Kenmare at the Crossroads – which way you going?
Photo by: Rudolf Stricker, Creative Commons

Are you planning to visit Kenmare, Ireland? If you are, then here is a short travel guide that you may find helpful for your trip.
First, here are some trivia that you may want to know about this place:

• Kenmare was the gift of Oliver Cromwell to Sir William Petty as a reward for completing his project of mapping Ireland.
• This town is also the home of famous personalities like Ernest John Moeran, an English composer and footballers, Ned O’ Sullivan and Pat Spillane.
• Kenmare is also famous for its yearly market fairs that are held every August.

How to Get There:
From Dublin, you can take a drive from Dublin to Kenmare. However, if you are into public transportation, you can ride a train from Dublin to Killarney and then take a bus to get to Kenmare. Be warmed though that public transportation can take longer and it can be a bit more expensive in a local’s point of view.

Kenmare is a small town that is situated in County Kerry. It is where you can find several famous sites including:
• The Ring of Kerry – a 179km circular trail that passes through equally famous destinations such as the:
o Muckross House – a Tudor style house built in 1843 by William Burn. This house is famous for its 65 intricately decorated rooms.
o Derrynane House – estate of politician and lawyer Daniel O’Connell.
o Ross Castle – home of the O’Donoghue clan that is the founder of County Kerry.
o Lake of Lough Leane and
o The Ladies’ View

• The Ring of Beara – a longer 195km trail that goes around the Beara Peninsula. It starts from Kenmare, through the Healy Pass and it ends in Glengariff. During the trip you will pass by some historical sites including:
o Dunboy Castle – the stronghold that O’Sullivan Bere used to defend the Berehaven.
o Puxley Mansion and
o Copper Mines Museum

• Glengariff Botanical Garden – this privately owned estate features a sunken garden, a walled garden and a Grecian Temple. If you want to go here, you may need to take a 10 – minute boat ride.

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