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Stay in Kenmare without a car

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Stay in Kenmare without a car

Can my wife and I stay in Kenmare for a week, enjoy all the sights in the surrounding area, make good use of our time and opportunity, all without renting a car or driving ourselves around? We're reasonably good walkers.

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1. Re: Stay in Kenmare without a car

You will need a car.

In Kenmare you are close to some of the most fabulous scenery - The Beara Peninsula, The N71 between Kenmare and Killarney, Glengarriff (and Garnish Island), Gougane Barra, The Ring of Kerry and other incredible places. BUT you WILL need a car to see these places. Unfortunately.

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2. Re: Stay in Kenmare without a car

You could stay in Killarney for the week, loads of places within walking distance, Boat trips, jaunting cars etc. and it is a hub for coach trips, which Kenmare isn't.

So, IMO, its either stay in Kenmare and rent a car, or stay in Killarney if you really don't want to drive.

Edited: 29 August 2015, 00:21
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3. Re: Stay in Kenmare without a car

Kenmare is a lovely little town, with plenty of great places to see within 1-2 hours drive , but to be honest I think you need a car. If you really don't want to drive it would be better to base in Killarney. Fuchsias and Beans advice is spot on.

Edited: 29 August 2015, 04:49
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Depends on what you want to see and do? We stayed 4 nights in Kenmare last summer without a car. We took a Ring of Kerry Tour with Kenmare Coach & Cab. He also offers tours to Beara and to Glengariff & Garinish Island, and his web site states that 'other tours can be arranged on request'. So it is possible to spend time in Kenmare and venture out a little without a car by doing tours, but if you want to "enjoy all the sights in the surrounding area", and I assume that includes all that Killarney offers, then you probably need to heed the above advice and either hire a car or stay in Killarney, which has very good options for getting around without a car, both in Killarney and to surrounding areas by tours. After our stay in Kenmare, we spent two nights in Killarney and wished we had allowed more time there. Enjoy your trip!

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5. Re: Stay in Kenmare without a car

There is little or no public transport in this area.

You need a car.

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6. Re: Stay in Kenmare without a car

Its unfair to say "There is little or no public transport in this area",that statement is not true.There are three public bus services from Kenmare to Killarney Monday to Friday and one Saturday,Sunday and public holidays.


There are more services during the summer months.

Edited: 07 November 2015, 15:22
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7. Re: Stay in Kenmare without a car

Local Transport operators kerrytransport.ie/uploads/…20Operators.pdf

Walking and Cycling are options for getting about but it depends what you want to do with your time there?

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8. Re: Stay in Kenmare without a car

We have also stayed inKenmare without a car and enjoyed the immediate area. Kenmare. Is a lovely town and area for walking.

We took the cruise on the bay and really enjoyed it. http://www.seafariireland.com/

Lovely picturesque town with great shops, stone circle just outside the town and lovely people. After 3 nights we moved on to Killarney to enjoy Killarney National park and have access to tours available there.

We were glad we didn't miss Kenmare or Killarney

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9. Re: Stay in Kenmare without a car

To neidin. A bus service to one destination 3 times a day is exactly little/no public service.

A public transport system would go to sneem. Bonane, blackwater, etc.

It is entirely accurate to say that there is little/no public transport system.

I love Kenmare. But it's not accurate to say it has a public transport system. And misleading to tell people they can get by without a car here.

Edited: 08 November 2015, 05:18
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