Welcome to Kenmare

One of the most idyllic places in Ireland

Roughty Valley


Roughty Valley

The Roughty Valley takes us back in time to the magic of old Ireland. Enjoy a relaxing walk around Roughty on a country road lined with old stone walls and trees which create a natural tunnel – the  Beara mountains, rolling hills and fairy mounds stand majestically in the background. Stop at the Sheen waterfalls and listen to the gushing Sheen River cascading over the rocks, nearing the end of its journey on its way to the sea which can be seen in the distance.  Step off the beaten track into a wonderful variety of forest trails.

As you follow the road you can see Kenmare Bay meandering through a landscape of reeds alive with the habitat of local birds and animals. This unique landscape creates an almost African scene in Kerry as you watch the sun set through the reeds-beds which support a variety of fish including salmon, trout and eels.

The Roughty walk leads to the 18th Century Bridge that has not changed much since the day of the horse and cart. This is an old two-eyed bridge looking over the calm, still waters at the Roughty estuary. If you are lucky you might catch the salmon of knowledge leaping up river. If not a picnic or a swim in the river is also a good idea.

Continue up the road to the crossroads, once an old Irish village which was filmed in Falling for a Dancer. The crew did not have far to go to find a place to stay: From the crossroads follow the signs to Faungorth Activity Centre and Campsite, Kenmare’s ‘Hidden treasure’. Here you can have a well deserved rest in the rolling green fields of Faungorth. A great family stop where there are activities for everyone including yoga classes, pitch and putt, archery and fishing. Meet Kate during the summer months at Nom Nom Café where healthy wholesome food is served. There is a lovely selection of Guesthouses, Bed and Breakfasts and Self-catering Cottages to stay in while you enjoy the valley.