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Killarney or Kenmare

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Killarney or Kenmare

My mother, brother, sister, and I (all grown) will be in Ireland in summer 2011. My brother is a "city boy". We have been to Killarney before and thought we might go again but then someone menttioned possibly staying at Kenmare instead as we have discussed touring the Beara peninsula. Is Kenmare a large town about the size of Killarney or, if not, does it have a lot of things to do there?

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Kenmare is awesome! It is a small town with lots of nice restaurants and pubs compacted in a small area. It is a perfect locale for touring the Ring of Beara.. I have stayed at the ritzy Park on our honeymoon 22 years ago and at a quaint B & B in downtown Kenmare. Virginia's Guest House is a very comfortable B & B that has a fantastic breakfast. Noreen will cook up her wonders and Neil will ensure that your touring will be maximized to the fullest extent. I have been to Ireland 5 times and visited Killarney only once and found it swimming with all kinds of Tourists. Kenmare is quieter and the locals are teeming with hospitality. This heritage vllage is what one million welcomes is all about. Go and stay in Kenmare. Killarney is not a far drive so you can get a taste of it should you desire.

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2. Re: Killarney or Kenmare

Kenmare is only 1/2 hour from Killarney but better placed for Beara and the Sheeps Head. There is as said a wide range of Accommodation, Pubs and food. If your brother gets bored give him the bus fare to Kerry airport and he can fly across to Dublin for the day.

http://www.kenmare.com/

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Thanks for the information. I will be seeing my mom this weekend and I will tell her your recommendations. I laughed about having my brother going to Dublin if bored. He doesn't seem to want to be left out of our activities but would prefer the city.

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I LOVE Kenmare: it's one of my favourite towns in Ireland.

As has already been mentioned, it's the perfect base from which to visit the beautiful Beara Peninsula:

http://www.bearatourism.com/visitorinfo.html

http://www.bearainfo.com/

my pictures:

flickr.com/photos/…

and, as I've recommended several times this year: if it's a nice sunny day, pick up some picnic goodies from "Jam" on Henry Street in Kenmare, find a sunny spot overlooking the sea on the Peninsula, and enjoy!

Kenmare has a superb range of pubs and restaurants to suit all budgets:

http://www.kenmarerestaurants.com/

http://www.kenmare.ie/restaurants.php

http://www.kenmare.ie/

Do visit Kenmare: you won't be disappointed!

:-)

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5. Re: Killarney or Kenmare

To answer your question, "Is Kenmare a large town about the size of Killarney or, if not, does it have a lot of things to do there?" Kenmare is significantly smaller than Killarney and so to answer the second part with your reference to your brother being a city boy I would have to say no too. Yes, there is lots to do in Kenmare but I would say its activities are more outdoorsy and cultural than city boy whereas Killarney has all 3 (though its 'city nightlife' is on a smaller scale than the actual cities in Ireland).

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