Kenmare, a seaside town on the west coast of Ireland, is nestled between the Beara Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry, in the south of County Kerry. There aren’t as many tourists in town as there are in Killarney, but it still does attract the occasional tour buses loaded with Australian and American tourists. There is a traditional feeling to the town, despite the large number of tourists who tromp through the place during the summer.
The Farmers Market is worth visiting, and in the evenings, head to Crowly's Pub for lively trad sessions. There is a pharmacy and a post office, and an ATM (in the center of town). There are, of course, the typical tourist-trap gift shops, where you can stock up on shamrock boxers and Celtic knot bracelets. There is an internet café called Live Wire on Rock Street that has reasonable rates.
Your Kenmare hostel options will place you on the main street; Kenmare is really small, so you can walk everywhere in town. There is no train station, but there is a bus station. Parking is crowded and difficult, so bear that in mind when passing through.
The Holy Cross Church has a beautiful interior, and definitely worth a look. There is also a Bronze Age stone circle, surrounded by a lovely wood, in town near Cromwell Bridge. For a quiet afternoon, head to the seaside or the bay. There are also some rivers nearby. For the more adventurous, take a cycle ride along the Ring of Beara or Kerry (Beara is much less populated than the famous Ring of Kerry, and just as beautiful).
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