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7 Tips for Living in Kenmare

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Kenmare or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Kenmare or thinking about moving there.

Kenmare, is a charming town nestled in the heart of County Kerry. Known for its vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and friendly locals, it's a popular destination for expats and digital nomads. If you're considering making Kenmare your new home, here are seven key tips to help you settle in and make the most of your time in this beautiful Irish town.

1. Embrace the Local Culture

One of the best ways to feel at home in Kenmare is to immerse yourself in the local culture. Attend traditional Irish music sessions at local pubs, participate in local festivals like the Kenmare Lace Festival, and don't miss the weekly farmer's market where you can sample local produce and artisanal goods. The locals are friendly and welcoming, so don't hesitate to strike up a conversation and learn more about their traditions and way of life.

2. Explore the Great Outdoors

Kenmare is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The town is located on the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara, two of Ireland's most scenic driving routes. Take advantage of the numerous hiking and biking trails in the area, or try your hand at fishing in the Kenmare River. Don't forget to visit the stunning Killarney National Park, just a short drive away, for breathtaking views of mountains, lakes, and waterfalls.

3. Enjoy the Local Cuisine

Kenmare is known for its fantastic food scene. From traditional Irish fare to international cuisine, there's something for every palate. Be sure to visit The Lime Tree, a renowned restaurant housed in a beautiful Victorian building, for their locally sourced dishes. For a more casual dining experience, try Mick and Jimmy's for their hearty breakfasts and delicious homemade pies. And don't forget to stop by Maison Gourmet for their exquisite pastries and coffee.

4. Get to Know the Neighborhoods

Kenmare is a small town, but it has distinct neighborhoods each with its own charm. The town center, with its colorful buildings and cobblestone streets, is full of shops, restaurants, and pubs. The outskirts of the town offer more tranquility and are perfect for those who prefer a quieter lifestyle. Spend some time exploring the different areas of Kenmare to find the one that suits you best.

5. Learn the Local Lingo

While English is widely spoken in Kenmare, you'll also hear locals speaking Irish. Learning a few basic phrases in Irish can go a long way in making connections with the locals. Plus, it's a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Don't worry if you're not fluent; the locals will appreciate your efforts to learn their language.

6. Make Use of Local Amenities

Kenmare has a range of amenities that can make your life easier. There are several grocery stores in town, including a SuperValu and a Lidl, where you can find all your daily necessities. The town also has a library, a post office, and several banks. For healthcare needs, there's the Kenmare Family Practice and the Kenmare Primary Care Centre. Familiarize yourself with these amenities to make your daily life in Kenmare more comfortable.

7. Get Involved in the Community

Getting involved in the local community is a great way to feel more at home in Kenmare. There are numerous clubs and organizations in town that cater to a wide range of interests. Whether you're into sports, arts, or social causes, you're sure to find a group that aligns with your interests. Volunteering is also a great way to meet locals and contribute to the community. Do some research to find opportunities that suit you.

Living in Kenmare, Ireland, as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding experience. By embracing the local culture, exploring the great outdoors, enjoying the local cuisine, getting to know the neighborhoods, learning the local lingo, making use of local amenities, and getting involved in the community, you can make the most of your time in this charming Irish town.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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