Kenmare is considered one of the principal towns in the Iveragh Peninsula of southwest Ireland, and is a popular home base for travelers wishing to explore the Ring of Kerry which traverses the peninsula. Originally settled during the Bronze Age, Kenmare is home to a 4,000-year-old stone circle which is the largest of its kind in southwestern Ireland. Once you`ve seen the sights of Kenmare, largely situated in and around The Square, you can head west and explore the sights of the Ring of Kerry, including taking a ferry ride to Great Skellig Island and southwestern Ireland`s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, Skellig Michael.
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Ireland is thought to have been inhabited from around 6000BC by people of a mid-Stone Age culture, about 4,000 years later, tribes from Southern Europe arrived and established a high Neolithic culture. Places to see include: Jerpoint Abbey, Hill of Tara, Newgrange, Rock of Cashel and much more!
Ireland is the perfect country for driving. There are lots of charming towns along the way, each worth a stop and a visit in which ever route you choose to explore.
The Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula) is a part of the mystical & unspoiled region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question. It provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland and a landscape carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago.
Ireland`s countryside is dotted with castles that range from romantic castles and towers that are in ruins to stately Chieftain Castles and Irish Castle Hotels. They are all filled with character and history. Many of these castles are medieval, dating from the 11th to the 15th century.
Ireland has some of the most beautiful public and private gardens in the world. There are formal gardens, Victorian gardens, Japanese gardens, and decorative vegetable gardens. We recommend that you take time to `stop and smell the roses` during your journey. Ask locally about gardens, which may be visited in the area. Remember - all of Ireland is a garden.
From uncanny lunar landscapes and the powerful Atlantic to labyrinthine caves and crystal clear waterways. Ireland enjoys over 714 miles of spectacular coastline, surrounded by the mighty Atlantic on the west and the Irish Sea on the east. As well as towering cliffs, clear fresh waters, pristine sandy beaches.
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