Kenmare is a small town on the Ring of Kerry and is often referred to as its Jewel. Here at South Kerry Taxi we would be delighted to help you explore all that Kenmare has to offer. Our extensive knowledge of the area, combined with our reputation for friendly, honest and professional taxi services, ensures you don't have to miss out on anything!
The entire area was granted to the English scientist, Sir William Petty by Oliver Cromwell as part payment for completing the mapping of Ireland (the Down Survey) in 1656. He laid out the modern town circa 1670. The Irish name of Kenmare is An Neidin which translates to "The Little Nest". As legends say it was a village of outlaws and pirates. They found good shelter there. In the 15th-16th century there were no roads in this area which meant difficult access for British troops. Kenmare Bay is pretty shallow so the British navy was not able to surprise anyone.
Perhaps Grainne O'Malley (Grace O'Malley) - a famous Irish pirate - was a frequent visitor to Kenmare. Her activities date back to the second half of the 16th century, before Sir William Petty laid out his town.
Kenmare now is very cosy and friendly town. If offers nice little restaurants, luxury hotels (Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare Bay Hotel, Kenmare Park Hotel), Bed & Breakfasts, gift shops etc. The Carnegie Arts Centre features art exhibitions, drama plays and other cultural activities. Kenmare is home to two fantastic golf courses and lots of trails surrounding the neighbouring mountain ranges are just waiting to be hiked.
Close to town center we can find the 2,500-year-old Druid's Circle, and a very odd construction: Cromwell's Bridge. What was this bridge built for? Visit Kenmare, and maybe you can find the answer.