Top Activities & Day Trips Starting From Kenmare

There is something special about a Staycation in Ireland, exploring the rugged hills, breath-taking landscapes and warm hospitality, there is nowhere quite like home.

Visit Bonane Heritage Park

Bonane Heritage Park should be at the top of your list of things to do. It boasts
one of the most significant archaeological sites in Ireland as well as making the
perfect setting for amateur and professional photographers and walkers. So
whether you’re interested in history and heritage or just looking to embrace all
that makes Ireland truly special, a visit won’t disappoint. Nestled at the point
where the Ring of Beara meets the Ring of Kerry, it makes the perfect place to
start your exploration of the area.

Dromquinna Stables

Dromquinna Stables are located just 5kms outside the town on the Sneem
road. Dromquinna Stables offer the enjoyment of horses and ponies to
everyone, beginner to experienced rider alike. Their beautiful rides take you
along the shores of the very scenic Kenmare Bay and through woodland into
the mountains with breathtaking views of the Beara and Iveragh peninsulas.
Dromquinna Stables offer farm rides for the whole family, which are suitable
for smaller children also or if you prefer, you can just enjoy a lesson with one of
their qualified staff in their all-weather arenas. Bring your kids to join a Saturday
morning Pony Club where they will learn how to groom, tack, and look after
their pony. Why not come and try your skills at some Polocrosse too?

Eclipse Ireland

The Eclipse Centre is a diamond set in the emerald of Kerry. Just ten kilometres
from Kenmare, Eclipse offers a variety of adventures and activities as well as
peace, tranquillity and a return to nature leaving you feeling invigorated and
refreshed. The Centre is renowned for its onsite Adventure Activities so you
can try archery, mud surfing, assault course, kayaking, orienteering, team
games, raft building, cycling, fly fishing on Eclipse Lake and much more.

Falconry Kerry

Falconry Kerry provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to partake in; “the sport
of kings” A hawk walk involves walking with a hawk and free-flying the bird
with the assistance of a master falconer. To top it off, you will meet some of our
photobombing owls. A falconry experience is as entertaining as it is educational.

Gleninchaquin Park

Gleninchaquin Park provides breath-taking landscapes and scenery in which it
is a sheer delight to wander around, over and across streams with log bridges.
Enjoy the mountain paths with carved steps. Take the routes to the lakes at
higher altitudes. Marvel at the view overlooking the lakes, delicate green
meadows, a spectacular 140-metre high waterfall, woodlands and Kenmare
Bay; is the superb vista that unfolds from the top of the falls.
This idyllic valley is perfectly suited for day outings with the entire family.
Ample parking facilities are provided close to the waterfall and picnic areas.
The walk routes around the waterfall, cascades, streams, woodlands and lakes
are accessible for all ages. The best part, you can bring your own lunch basket
for a picnic within the park or a small barbeque (weather dependent of course!)

Star Outdoors Water Sports

Feeling adventurous, then look no further than a day at Star Outdoors. Located
just a few kilometers from Kenmare town, Star Outdoors provides a range of
activities including kayaking, pedal boats, water park, archery, obstacle course,
paintball, splat ball, team games, mini-golf, playground, a murder mystery. They
have a 1-hour wildlife cruise of Kenmare Bay which takes in the local history,
landmarks, birdlife, castles, and seal colony. Activities of all sorts are guaranteed
to keep the family busy for hours at Star Outdoors. Whether you are an avid
sailor, skilled mountaineer, a seasoned canoeist, or a beginner looking for a new
hobby, Star Outdoors has something for you!

Garnish Island in Glengarriff, West Cork

Garnish Island is located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay.
A short 30-minute drive from Kenmare, through the breath-taking Caha Pass,
Garnish is world-renowned for its gardens which are laid out in beautiful walks
and it has some stunning specimen plants which are rare in this climate. A short
boat trip from Glengarriff takes you to the island, ideal for a family outing!

Day Trip to Killarney

Named as one of the world’s top 10 destinations to visit, no trip to Kerry is
complete without a trip to Killarney. Enjoy scenic walks through Killarney
National Park, a short trek up Torc Waterfall, a visit to Ross Castle, a boat trip to
Inisfallen Island or a family ride with a jarvey, horse & cart! Killarney is packed
with beautiful scenery, hidden gems, and family-friendly activities.

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