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12 brilliant things to do in Kenmare
Enjoy a holiday in beautiful Kenmare.
With majestic mountains, pretty streets lined with charming restaurants and the still waters of Kenmare Bay, Kenmare really is the jewel in the Ring of Kerry.

From chocolate making to Tom Crean’s Brewery, check out 12 of the best things to do in Kenmare.

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1Chocolate making at Lorge Chocolatier

A short spin from Kenmare, join award-winning chef Benoit Lorge at Lorge Chocolatier and immerse yourself in the indulgent world of luxury chocolate. If you love chocolate, you can’t miss out on this treat. Book in advance and discover the art of making chocolate mousse, ganache, and truffles.

The one-day beginner course introduces you to chocolate making including different techniques and recipes. After you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time for the best part - chocolate tasting.

2Sea safari and seal watching

Hop on board one of Seafari’s Eco-Nature and Seal Watching Cruises and explore the stunning paradise of Kenmare Bay. A hit with big and little kids alike, the legendary Captain Raymond Ross shares his knowledge of the marine life in the area.

Discover magical islands, tropical plant life and get up close to the local seals, they’re known to respond to the captain’s tin-whistle from time to time. If you’re lucky, you might spot some friendly dolphins along the way.

Two people seal watching, Kenmare, Kerry
Spot the local residents on a Seafari.
3History and heritage in Kenmare

Hear mythical tales on a Kenmare Heritage Tour and uncover the rich history of this heritage town. Your knowledgeable guide brings you on a stroll through the first planned town in Ireland and gives an insight into places often missed by visitors. Finish the tour with a stop at the Kenmare Store Circle, one of the biggest stone circles in the country.

Sunset at Kenmare Stone Circle, Kerry
Walk amongst the standing stones at Kenmare Stone Circle.
4Outdoor adventures

Set aside a day for a trip to Star Outdoors Adventure Centre. Go water skiing, try your hand at sailing or hire kayaks to make your way across the rugged coastline. Find Munster’s largest water park at the centre, this floating island of fun has a rope swing, catapult, trampoline and climbing bars.

Back on land, choose between crazy golf and archery or test your mental and physical toughness with a challenging obstacle course. After all that activity, stop into the on-site Con’s Bar and Restaurant for some fresh seafood accompanied by some of the finest views on the Beara Peninsula.

5Kenmare Golf Club

A stroll from the town centre, Kenmare Golf Club is one of the most scenic golf courses in Ireland. Perfect your swing against the backdrop of the beautiful River Roughty Estuary and the Caha Mountains. Later, drop into the clubhouse for a delicious meal at the Pavilion Restaurant.

Kenmare Golf Club
6Tidal Zone Walking Tour

A walking tour with a twist, the Tidal Zone Walking Tour brings you on an adventure through mudflats and rockpools. Study the biodiversity and varying environmental conditions that make up the unique coastline. You’ll get tips on foraging for seaweed and find out how to use it for tasty recipes.

Clear skies over Kenmare Bay, Kerry

Photo credit: @mancub_vision

Explore the stunning coast of Kenmare Bay.
7Tom Crean Brewery

When in Kenmare, a visit to the Tom Crean Brewery is a must. Learn the story of Tom Crean, Ireland’s famous Antarctic explorer turned pub-owner, and take a tour of the brewery built in his honour. Tom Crean’s granddaughter Aileen runs this authentic experience which attracts people from all corners of the country. While you’re there, enjoy the homemade pizza and delicious craft beer.

8Kissane Sheep Farm

Watch a skilled sheepdog herd a flock of sheep at Kissane Sheep Farm with its panoramic backdrop of the mountain pass at Moll’s Gap. Spend some time at the working farm, you’ll learn how to shear a sheep and feed a baby lamb. If time allows, explore one of the nearby mountain hikes and enjoy the spectacular Ring of Kerry scenery, marvel at the majestic MacGillyguddy’s Reeks and the Black Valley.

On the way back, stop at what might just be the most scenic café in Ireland. Treat yourself to coffee and cake at Avoca Handweavers in Moll’s Gap. Spend time browsing the gorgeous gifts and handmade Irish crafts, taking in the views of Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain.

Sheep in Kenmare, Kerry at sunset.
Enjoy the magnificent scenery around Kenmare.
9Kenmare Foodie Tour

With its thriving foodie scene, the Kenmare Foodie Tour is one of the best things to do in Kenmare. Join TV chef Karen Coakley as she takes you on a walking tour of the town, introducing you to the people behind the produce, from coffee roasters to artisan shopkeepers. Meet the makers and try unique Kerry delicacies, this is the ultimate food experience in Kenmare.

10Kenmare Farmers Market

A major treat for foodie fans, Kenmare Farmer’s Market takes place every Wednesday in the town square. The lively market is packed with local specialities including gourmet ice cream, homemade honey, and fresh fish. Admire the intricate crafts and pick up a plant to care for at home, a special reminder of your holiday in Kenmare.

Kenmare Market
11Kenmare restaurants

For tasty food made with local ingredients and a friendly atmosphere, the Lime Tree Restaurant should be on your list. The building dates from 1832 and features exposed stone and a cosy open fireplace.

Just up the road is No. 35, the restaurant has its own farm with the menu changing to reflect seasonal produce. Order the fillet steak and sit back to appreciate the setting, the timber beams and stained glass windows make this a special place to have dinner.

Seafood fans should plan a trip to Tom Crean Fish and Wine for a meal in the Ice Bar. Settle in beside the open turf fire, pour over the memorabilia featuring the famous explorer, and feast on locally caught lobster.

12Kenmare pubs

If live music and a creamy pint of Guinness sounds like your scene, Crowleys on Henry Street should be your first port of call when in Kenmare for the evening.

One of the oldest bars in Kenmare is PF McCarthy’s, or PFs as it’s known in Kenmare. Sit at the bar and get to know the locals, it’s the best way to find out all the hidden gems in this picturesque place.

Arguably the most famous pub in Kenmare, you might recognise O’ Donnabhain’s from postcards and famous TV ads. With a covered beer garden and a characterful interior, you can stay overnight in their cosy guesthouse. Order a tasty stonebaked pizza and don't miss one of the famous trad sessions.

Friends enjoying a drink in a pub in Kenmare, Kerry.
Enjoy the craic in Kenmare with your friends.
Plan a holiday to lovely Kenmare

With outdoor adventures, vibrant markets and fun food trails, there's so many great things to do in Kenmare. Head over to our Kenmare destination page now for even more inspiration for your next visit.

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