A must have visit if you are staying in Kenmare is to take off and explore the Ring of Beara. Grab a map, get in the car (or bike, if you are feeling brave) and make a day of it. The scenery is amazing and there are plenty of little towns en route to pick up a coffee, an ice cream or a piece of cake.
Joules have been in Kenmare for one year. We opened in May 2016 and it has been a whirlwind of colour, excitement and fun.
The best place to rest your head is the Brook Lane Hotel. Una, the owner of the hotel, will make you feel right at home. It is a boutique hotel and the rooms are stunning. It’s only a five minute walk from the town and the food is also amazing.
If you’d like somewhere special, head to Mulcahys or Packies. The trickiest thing about all this is trying to decide which one to pick, and then hoping they aren’t fully booked.
The best place for a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake is Jam. They have the most delicious cakes; everything from scones to Toblerone cheesecake so there is something to suit everyone’s taste. They offer gluten free options and light lunches too.
The best place to keep little ones entertained is very weather dependent.
If it’s sunny then a trip to the beach is a must. O’Carroll’s Cove Beach Bar and Restaurant is a 40 minute drive from Kenmare and is Ireland’s only beach bar. You can swim and build sandcastles and then head into the restaurant for lunch. They serve ice creams, slushies and have a great kids menu. If you prefer the peace and quiet, keep driving another 10 minutes and you’ll be at Derrynane Beach. By far, one of the nicest beaches in Ireland. If it’s wet, head up to Art and Mor in the local shopping centre to do some painting, pottery and other arts and crafts.
Wherever your travels take you this summer, from all the Team at Joules of Kenmare, have a happy, healthy and (hopefully) sunny summer.