Travelling to Kenmare

You have many options for travelling to Kenmare including planes, trains and automobiles.  Below an overview of the easiest and quickest ways to arrive, and also the most scenic route along the Ring of Kerry. We hope your journey to Kenmare will be as enjoyable as your stay. 

By Car

From Dublin, you can drive either via Cork or Killarney to reach Kenmare.  Drive south out of Dublin on the N7 road.  Shortly after the Portlaoise toll plaza, you can veer off to the left at junction 19 to join the M8 motorway in the direction of Cork.  Alternatively you can continue straight on along the M7 to Limerick, and from there onto Killarney.

From Killarney, you have two options. You can take either the scenic mountain route along the Ring of Kerry (N71 road) or go in the direction of Cork (N22) turning off to the right at Loo Bridge onto the R569. There is a signpost for Kenmare. Both drives take approximately 35 minutes. If it’s your first time to the Kingdom of Kerry (yes, we really do refer to it as that!), we recommend taking the Ring of Kerry route as you will pass through some pretty stunning scenery.

From Cork you take the N22 in the direction of Tralee and turn off to the left at Loo Bridge onto the R569. There is a signpost for Kenmare. If driving from Dublin, there is no need for you to go into Cork city, but simply continue along the ring road following the signs for Tralee/Killarney.

Perhaps the easiest way to plan your route is to use AA Route Planner and print out your itinerary in advance.

Kenmare Coastal Holiday Cottages are listed on Google Maps. Our GPS coordinates are: 51°52’29.7″N 9°36’07.3″W


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By Plane

The closest airport to the Coastal Holiday Cottages is Kerry Airport located at Farranfore. We advise allowing 50 minutes for the drive from Kenmare lest you get caught behind a flock of sheep en route. Flights routes include Dublin, London Stansted, London Luton, Frankfurt-Hahn.

Cork Airport is approximately a 70 minute drive and destinations served include London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Brussels, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Glasgow, Geneva, Munich, Paris, Nice, Rennes, Lisbon and Warsaw. More routes opening in 2014. For the current list of destinations served from Cork Airport, click here.

Shannon Airport, located just west of Limerick city, is another option when travelling to the South West of Ireland, situated right in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way. Cars are available for hire at all airports.

By Ferry

Ferry services currently connect with the south and south east of Ireland with the UK and France. The companies servicing these routes are:

For those interested in travelling by ferry, is a helpful price comparison and booking website with access to all ferry services in Europe. Their dedicated page for travel to Ireland can be found here and includes information on the latest special offers, upcoming timetables and past reviews.

By Bus

Kenmare is serviced daily by buses from both Killarney and Cork.  However, bus services vary depending on the time of year so it is recommended that you visit the Bus Eireann website to get the most up to date departure and arrival times.

By Train

The closest railway station to Kenmare is in Killarney and there is connecting bus services to Kenmare. For the most up to date train timetable information, it is recommended that you consult the Irish Rail website.

Overview of the cottages