Kenmare Trip


I don’t lead a multihypenated fast-laned life. That’s fine as life in the slow lane suits me well. However when life slows to a pace that would, in comparison, make a snail’s progress look like a Usain Bolt sprint, that’s not so good.


I lived the first few months of this year at just such a hyper slow lick. The drab weather ย made, unless I had to, not venturing out too much or too far a comforting option. Especially if a log fire was blazing merrily in my recently installed wood-burning stove. But with that semi-hibernation came a sense of being in a rut and I knew I needed a jump-start to start to recharge my flat batteries.

puccini's kenmare
Such a jump start came from a trip to Kenmare. I journeyed there at the end of February to see and have lunch with my aunt who was about to celebrate a milestone birthday. Because I had commitments bookending my trip I needed to drive down one day and back the next leaving me with a mere twenty-four hours in the town.


I enjoyed seeing and catching up with my aunt and also my cousin, who was home for a visit. There wasn’t time for much else although I did manage to fit in a walk around the town and to spend a soul restoring fifteen minute at Kenmare Pier drinking in the scenery. Oh, I also sampled coffee in three different establishments! My favourite taste-wise was a take away from Puccini’s bookshop.


I thought I would find the there and back in two days’ trip tiring. I didn’t. Now while I am broad agreement with Winnie the Pooh’s advice not to: “underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you canโ€™t hear, and not bothering.” However, I think, sometimesย you simply have to Do Stuff. Because sometimes doing stuff, especially if it’s different stuff, lifts you out of ruts and routines and is re-energizing. And so it was with my trip to Kenmare.


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22 responses to “Kenmare Trip

  1. A short but lovely trip and your photo’s are gorgeous. So clear and detailed and just beautiful.

  2. Clifden is where I head to for that same experience. It has the same sense of established grace.

  3. Oh B, I can totally relate with you. As an introvert I often find that I enjoy spending time in the slow lane. Yet there always is that need to jump start things and have a little action. Your trip to Kenmare sounds just lovely. Glad you could enjoy and hope you’re feeling re-energized ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hello Heather – greetings from a fellow introvert. I am mostly happy out in the slow lane but I was glad of the jump start and I do feel re-energized after my trip. I wish you and Matt a Happy Easter. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. TheZoo

    Beautiful town. Was there for a work trip recently. Drove from Dublin and got there just in time to view the sun set. Beautiful and worth a trip back to wander around I think.


    Beautiful pictures! I love just how green it is compared to Berlin. Kenmare is on my travel destination bucket list I like to call “a celtic tour” ๐Ÿ˜‰ comprising some lovely places in Ireland, Scotland, and France. But *sigh* you need months to embark on such a journey. Silver lining: now I now they’ve got excellent coffee ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Than you. Green usually equals wet weather so although the scenery looks splendid in its forty shades of green I suspect you are luckier in Berlin when it comes to rain or rather lack of it. I hope you get to make your ‘celtic tour’ some
      day. In the meantime take care. B ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. What a lovely place! Hope you enjoyed the time spent with your aunt and cousin. I think life in the fast lane is way too overrated! If it were left up to me, I would spend all cold months in bed, under a blanket with a book! Dream on!!! ๐Ÿ˜‹

    • Thank you Francesa I enjoyed the trip and my time with my aunt and cousin. The fast lane is just not for me, I don’t think I would survive there! Tucked up in bed with a good book sounds like a good recipe for dealing with the winter weather excesses. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Bx

  7. G

    The slow lane is where I am heading – just as fast as I can! Lovely picures of Kenmare and its nice to see the main street when it is not packed with summer visitors (of which I have often been one).

    • I hope the last lap to the ‘big’ lane changeover flies by. There weren’t many people on the main street as it wasn’t a great day – raining on and off. But every time I look at that image I think how much better it would be without the cars! B xx

  8. Margaret

    Beautiful pictures – at times we forget the lovely country we have around us. Set your sights on more trips this summer, camera in hand, and the photos can then take you through next winter ….

    Wood burner – Snap ! But re your previous blog, not sure that I could live without Joe Malone or Molton Brown !!!

    Keep posting ….

    • Thank you Margaret for the comment. Yes we are lucky to have so many scenic spots on this green island. I hope you have some trips to look forward to – I know you are a great traveller. Re the previous blog – after a while I got used to life without perfume, although I am curious about some of the natural ones out there.

  9. Being, in general retired and living in the country, I guess I’m a slow lane also but do pop up to the city occasionally. Thank you for the beautiful photos and taking us on the trip with you.

  10. I’m sure I’ve been there! But I could be wrong ๐Ÿ™‚ I was only ever in Ireland once, in a campervan for 5 days, and I think this was part of our itinerary. It’s quite a while ago but this still looks familiar. Lovely place. Happy days! ๐Ÿ™‚

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