5 family friendly activities in Kenmare

Enjoy all of these fantastic family activity centres in the Kenmare area when you book you next stay at the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort

  1. Star Outdoors Star Outdoors activity centre offers activities for all the family in all weather conditions, enjoy water sports, archery and hill walking in Kenmare. Wide selection of water activities feature sailing, boat trips, kayaking, canoeing, pedal boats, doughnut and powerboat rides and a water trampoline and slide.

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Professional instructors are available at Star Outdoors activity centre to help and can be hired to look after you or your group. If you have no experience they will always provide instruction for you to get maximum enjoyment from your visit.

A day visit to Star Outdoors, Kenmare, is a must for an active family and great fun for Hen/stag groups!

Website: http://www.staroutdoors.ie/

  1. Eclipse Activity Centre Enjoy a wide selection of Outdoor Activities, there is something to suit everyone. The Eclipse Centre is set in the heart of the rugged Irish countryside located along the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way, amidst stunning scenery of the McGillicuddy Reeks and nestled between the colourful and cultural towns of Kenmare, Sneem and Killarney in the South West of Ireland.  13731673_10153606524670689_809025398646413825_n

Some of what is on offer include: Coasteering & Gorge Walking, Orienteering, Military assault course, Mud surfing, Horse riding and pony trekking for all the family, Kayaking, Fly fishing on our private lake or river, Mountain biking, Archery.

Great for Families, Hen & Stags, Team Building, school tours & Summer camps. A day at Eclipse will be unforgettable. Web: http://www.eclipseireland.com/

  1. Seafari, the original Kenmare Bay Sea safari, founded by Raymond Ross, marine biologist, sailor, photographer, singer/entertainer/comedian, lover of all things marine and proud to be an Irishman! Enjoy a majestic cruise full of laughter & fun, providing unforgettable memories.

Seafari cruises invite you to explore the prolific wildlife of Kenmare Bay on Ireland’s premier seal-watching and eco-nature boat trip. Enjoy a 2 hour comfortable, sheltered cruise into the magical and tranquil waters of Kenmare Bay. Visit seal colonies, look out for secret castles, playful otters as well as a wealth of bird-life along the way.

White-tailed sea eagles have recently been re-introduced into Kerry and there are regular sightings.

Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits are offered on all cruises, blankets if you are feeling a bit chilly and for those feeling a nip in the air there is a shot of rum to warm you up.

Perfect for families, and groups. Web: http://www.seafariireland.com/

 

  1. Molly Gallivans Cottage & Bonane Heritage Park

Molly Gallivan’s 200 year old cottage and farm is family run business, situated between Kenmare and Glengarriff on the Beara peninsula, in the picturesque South West of Ireland.  Experience the simple country lifestyle in rural Ireland before the days of electricity and modern conveniences. Enjoy farm life, complete with animals, fowl and traditional farm machinery.

At Bonane Heritage Park there are several archaeological treasures all of which are accessible along 2000 metres of gravelled walkway, interpretive boards will tell the history & story of each. Amongst the sites are Ancient Stone Circles, Fulacht Fiadh (means ‘cooking pot’), Bullaun Stone (said to have held water that was used for medicinal purposes), Standing Stone, Ringfort & Famine House Ruins.

After your visit you can enjoy a traditional Irish meal or home baking in Molly’s old teashop. You can also browse in the unique craft shop for some local made products.

Website: http://mollygallivans.com/the-experience

http://www.bonaneheritagepark.com/

 

  1. Dromquinna Stables

Dromquinna Stables, is a family run equestrian centre, just 5kms outside Kenmare.

On offer are horses and ponies that will suit everyone, beginner to experienced rider alike. Experience beautiful rides, along the shores of the Kenmare Bay and through lush woodland into the mountains with breathtaking views of the Beara and Iveragh peninsulas.

Also available are farm rides to the sea for the whole family. Lessons also available with one of the 4 qualified staff in all-weather arenas.

Bring your kids to join a Saturday morning Pony Club where they will learn how to groom, tack and look after their pony. Or come and try your skills at some Polocrosse.

Web: http://www.dromquinna-stables.com/

 

 

 

Kenmare Bay has 1000 Tripadvisor reviews

The Kenmare Bay Hotel has reached 1000 reviews on Tripadvisor!
A Big THANK YOU to all of our wonderful guests & your great reviews! If you have stayed with us and haven’t had a chance to review our hotel, we would love a review! www.Tripadvisor.ie. We are  the 3rd Top hotel in Kenmare.

With a selection of hotel accommodation to suit everyone, self catering homes & Luxury lodges. Enjoy a full leisure centre and loads of children’s facilities, plus the ultimate Wedding venue  and fabulous food that is sourced locally – The Kenmare Bay has it all!

In the local area, enjoy activity centres that will satisfy all. Star Outdoors, Eclipse Activity Centre, Dromquinna Riding Stables, Seafari, Bonane Heritage Park  – all in the nearby vicinity.

There is something for everyone at the Kenmare Bay, ideally located on the Wild Atlantic Way, The Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the Kenmare Bay Hotel again soon!

Ring of Beara Cycle Race Kenmare 2016

The Ring of Beara Cycle Race Kenmare, on 28th May 2016 was quite fantastic!

Starting in Kenmare and finishing in Kenmare, cyclists enjoyed unspoilt beauty & spectacular scenery. Participants had a choice of an exciting 140km or 110km cycle by the rugged Wild Atlantic Way coastal route of the Beara Peninsula.

The Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare is organised by the Kenmare Marketing & Events Group with the help of local professional event management company Elite Event Management.

This years funds raised will be distributed to two nominated charities: Southwest Counselling and Cancer Connect.

Well done to all cyclists that took part, and a massive thank you to all the organisers and volunteers without whom, this event would not be possible!

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At the Kenmare Bay Hotel, we enjoyed looking after all the cyclists, and made sure they were well fed and watered before and after the race!

Looking forward to 2017 Ring of Beara already!  Book your accommodation early, it is sure to fill up again very soon. Cyclists can avail of our cycle storage, drying facilities and can ease away the aches and pains in our jacuzzi, steam room and sauna at the Bay Leisure Centre

See you in 2017!

25 Things you should know about Beara

25 things you should know about Beara  – courtesy of www.bearatourism.com

The Kenmare Bay Hotel is ideally located to explore the Beara peninsula, as well as the Ring of Kerry – giving you the best of the South West!

  1. The Celts first landed in Ireland at Garnish near the westernmost end of the peninsula.
  2. The Beara Peninsula was named after a Spanish princess, Princess Beara.
  3. The highest waterfall in Ireland and the UK is the Mare’s Tail in Adrigole.
  4. The warmest place in Ireland is by Adrigole Bridge in Adrigole.
  5. The oldest writing on a stone in Ireland is pre-Ogham and can be found in Glentastel, Lauragh.
  6. Berehaven harbour is the second safest natural harbour in the world.
  7. The Cailleach Beara is one of the oldest mythological antiquities in Ireland.
  8. The four mythological Children of Lir are buried in Allihies.
  9. 511 historical sites, some dating back to 2000 B.C. can be found on the Beara Peninsula, making it the location of one of the highest number of antiquities in one area in Ireland. Bonane Valley has many fine examples.
  10. The Beara Peninsula is the only peninsula in Ireland that is located in two counties — Cork & Kerry.
  11. O Sullivan Beare is the only Irish chieftain whom Queen Elizabeth I of England did not pardon after the battle of Kinsale .
  12. O Sulivan Beare’s march in 1603 is the most famous march in Irish history.
  13. The freshwater mussels that live in the Ardgroom area are over 100 years old–the oldest living shellfish on the peninsula.
  14. In 1796, the French longboat landed in Bere island and Wolfe Tone anchored in Berehaven harbour at the same time.
  15. In 1914, Berehaven harbour was the most fortified harbour in western Europe with the cannons on bere Island.
  16. After one hundred years of being mined, the copper mines in Allihies are so deep and extensive that they go under the sea.
  17. The Dursey Cable Car is the only cable car in Ireland.
  18. The Glengarriff Forest is home to the oldest oak trees in Ireland.
  19. The Beara Peninsula is home to one of the rarest birds in Ireland — the Chough.
  20. Ballydonegan in Allihies is the only beach in Ireland made from crushed stone; the stone was taken from the copper mines
  21. The tallest birch in Ireland is a downy birch, 25m high growing in Lauragh
  22. The tallest ogham stone in the world can be found in Eyeries.
  23. In the Viking age Dursey Island was used as a slave depot.
  24. Blackball in Cahermore was a volcanic area.
  25. The Beara Peninsula is the most scenic route in Ireland.

 

Q & A with our Wedding Manager, Tom

Hi Tom, What is it about Kenmare Bay Hotel that makes it such a popular wedding venue?

The Kenmare Bay Hotel has a great reputation for quality and service. We pride ourselves on making each wedding as special as possible and I feel that each Bride and Groom appreciate the personal approach we take. Our food is second to none and we have a wide variety of accommodation options so the Kenmare Bay is extremely accommodating to all.

If you could give a bride one piece of advice in planning her wedding what would it be?

If I could give one piece of advice, it would probably be to organise your day according to when you want your Band/DJ to start. A lot of people make the mistake of planning from the church, but ideally if you plan back from the Band/DJ starting, you are allowing yourself a better idea as to when the church/civil service should start, when the dinner should be served taking into account speeches and allowing time for the music set-up. Your day should run smoothly and no time should be lost. It is only 1 day and we like to see each couple enjoy it to the fullest.

I have only been to Kenmare once but it is a stunning little town. What is there for wedding couples and their guests to do on the day before/day after the wedding?

We offer quite a few options at the hotel such as music and light snacks to sit down meals & buffets. The local area also has so much to offer such as Boat Cruises on the Kenmare Bay. We like to cater to each couple’s requirements as everyone if different but we guarantee to have something for everyone.

What is on offer when it comes to the wedding menu at Kenmare Bay Hotel?

Our standard wedding menu is made up of 4 courses and consists of choice of 2 starters, a soup or a sorbet, 2 main courses and a dessert medley or 1 dessert. We offer a complimentary tasting prior to your wedding day to ensure you are happy with the menu you have chosen. All dietary requirements can be accommodated with prior notice. I can also talk to you about a particular budget you may have and I can tailor your menu and package to suit this

How did you begin working with weddings?

I worked in a very busy Kildare Hotel where we did over 250 Weddings a year, along with over a 100 Functions , it was a very busy environment but I enjoyed it very much. My wife is from Kenmare and we decided to move to Kenmare, where I have looked after every wedding since the current owners have taken over 6 Years Ag

What do you enjoy doing when you are not planning a wedding?

I have 2 Boys 7 & 4 that keep me busy. My hobbies include Golf, sailing and Hill Walking.

What is your favourite flavour wedding cake?

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but if you offered me a Chocolate Biscuit Cake with Malteser & Hazelnut, I would not and could not say no.

visit – www.kenmarebayhotel.com/weddings and book your dream wedding today!