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Killarney or Kenmare as a base?

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Killarney or Kenmare as a base?

We will be traveling to the area in July. Which of these two towns, Killarney or Kenmare, would be the better base for exploring the area including the Ring of Kerry, Muckross, the Gap of Dunloe, etc. Are two nights sufficient? Would love some opinions on the 'jaunting cars' experience - cost vs. enjoyment.


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1. Re: Killarney or Kenmare as a base?

If its the Ring of Kerry, Muckross and the Gap then Killarney is a better base.

However Killarney will be very busy in July and while Kenmare will also be very busy it won't be as crowded.

Regarding the horses, I'm sorry I can't help.

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2. Re: Killarney or Kenmare as a base?

We walked the length of the Gap of Dunloe (and back) and saw some bicyclists too. If you enjoy such activities (and have the time), you might prefer either to riding in a horse cart. (The cost for walking was nil and the enjoyment was great.)

We stayed in Kenmare--a lovely little town.

Edited: 16 March 2013, 18:02
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3. Re: Killarney or Kenmare as a base?

Killarney is a small city. Much like a Colorado mountain city like the Springs, Aspen. Lots to do, pubs, restaurants, sites to see. Kenmare is a very nice, but a smaller, quiet and quaint town with more of a country feel.

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4. Re: Killarney or Kenmare as a base?

I like Kenmare. But for you're purpose, Killarney would be best.

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