Things to Do
A walk along the lane is most enjoyable as the evening sun
settles your views on the islands in the bay and the cottages nestled
in the hillsides beyond.
A swim in the bay is refreshing as the water temperatures
are not Caribbean. The water is so clear; with goggles you can scout
underwater life. On occasion, you might see a seal out beyond
your path watching your stroke. Don’t be surprised to see women
of all ages shimmying out of their suits on the beach under the protection
of their towels and dressing again before leaving. It is totally
private, after all.
If you really want to explore the undersea life, explore the south
shore of the Bear Peninsula in Castletownbere about a one hour drive
from Kenmare. www.bearadiving.com.
On our first trip there we also toured the Art Center
A day out at Gleninchaquin Park is for climbers, birdwatchers, botanists
and photographers. The walk routes around the waterfall make it
accessible for all. The river walk, our favorite, takes you into
the sights and sounds of nature. www.neidin.net/gleninchaquin/index.html.
The water is a great draw for boaters and fisherman. In season,
fishing off the Bridge and the banks of the river outside of town is commonplace. A
cruise on the bay on the Seafari which sets off from the Pier will introduce
you to the nature along the shores as well as the wildlife, especially
the seals in a most enjoyable way. If you would enjoy a private tour log
onto www.kenmareanglingandsightseeing.com Water
sports center offers sailing and canoeing in the Bay just 5 minutes away
at the Star Sailing Club. www.staroutdoors.ie For
divers the Kenmare Bay Diving Center is nearby. www.kenmarebaydiving.com
If you are a golfer who enjoys walking the course, Kenmare Golf Club is
a perfect spot. Scheduling a round is easy as most days are not crowded.
The 100 year old club set along the river has many events during
the golf season which can be viewed on their website, www.kenmaregolfclub.com. If
you prefer to ride in a cart for a round of golf, then the Ring of Kerry
Golf and Country Club is for you. Set on a hillside across the Bay
from the cottage, it is a 20 minute drive door to door. A beautiful
course with views everywhere, you can schedule your round at www.ringofkerrygolf.com.
Horseback riding along the Bay or up in the hills is available at Gleninchaquin
Stables in Templenoe across the Bay. Lessons are available there
also only 15 minutes from the Cottage.
If you enjoy walking the hills and valleys with experienced walkers
with local leadership the Kenmare walking club is the group to contact. www.kenmare.net