area is one of Ireland's most visited counties, and for good reason. The breathtaking wilderness spread over three peninsulas, spectacular mountains and coastal drives, mountain lakes, heart-pumping mountain jaunts with awesome views, and spectacular beaches. In good weather, parts of Kerry are heaven. For example, the drive around Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula at sunset is a unique experience, especially as the jagged Blasket Islands come into view with the silvery Atlantic as a backdrop. Until 1953, a small group of people lived on the Blaskets. Their hardship and trying island life was immortalized in one of Ireland's most famous books: Peig. Although better suited for adults, Peig was used as content for school age children without the life experience to grasp its subtleties. This hurt the reputation and appreciation the book achieved later. A short boat trip from Dingle to the Blaskets or across to visit Fungie, the resident dolphin, is just one of the many trips unique to the area. Along the way are the sea cliffs and one of a kind rock formations, but you can hang out on one of the most remote beaches in the world and bask in its peaceful beauty. Dingle Peninsula, Beara Peninsula and Iveragh compete with the Ring of Kerry for the number one driving trip on anyone’s holiday list. Iveragh includes several attractive and quaint coastal towns including Waterville and Kenmare. With more international significance and appeal is Skellig Michael off Valentia Island. This island is the harsh site a monastic; perhaps the harshest settlement environment in the world. Kerry locals are proud people and take Irish life very seriously. These tough minded locals have led some of the country's most meaningful independence movements including the struggle for Catholic Emancipation led by Daniel O’Connell in the 18th century. More recently, small groups in the county have become known for their Republicanism.