Family Fun

Rinn na Gcros Park

Rinn na Gcros Park

Rinn na Gcros Park
 was laid out as an idyllic oak island just 3 minutes from town by Lord Lansdowne in the early 1900s. It’s a beautiful walk by the water that leads you out into the middle of the Roughty River with beautiful views out across the bay.  It is the perfect place for kids to run wild in, lots of hidden paths, tunnels created by rhododendrons, little hills to climb and most exciting of all, a bat sanctuary. Photo: Eastern End of Rinn na Gcros...

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Chocolate Classes

Chocolate Classes

Award winning French chef, Benoit Lorge, creates sensational handmade gourmet chocolates in the village of Bonane, just 5 Km from Kenmare.  On site “Le Chocolat Shop” stocks his full range of scrumptious truffles, bonbons, almond bites and nougat. Perfect for presents (…especially to oneself). Benoit also runs a number of specialist courses for aspiring chocolate makers. However, his most popular courses are his children’s workshop where kids get to be mini masterchefs!  The two hour classes are aimed at children from the age 5 and upwards. Parents can leave the children to...

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Beaches

Beaches

There are lots of sandy coves and beautiful beaches near Kenmare.  If you’re in the mood to stroll along a deserted sandy beach or simply want to let the kids run wild and build sandcastles, two of the best beaches are Castlecove or Derrynane.  The latter is a 30 minute drive along the Ring of Kerry, but well worth it.  When there make sure to pop into Bridie Keatings, a traditional old style pub located just behind the beach.  Keating’s pub serves good fashioned pub grub – soup, sandwiches, and of course stout – all very appealing after a long day of sun, sea and...

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Ewe Sculpture Garden

Ewe Sculpture Garden

If you’re in the mood for a very wacky outing, pop along to the Ewe Sculpture Garden, located on the road from Kenmare to Glengarriff, past the Caha Pass.  The garden consists of a maze of paths through a stunning natural gardens complete with waterfall. And everywhere you look there will be some odd and bizarre elf or object popping out at you.  There is also a small tea garden with homed baked goodies, deemed to be “edible art”! A perfect place to let the kids (and their imaginations) run wild! Of note however is that some very young children made find some of the elf...

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Seafari

Seafari

One of the most popular family outings is to take a Seafari eco-nature Cruise on Kenmare Bay.  It’s a true treat for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages.  Seafari has been in operation for almost 20 years and at the helm is marine biologist Captain Ray Ross.  His boat is a familiar sight on Kenmare Bay.  Indeed, if you stay in the Stone Cottage you will undoubtedly spot it sailing past during your stay! The return cruise lasts 2 -3 hours,  making its way to the mouth of Kenmare Bay – between the Beara & the Iveragh Peninsulas.  Captain Ross explains the wildlife as  you go...

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Toy Soldier Factory

Toy Soldier Factory

For a definitely unique experience, pop along to the Toy Soldier Factory in Kilnamartyna Village in West Cork. One of only three toy soldier factories in the world – and the only one that is also a museum. A great outing for all the family are their casting and painting workshops whereby you get to cast and paint your own miniature metal cast figure –including fairies, cowboys, ballerinas, teddy bears and of course soldiers.  Ideally, it is for children aged 6 years and upwards. Although, it is also very popular with bigger children. Indeed, staff at the factory note that their most...

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