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Kenmare

 

 

Kenmare ActivitiesKenmare, "The Jewel on the Ring of Kerry" nestles on the sea-shore, positioned at the base of the Kenmare Bay, nestled between the Iveragh and Beara Peninsulas.

The town, founded in 1670 by Sir William Petty, has preserved many original features. Development has been sympathetic to the tradition of an Irish town. It now bustles with over 30 restaurants, bars, craft shops, hotels, guest houses, and a host of activities for your enjoyment. Kenmare's hotels and restaurants are among some of the world's finest establishments.

 

Whether it is walking on the mountains, cruising on the bay, horse riding, golfing, fishing, touring or soaking up the best of music you will not be disappointed in Kenmare.

 

 

 

Boat Hire/sailing

Star Of Kenmare Charter:

 

Kenmare boatingThe Star of Kenmare is available for private charter for groups, parties and celebrations. All the latest safety equipment is on board, as is of course, an atmosphere of adventure.


The boats interior is decorated to the highest standard with plush and comfortable seating, strategically placed on the lower deck offering the best possible vantage points for all passengers. On the inner deck passengers can avail of tea, coffee and snacks from the bar. Music can be supplied on board if required. Ideal for company outings, team bonding away from it all.

 

Departing from our pier on the R571.

 

Rates:

 

Daily: €

 


 

Sailing Boat Hire:

 

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So you think you can sail? Well now you can, come and put your skills and knowledge to your advantage by renting any of our sailing boats.

 

Take to the water in your own time and explore any part of the Kenmare bay that you want. Impress your loved ones or just have a nice day out with your friends or family, with professional instructors always on hand to give advice if it is needed. Have a day to remember.

 

Rates:

 

Daily: €

Eco Tour

Eco-Nature Wildlife Safari:

 

Kenmare Bay has probably the richest marine habitat in all of western Europe. This can be seen by the diversity in animal and plant life to be found here. On our trip we will regularly see a variety of birds, seals, dolphins and lots of foliage. The highlight of all tours is a close up of the grey seal colony which has its home on the rocks in the middle of Kenmare Bay. In season we can actually see mothers nursing their young and enjoying the sun. Sudden movements will disturb them so we need to be very still to enjoy the close encounter. There are upwards of two to three hundred seals in the whole of the Kenmare Bay.

 

We will also pass by several uninhabited Islands along the way and we can see wild goats and horses on some of these as well as lots of bird life. Dinish Island was once a home to a monastery where the ruins of a church are on the eastern side of the Island. The monks set traps between the island and the mainland to catch fish. They also had cattle and sheep on the island. In the background the majestic McGillycuddy Reeks mountains can be seen to the north including Irelands highest mountain Carrauntoohil. We will also see some castles along the way, again on the north coastline. Your guide will tell you about the rock formations, the ice age and other history of the area. Join us for this informative experience and you will want to come back for the scenery, fun and entertainment!

 

Rates:

 

Per Adult:          €

Per ChildU12:   €

Fishing

Sea Angling:

 

Fishing in KerryYou can charter our boat for a fishing party lasting  half a day or a full day. The half day fishing trip is our most popular trip. The advantage of the full day charter is that we can go out further into the bay, thus increasing the variety of species that can be fished.

 

We have twenty years experience of navigating the bay and our aim is to make your voyage fascinating, pleasant and safe. On board there's, seating for ten people, a toilet, binoculars fishing rods and all safety equipment.


From Mid May till September we operate  fishing trips on the Kenmare Bay. During the cruise we will tell you all about the many features of the bay and the beautiful marine and wild life in and around it. You will see seals, foxes, and many other types of wildlife and birds.

 

 

Rates:

 

10 max

Half Day Charter   € 200

Full Day Charter:    € 300

Golf

Ring of Kerry Golf

The Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club is located amidst the most stunning scenery imaginable in the village of Templenoe, 4 miles from the town of Kenmare on the N70 "Ring of Kerry".. Overlooking beautiful and serene Kenmare Bay with the Kerry mountains providing a wonderful backdrop, the setting is surely one of the best in Ireland.

 

The course itself, 6814 yds from the medal tees, is hilly with dramatic elevation changes and a challenging layout. Lakes abound ready to catch your errant ball, should you be distracted from your shot by the surrounding views. Strictly speaking a Parkland course, it has a definite links feel given its sand-based fairways and greens and its proximity to the bay.

 

Two of ‘The Ring’s’ signature holes lie on the back 9. Hole 13, ‘An Neidin’, is a 200 + yd Par 3 from an elevated tee which provides fabulous views of Kenmare Bay. The green slopes heavily from left to right and is protected by water. Par is a good score for this hole. Hole 14 ‘Tahilla’ is ‘The Ring’s’ number 1 index hole. A long par 4, it requires length and accuracy off the tee. The fairway narrows all the way to the green and is surrounded by trees with a huge bunker in front. On the front 9, hole 5 ‘Moll’s Gap’ is a short par 5, usually into the prevailing head wind. It’s a classic risk/reward 2 shot to an elevated green which is guarded by a steep incline and water.

 

In short, the Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club is a beautifully-designed course set amidst unbelievable scenery, where every hole is memorable.

 

Rates:

 

18 Holes: €60

Kayaking/Canoeing

Kenmare Bay Kayak Rental:

 

Kayak Ring of KerryKayaking or canoeing is probably the best way to explore the beauty and wildlife of the Kenmare Bay with its rugged coastline and rich marine life.

 

If you require our qualified instructors can give you one on one instruction or as a group. Our stock includes single and double sit on tops, closed cockpits, sea kayaks and some Canadian canoes. All safety equipment is supplied.

 

Rates:

 

Per Hour:  €

 

 


 

Kayaking Trips:

 

One day sea kayaking trip from Kenmare to Sneem

Distance: 22 km
Duration: 7 – 8 hours
Starting time: 10:00am, lunch 1 hour on island

Max. group size: 8
Min. group size: 4
Min age: 16

Food:You will be required to bring your own packed lunch, which should consist of sandwiches rolls or salad etc. Drinking water and plenty of snacks (energy bars). Also food can be arranged on arrival in Sneem at a traditional Irish bar at request of the group.

What’s to see?:On this trip we will pass 2 castles, discover the beautiful Blackwater estuary and paddle its wooded shores. Get friendly with the seals, spot up to thirty species of birds, and much more wildlife to add. Have lunch on deserted island and then explore parknasilla bay and the Sneem estuary at our leisure.

 

Rate:

 

Per Adult:          €

 

2 day sea kayaking from Kenmare to Caherdaniel

Day 1 as above:
We will set up camp in the picturesque Sneem River estuary, from where we will trek to Sneem and to enjoy the food, drink agus craic!

Day 2:
Breakfast at 9:00am, which will be included in the cost. Then we will break camp pack up kayaks and begin our journey at 11:00am approx.

Distance:15km
Duration:5 hours

Food:You will be required to bring your own lunch as per day one. Also food can be arranged on arrival at Castlecove beach bar at the request of the group.

What’s to see?: We will discover a coast line more baron than the previous day, and realise the raw beauty of the Inveragh peninsula. For the more adventurous among the group perhaps the opportunity to do some bouldering and cliff jumping! Explore the islands of Cove Harbour and stop for a well deserved pint at the end of our journey at castlecove beach bar.

 

Rate:

 

Per Adult:          €

 

3 hour midnight sea kayaking trip of the Kenmare Bay

Duration: 2 hours, begins at 10:00pm
Distance: 5 km

Food: If one would like to bring a picnic please feel free to do so, as there are many idyllic islands we can stop off at.

What’s to see?: On this trip we will discover the beauty of the Kenmare Bay by night, as we paddle and disturb the phosphorescence they will glow and provide a spectacle in its paralleled in its beauty! Also we will explore the island and listen to the sounds the birds and animals of the night.

This trip is weather and light permitting.

Some kayaking experience and a good fitness level will be required to take part in this trip.

Transport back to Kenmare

 

Rate:

 

Per Adult:          €

Marine Tour

Kenmare Bay:

 

Sightseeing Trips of Kenmare Bay available on a daily basis. Departing from our pier on the R571, morning and evening in high season and once daily, usually mid afternoon, off peak season.

Luxury boat, top viewing deck and enclosed bar area downstairs with full toilet facilities. Informative guide on board to give you a guided tour with history of the Kenmare Bay and its surroundings and information on many types of wildlife to be seen in the area

 

Rates:

 

Return Per Adult:          €

Return Per ChildU12:   €

Mountaineering

Kenmare Bay Mountaineering:

 

We are truly blessed to find ourselves located between the “ Beara Way”   and   the “ Kerry Way” which trails through out Cork and Kerry. We are facing directly across the Kenmare Bay from Carrauntoohill Irelands highest peak. Another popular option is the old Killarney to Kenmare route. Again our instructors will lead you on enchanting trips through some of Irelands most rugged beauty, some of which are only accessible on foot.

 

Full days and multi days are available with gear provided subject to availability, such as boots, rain gear and compasses. A looped 2 hour walk is available from the centre with fabulous views over Kenmare Bay and Dinish Island.

 

Rates:

 

Per Person: €

Scuba Diving

Dive Center:

 

Our Diving center is located at Kilmackillogue harbour, Lauragh on the spectacular Beara Peninsula. The facilities include diving compressor delivering both air and nitrox tank fills, dive gear rinsing and drying area, equipment rental, servicing and repairs of dive gear, drysuit repair clinic and changing room. We offer diver training courses through PADI, (professional association of diving instructors) the largest diver training organisation in the world.

 

Open Water Dives:

 

We run three boat dives per day from May 1st till the middle of August and then two dives per day till the end of September. There are also regular boat night dives each month or by group request. We specialise in taking out complete beginners and offer daily, our three hour try-a-dive program which consists of a short diving theory lesson followed by a boat trip to a lagoon and your first shallow water dive accompanied by your instructor.

 

For inexperienced divers and newly qualified divers we have many sheltered, colourful and fun dive sites in the 10 - 15 meter depth range, all within a ten minute boat ride. The scuba refresher course is also a great way to spend a day out diving from the boat with an instructor while brushing up on your diving skills.

 

Discover Scuba Special:

 

Scuba Diving IrelandWe run three hour discover scuba sessions from the dive boat. After a short briefing from your instructor, you board the high speed dive boat and enjoy an exhilarating boat ride to an offshore island.  The boat ties up in an enclosed sheltered lagoon. Here you begin your dive in standing depth water by learning a few basic skills with the instructor.  Once these initial skills are learnt you spend approx. forty minutes diving in the lagoon.  There is an abundance of marine life in the lagoon for you to see such as hermit crabs, scallops, sea anemones, wrasse, dogfish, pipefish and much more.

 

After the dive you re-board the dive boat for the return trip,  the entire session lasts approx. three hours and is an ideal way to spend a morning, afternoon or evening. 

 

Rates:

 

Vary from course to course and dive to dive depending on number of divers etc., please contact us with your details and we can assemble a quote for you.

 

Discover Scuba Special: € 75 per person (over 12 only)

Walking Trips

Kenmare Bay Hillwalking:

 

Kenmare things to do We are truly blessed to find ourselves located between the “ Beara Way”   and   the “ Kerry Way” which trails through out Cork and Kerry. We are facing directly across the Kenmare Bay from Carrauntoohill Irelands highest peak. Another popular option is the old Killarney to Kenmare route. Again our instructors will lead you on enchanting trips through some of Irelands most rugged beauty, some of which are only accessible on foot.

 

Full days and multi days are available with gear provided subject to availability, such as boots, rain gear and compasses. A looped 2 hour walk is available from the centre with fabulous views over Kenmare Bay and Dinish Island.

 

Rates:

 

Per Person: €