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The Area

Shaminir is located on the beautiful Beara Peninsula only three miles from the town of Kenmare. This picturesque town offers all of the attractions of a lively traditional Irish town.  

The Town of Kenmare

kenmareThe town of Kenmare has a winter population of just over 2000 and is situated in the Southwest corner of the Republic of Ireland. Located south of Killarney and on the Ring of Kerry. The Irish name of the town, Neidin, means little cradle or little nest. Kenmare is positioned at the base of the Kenmare Bay, nestled between the Iveragh and Beara Peninsulas. The town has a long history and it enjoys a reputation for its excellent restaurants with the finest seafood from local waters. Kenmare was also named "Ireland's Tidiest Town" in the National Tidy Towns 2000 Competition.            


Irish music, ballads and 'craics' are played most nights in many of the numerous bars and restaurants scattered throughout the town - perfect for enjoying a fun night out followed by a relaxing meal.    


 The Beara Peninsula

bearaTouring the Beara Peninsula there are blue waters far below on one side and the majestic 'wall' of the incredibly folded Caha Mountains on the other. The further you go the more dramatic the sea views and the more torturous the mountains.

Further on the peninsula is cut in half by taking the spectacular Healy Pass. A twisting, alpine style road with drops on one side snakes up the awesome 'wall' of the Caha Mountains, finally popping through the pass at the top to reveal County Kerry and the picturesque Glanmore Lough far below (not for the faint hearted). Alternatively, straight on will take you to Castletownbere (Baile Chaisleain Bhearra), an important fishing port with the Slieve Miskish Mountains providing a dramatic backdrop.

The northern side of the Beara takes you through an attractive scenery, more tranquil than the wilder south, through the small village of Lauragh (An Laitreach), (where you would arrive if taking the breath-taking Healy Pass short cut), past Shaminir and on to Kenmare.                                            

The Ring of Kerry

On the opposite side of Kenmare Bay to the Beara Peninsula is the Ring of Kerry - Ireland's most popular scenic drive. This is a 110 mile circuit extending around the Iveragh Peninsula, a long finger of land jutting into the Atlantic Ocean west of Killarney. The route takes in Ireland's tallest mountains, stunning coastal panoramas, rocky seascapes, working bog lands, remote country villages, and offshore islands.

The Ring of Kerry drive is best taken in a counterclockwise direction, starting out from Kenmare through to Killarney and heading toward Killorglin and then simply following the "Ring of Kerry" signposts.

Even though it is only a little over 100 miles, the drive usually takes the better part of a day because roads are curvy and hug the coastline, and there are so many interesting places to stop and explore or photograph. Most people average 20 miles or less per hour. As well as a host of inviting little towns, there are also a number of heritage centres and museums along the way offering indoor exhibits, rest rooms and refreshments.                                                                   

The Kingdom of (County) Kerry

The shifting balance of light, water, mountain and bog makes up the varied, and varying, personality of Kerry and this in turn much influences the personalities of its people - except that the county, as we know it now, is much more a creature of moods. There is not much climate in Kerry - temperatures normally range between 7 degrees Celsius (45F) in winter to 25 degrees Celsius (77F) in summer; but there is a great deal of weather, from clear sunny skies to winds from the Atlantic and much rain. It is precisely the inconstancy of this weather- often half day by half day - that leads to the interplay of light, water, wind and mountains that is the fascination of Kerry, as when a dull sea mist suddenly disperses to reveal brilliant , breath catching colours. The main element in the beauty of the Kerry is water - the sea that largely surrounds the county, the lakes, the intermittent rain, the white streams bursting down the mountainsides.