Why Kenmare Bay Hotel is the Perfect Option for Your Hen or Stag Weekend

Kenmare Bay Hotel is a homely establishment located just minutes from Kenmare town. It is both the hotel’s location and wide range of accommodation options that make it the perfect option for hen or stag groups.

We at HenorStag.com can make this assertion due to the fact that when staying here, three great accommodation options are open to groups. The first is the twin and group rooms available in the hotel. These rooms are neatly decorated, with large windows which wash the rooms in light. As well as this, all rooms are en suite, and contain amazing amenities like WiFI, LCD TVs and tea and coffee making facilities.

Another accommodation option is the on-site self-catering lodges. These luxury lodges sleep up to 5 people, with lavish furnishings and open living areas. What’s more, each lodge comes complete with a fitted kitchen and all the trimmings available in the hotel rooms, making them a cost effective option to consider.

Self-Catering Luxury lodge
Enjoy a self-catering lodge on the grounds of the hotel

Lastly, Holiday homes are also on offer here. These 4* options are ideal for larger groups, as they can comfortably sleep up to seven people. What’s more, they are equipped with three bathrooms, 3 bedrooms and open plan kitchen and dining areas.

Aside from the accommodation, there are a wealth of other reasons to stay at Kenmare Bay Hotel. The first is The Bay Restaurant, held in high regard for its delicious and locally sourced Fish and Lamb, as well as some scrumptious homemade desserts. The Courtyard Bar is other great reason to stay, as alongside offering tasty bar food like chargrilled beef burgers and seafood chowder, it is a comfortable retreat for a glass of wine or a pint of beer in the evening.

That’s not all, as guests staying at the hotel or in the self catering lodges or holiday homes are granted access to the on-site Bay Leisure Centre. Here, you and your friends can enjoy a relaxing soak in the jacuzzi, get thoroughly steamed in the steam room and sauna, or go for a swim in the 18.5m swimming pool.

With all these places to stay and perks to enjoy, it’s no wonder that the hotel is multi award winning. Whatever accommodation option you opt for when staying at Kenmare Bay Hotel, know that the town of Kenmare is just a 10 minute walk away.

Hen party celebration at the Kenmare Bay Hotel
Happy Hens at the Kenmare Bay Hotel

The Area of Kenmare The scenic town of Kenmare is located at the head of Kenmare bay, with rivers and mountains helping this little nest in county Kerry boast stunning scenery. Known as the “walking mecca of Ireland”, walks along the Wild Atlantic Way are a huge tourist attraction, as Kenmare and the surrounding areas are among the most beautiful in Ireland.

Nearby Activities

Other perks to staying at the hotel is that guests are on the doorstep of exciting outdoor pursuits, such as;

  • Eclipse Ireland, a great option for hens and stags due to boasting a range of team building exercises, including horse riding, assault courses and orienteering.
  • Land and Water Activities at Star Outdoors, perfect for team building with Murder Mysteries, paintball, archery, kayaking and raft building.
  • 18 Hole Coastal Golf Course at Kenmare Golf Club, a picturesque course nestled between Kenmare Bay and the surrounding mountains.
  • Fishing in Kenmare Bay for bass, ray, pollock, tuna, cod, flounder and more.
  • Walking treks along Kerry Way, the Beara Way & Killarney National Park.


Nearby Nightlife

In the town centre, you’ll find cozy restaurants and traditional pubs that will leave groups enamoured with this this charming corner of Ireland. These include;

  • Mulcahy’s Bar and Restaurant – A great fine dining option, serving locally sourced produce in welcoming surroundings. Ranked among the 100 best restaurants in Ireland, the restaurant is also fit for private hire—making it great for hens and stags.
  • 35 Restaurant – A relaxed atmosphere with exposed timber beams giving a rustic feel to the restaurant, using Kerry and Cork produce with an intimate back room which can be reserved for groups.
  • PF McCarthy’s – This pub has a homely atmosphere due to the friendly staff and locals. It is also hosts terrific live entertainment with musicians and singers from Kenmare jamming together every week. They can also accommodate groups of any size, with great drinks, food and music to make for a great night out in the town.
  • The Square Pint – Located in the main town square, the pub is a premier entertainment venue with music every night of the week. Great cocktails and Irish coffees are assured here, making it a worthy venue for groups.

So there you have, all the compelling reasons why hen and stag parties should choose Kenmare, and stay at Kenmare Bay Hotel!

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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.

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.

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



  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/




Blog by OfficeMum – Family friendly Lodges at the Kenmare Bay Hotel

Check out this great blog/review about the family friendly lodges at the Kenmare Bay Hotel – http://officemum.ie/a-place-you-have-to-go-twice-kenmare-bay-hotel/

Back when I had two-under-two, I found that going anywhere further than the local shop was a challenge. Actually, even going to the local shop was a challenge. So when the smallest was nine weeks old, and the biggest was a whopping 23 months old, we were understandably nervous setting off on our very first holiday as parents of two.

We had booked a self-catering house on the grounds of the Kenmare Bay Hotel – because the house looked gorgeous, because we’d have use of the hotel facilities, and because we knew it was only a three-minute walk from Kenmare town.

Out for dinner in Kenmare 7 years ago

Out for dinner in Kenmare 7 years ago

It ticked all the boxes – we had the luxury and comfort of a hotel, but didn’t need to worry that that our crying babies would wake guests in the room next door. It also meant we didn’t have to go down to breakfast every morning or eat out every night. And what won us over above all else was that three-minute walk to the town centre – because we wanted a glass of wine.

Give me all the coffee

Give me all the coffee

And despite the fact that the two babies cried a bit while we were there, and woke a bit at night, and left us feeling apprehensive when we accidentally sat down in restaurants that were a bit on the quiet side (you know the ones – where you belatedly realise all the other guests are adults enjoying a quiet, child-free meal) we had a truly wonderful week in Kenmare seven years ago. The house was beautifully decorated, really spacious and very, very comfortable. The town of Kenmare is gorgeous, surrounded by stunning mountain and lake views. The weather back then was hit and miss, but it didn’t matter – we had the week we’d hoped for, and much more.

back when they were babies

back when they were babies

Recently, we were chatting to the kids about trips to West Cork and Kerry when they were small. We discussed which one was best, and Kenmare Bay Hotel came out on top – it was the one place I said I’d love to go back to. When a few weeks after that I was asked by Kenmare Bay Hotel if we’d like to go down there for a couple of nights, there was no hesitation on my part – it seemed like fate.

So armed with car snacks and memories, we made our way back along the road to Kenmare – seven years after our first trip.

Kenmare - Ring of Kerry - office Mum

Beautiful views en route

We had one more child than we did back then, but he and his sisters were in unusually good form for all of the four-hour journey, and it didn’t feel like the epic trek that it did first time round.

Kenmare Bay Hotel Luxury 2 bed lodge from outside - Office Mum

Our home away from home

The first of many highlights came on arrival – watching the kids exploring the house, oohing and aahing over each room in turn. We were in a two bedroom lodge, so the three kids were in one (giant) bedroom. The girls were sharing, and the small boy was on a pull out couch. They were thrilled to find they had an ensuite bathroom, a TV in their room, and what they considered to be a walk-in wardrobe – they each insisted on getting changed inside the wardrobe for the entire stay. The bedrooms are gorgeous – really spacious, beautifully decorated, and so comfortable. I’m writing this now at home and wishing I could go back…


The living and kitchen area is huge – the small boy was unexpectedly excited to find a washing machine and a dishwasher, and on day two, spent a considerable amount of time trying to talk me into putting on a wash. The kitchen has everything you need – particularly for a longer stay – and at the other end of room, there’s an L-shaped couch that’s perfect for tired grown-ups after a long day sightseeing with kids. It was exactly like the one we had seven years ago, and I couldn’t help feeling nostalgic for those days (though not so much for the sleepless nights).

Once we’d unpacked (us: clothes, kids: My Little Ponies, books, hairbands, a plastic door from a doll’s house, a fairy door, more books, teddies, and a Pillow Pet) we set off for the short walk down to Kenmare town. Again the nostalgia hit – back then we had a double buggy, now we had three kids running through the autumn leaves ahead of us.

Kenmare walk - Office Mum

A little bigger this time around – and an extra one

Walk from Kenmare Bay Hotel to Kenmare

The walk into town is beautiful

Three minutes later (it really is three minutes) we were in the town centre, making our way slowly along the street, peering into shop windows and checking menus outside restaurants.

Kenmare is definitely a foodie town, with 46 eateries to choose from, and much like last time, we eschewed the more “proper” restaurants for somewhere we’d be less likely to worry about the kids making noise.

READ MORE http://officemum.ie/a-place-you-have-to-go-twice-kenmare-bay-hotel/

Many Thanks to Andrea and her family for visiting us at the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort



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!

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!