Sneem, meaning "a knot" in Irish, hence "The Knot in the Ring of Kerry" is a charming and peaceful village located between Kenmare and Waterville. The village offers some shops, pubs, 3 restaurants and craft shops and is home to several artists. A picnic and barbeque area is available towards the pier, on the banks of the river Sneem, laid out with benches and tables. Sneem has two village greens, the north and the south square both with a selection of shubs, bushes, small trees and flowers. A sculpure celebrating Steve 'Crusher' Casey heavyweight wrestling champion of the world is located on the south green while on the north, buried under a plinth, until the year 2100, is a time capsule. Beach lovers will find the Ring of Kerry is blessed with some of the Europe's finest beaches, these include White Strand(small and quiet), Castle Cove, O'Carroll's Cove(white sand, turquoise seas and its own restaurant), the beautiful Derrynane beach, Waterville(best behind Waterville golf course), Kells(by a small harbour) and the longest beach, Rossbeigh(3kms of sand dunes). Worth a visit is the beach behind Dooks Golf Club(turn left just before the entrance to the course, parking can be a problem).
To experience the real Ireland, staying in a Bed and Breakfast property is the way to go. Become part of an Irish family for a short while and feel the warmth. Your hosts will be friendly and welcoming, invite questions, offer advice on places to visit, the best beaches, pubs, restaurants, shops, galleries and will often book excurions for you. To start your day enjoy a delicious Irish breakfast with, perhaps, homemade bread. Or select a lighter option, maybe porridge, continental, pancakes or that dependable standby, a selection of cereals and yoghurts.
Don't like to be tied down, restricted with the need to return to your accommodation for dinner, can't lie in because breakfast ends at 09:30, time to be independent with the freedom of a Self-catering Holiday Home. Sneem and the Ring of Kerry offer a good selection of Holiday rentals to match most requirements. Properties sleeping from 2 to 17 people with sea and/or mountain views. Some in villages or towns, on farms, by the sea, on the cliffs. Many with wood burners, modern bathrooms(some en suite), fully fitted kitchens, cosy sitting rooms, comfortable beds. In the evenings sit, relax, and watch the sun sink into the Atlantic ocean with a glass of wine to hand and a barbequed meal. There is nothing guaranteed more to restore the soul, than a holiday home on the Ring of Kerry.