kenmare day trip

Kenmare is a beautifully scenic town just a little over an hour from Caragh Lake and Killorglin with a great selection of shops and eateries for everyone.

We normally head out over the mountains, through the jaw-dropping Ballaghbeama Pass. Yes, the roads are narrow and winding, but even if you’re a cautious driver, it’s well worth the trip. Just take it easy and enjoy the scenery. You may encounter the odd car but mostly sheep and cyclists.

It’s a firm favourite of our’s so we thought we’d map it out, along with a few optional pit stops for the kids along the way. Enjoy!

The Stepping Stone

The Stepping Stone is a small cafe and B&B tucked away in the Bridia Valley. It’s a quirky little place with stunning views.

In the summer time you’ll encounter walkers making their way along the Kerry Way… in winter, wild goats.

The English couple that run it make their own ice cream which is well worth a try, along with their toasted sandwiches.


Parknasilla Resort

Before you head to Kenmare take a detour via Sneem – a lovely little town.

You can stop off at the Parknasilla and have a cup of tea if you fancy.

The views over Kenmare Bay are beautiful and if the kids want to jump in the water there’s also an indoor pool which is open to non-residents.


Teach Milseáin House of Sweets

There are a lot of great little shops and eateries in Kenmare.

A firm favourite for us (or at least our son) is Teach Milseáin House of Sweets – a sweet shop full of crazy confectionary for kids to chose from.



Well worth planning in is a seal and eagle watching tour with the guys at Seafari.

Do call ahead to make sure your timings work and there’s availability.


Strawberry Fields

On the way back via Molls Gap you may want to take a small detour to Strawberry Fields – a great little pan cake restaurant.

Worth making a special trip for also.


Muckross House & Farm

On the home stretch Muckross House Traditional Farms is a nice little stop for kids.

They can roam around through old farm houses along with chickens, ducks, sheep and other farm animals.

There’s also a typical rural school house built around 1910 which will give them a sense of the pre-iPad ear. 🙂


Jacks Bakery

And your home… or nearly.

A little pastry at Jacks Bakery perhaps… or some fresh bread for dinner back at the house?

Then relax and watch the sunset as the kids play on the lawn.

We hope you enjoy it.

Do post us your own ideas and discoveries below in the comments and send us your pictures!

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