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Kenmare featured in Thai Airways Magazine

In the October 2014 edition of Thai Airways “Sawasdee” inflight magazine, there is a ten page feature on west coast of Ireland, in which Kenmare is lauded as the “perfect base”! “In the colourful little town of Kenmare, we found the perfect base for exploring West Cork & Kerry.  Nestled on the water’s edge, Kenmare has everything you could possibly want; stunning scenery, great gourmet restaurants, bustling traditional pubs and some very unique boutiques. Kenmare also sits on the world-renowned Ring of Kerry – a 180km circular route of endless picture...

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Lomanagh Loop Walk

Lomanagh Loop Walk

For those looking for a pleasant, scenic walk, why not try the Lomanagh Loop Walk on The Kerry Way.  The 11km loop walk – categorized as “moderate” – takes roughly 3 hours to complete.  It begins and ends in Sneem. Sneem Village The village of Sneem is approximately 20 minutes drive from Kenmare Coastal Holiday Cottages along the Ring of Kerry.  Park your car (or bike) in Sneem Village.  Sneem consists of two squares – north and south – with a bridge linking the two.  From the North Square (the one with the pink D. O’Shea pub), follow the signs pointing off the square...

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Attention Foodies!

Attention Foodies!

Tourism Ireland has just launched an excellent series of new online films promoting Ireland as a fantastic food destination.  Entitled “A Flavour of Ireland”, each episode will cover the story of an indigenous produce all the way from the sea, or field, to plate – meeting the passionate artisan producers who create them along the way. The first film focuses on Belvelly Smokehouse in Cobh, Co. Cork  – featuring Frank Hederman, a traditional smokehouse producer. Speaking of Ireland’s “wonderful raw materials” Frank notes that one “cannot separate the artisan food industry in Ireland from our...

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The Boathouse Bistro

The Boathouse Bistro

“Casual Elegance on the Waterfront” The Boathouse Bistro at Dromquinna Manor is a fantastic new addition to the already impressive dining scene in Kenmare.  Located less than five minutes drive from Kenmare Coastal Holiday Cottages, the Boathouse specialises in locally sourced and fantastically fresh seafood in a beautiful bayside setting. The Boathouse’s location on Kenmare Bay is glorious on a summer’s day and the terrace the perfect place to linger over a long leisurely lunch. Head Chef, Paul O’Loughlin creates simple yet scrumptious seafood dishes at affordable prices.  A number of the...

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Kenmare Food Carnival Cookbook

Kenmare Food Carnival Cookbook

The first ever Kenmare Food Carnival was held in 2012 and has already established itself as a firm fixture on the Irish foodie calendar. This year, the Kenmare Food Carnival launched a gorgeous little cookbook entitled ‘Loving Food…Loving Kenmare’. In celebration of Kenmare’s position as a gourmet capital, the cookbook focuses on the best of local produce and includes a range of fantastic ideas for ‘Light Bites’ ‘Tasty Mains’ and ‘Sweet Treats”. What makes this cookbook particularly charming is that it is a truly collaborative endeavour,...

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Stunningly Scenic Drive: The Healy Pass

Stunningly Scenic Drive: The Healy Pass

The Healy Pass crosses the Caha Mountains on the Beara Peninsula, just a short distance from Kenmare.  It follows a narrow, steep climbing road – passing at an attitude at 300m – giving truly stunning panoramas towards Bantry Bay to the south-east and Kenmare Bay to the north-west.  It a wonderful drive and here’s how it was looking today.  Gorgeous!   Photo: Cedric...

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