Things to do in Sneem - Sneem Bridge and Mountains

Escape to Álaind Lodges B&B in Sneem

Escape to Álaind Lodges B&B in Sneem

Let’s be honest, if you want shopping malls, cinemas and mass tourism, Sneem may not be for you.  In that case you'd be better served by the main Kerry towns of Killarney and Tralee.  Sneem on the other hand offers experiences at a slow, relaxing pace allowing you to switch off and unwind.

Why Choose a Sneem Holiday?

A holiday in Sneem offers a great number of things to do, particularly if you love being active outdoors. Why the outdoors you ask?  Well, Sneem is located on the Ring of Kerry and on the Wild Atlantic Way, renowned for beautiful scenery.  Exploring these and connecting with nature is the absolute best thing to do on your holiday in Sneem.

Sneem is a colourful village in South west Kerry, blessed with exquisite scenery, wild landscapes and imposing Kerry mountains.  The name Sneem, means ‘the knot’ that ties together the Ring of Kerry. Here, the Killarney Mountain Road and the Ring of Kerry’s Kenmare and Waterville Roads all lead to Sneem.

If you’re willing to go out and explore, Sneem offers a great number of Things to do in all directions and for all tastes. So without further ado…..

Guided Walking Holidays for all Tastes

Guided Walking Holidays for all Tastes

Top Tips for Sneem Things to Do:

Go Walking in Kerry.

For walking and hiking fans, Sneem has some of the best trails and walking in Kerry.  You can book a walking guide for a day walk or a multi-day walking holiday with Álaind Walking Holidays . It's also a great source a great source for information on walking in walking in kerry .  Sneem's hinterland, part of the Kerry Geopark, is an area internationally recognised for its geology significance.

The stunning Kerry Way route lead into and out of Sneem village and my recommendation is to choose a convenient section of it for a half day’s walking.  In all probability a full leg of The Kerry Way will be too long for most, so why not organise a second car or a taxi to a convenient point along the route and walk back to Sneem.

Experienced mountain hikers can explore the Kerry Mountains.  The challenging rugged ridges of the Dunkerron Mountains are particularly exciting. They mark the boundary between Sneem and the Irish speaking (Gaeltacht) Area. 

The Macgillycuddy Reeks, including Carrauntoohil Ireland’s Highest Mountain will also provide a rewarding challenge.  I recommend doing some Kerry Mountains research first or hire a professional mountain leader to guide you to the Dunkerron Summits of Knocknagantee or the Mullaghanattin Horseshoe in Sneem or hiking Carrauntoohil.

Experienced mountain hikers can explore the challenging rugged mountain ridges of the Dunkerron Mountains, which mark the boundary between Sneem and the Irish speaking (Gaeltacht Area).

Walk Waymarked Trails from our Door

Álaind Lodges is ideal for walking breaks
Ring of Kerry Walking on Kerry Way

Unforgettable Summer Fun for All Ages Awaits at the Sneem Summer Festival!

Wednesday 17 - Sunday 21 July

Immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of Sneem at the unmissable Sneem Summer Festival! This family-friendly extravaganza promises a whirlwind of activities to keep everyone entertained, from energetic youngsters to grandparents.

Unleash your inner artist with our kids' painting sessions, or embark on a fascinating Forest School adventure. Challenge yourself with a spot of axe throwing (under supervision, of course!), unwind with a relaxing yoga session, or browse the treasures on offer at the bustling Summer Market.

As evening descends, the festival marquee comes alive with electrifying musical performances, setting the perfect tone for a truly unforgettable summer celebration.

Don't miss out on the Sneem Summer Festival! Create lasting memories with your loved ones in the heart of our charming Kerry village.

Unveiling Sneem's Soul: Immerse Yourself in Story at the Sneem Story House

Nestled within the historic Church of the Transfiguration lies a treasure trove of Sneem's rich heritage – the Sneem Story House. Step inside and embark on a captivating journey through time, where captivating photographs and historical accounts bring the essence of Sneem to life.

Unravel the town's vibrant tapestry, from its humble beginnings to its present-day charm. Explore captivating exhibits that delve into the enduring tradition of storytelling in Sneem. Immerse yourself in the wisdom and wit of Batt Burns, Sneem's legendary seanchai (storyteller), through captivating video recordings.

The Sneem Story House isn't just a museum; it's a portal to the heart of Sneem. It's where stories whisper from the walls, igniting your imagination and leaving you enthralled.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with Sneem's soul. Visit the Sneem Story House today!


Travel Back in Time with Sneem Story House: A Look at Ireland in the Mid-20th Century

Sneem, Co Kerry – Kick off your Sneem Summer Festival with a fascinating journey back in time at Sneem Story House! Renowned storytellers Dr. Joe Kearney and PJ Cunningham will present a special talk titled “When Men’s Hair Got Longer and Women’s Skirts Got Shorter,” exploring a period of great change in Ireland during the 1950s and 1960s.

This captivating event will take place on Wednesday, July 17th, at 8:00 pm at Sneem Story House (The Little Church, V93 AX84). Tickets are just €10 and are available from Una at Sneem Book Shop or online.

Organise A full Moon Nighttime Walk.

Why not consider a carefully planned nighttime Kerry walk, particularly on full moon occasions. A walk at nighttime on quiet lanes and hillside trails can be a novel and wonderful experience. Of course, you’ll need to know your route, wear appropriate warm & hi-vis clothing and provide everyone with a torch. Álaind Walking can organise a nighttime walk for you and your group.

Spend a Day or More Cycling or Driving Ring of Kerry.

As I mentioned above, you’ll be rewarded for spending as much time as possible exploring the Ring of Kerry.  To keep things simple, I suggest that you treat Killarney National Park, Muckross House Estate and Torc Waterfall as a Day Trip thing to do in itself.  Then you can focus your plans for Cycling Ring of Kerry to the South West coastal sections between Sneem and Caherciveen.  This similarly applies to Driving Ring of Kerry.

Make sure to visit Sneem’s beaches, Derrynane, Ballinskelligs, Kerry Cliffs and Valentia Island.  You can rent bicycles in Sneem.

If you would rather enjoy the best of the Ring of Kerry with a professional driver, you can book a private sightseeing experience now with Kerry Experience Tours in Sneem.

Visit the Sneem Beaches.

Thanks to its situation on the shores of the Atlantic, Sneem has a number of fabulous beaches just a short drive away.  Great for getting some fresh air, these pristine Sneem beaches will entice you to swim in their clear clean waters. The White Strand, Carroll’s Cove and Derrynane are three of the best.



Ring of Kerry Walking at Derrynane Beach

Guided Walking Holidays for all Tastes

Guided Walking Holidays for all Tastes

Enjoy a Picnic at Gleesk Pier and the Coral Beach Sneem.

Approximately 8 km from Sneem on the Ring of Kerry Road towards Caherdaniel and Waterville, you'll find the for Gleesk Pier.  Beside this pier you’ll find Coral Beach Sneem one of only two coral beaches in Ireland.  What a wonderful spot for a picnic, wild Atlantic views and magical sunsets.

Experience the ultimate rejuvenation at Sneem Seaweed Baths.

Immerse yourself in the stunning Kerry countryside along the Atlantic shores of Kenmare Bay. Whether it's a dreary day or a beautiful one, indulge in a soothing seaweed bath in picturesque wooden barrels, with breathtaking views of the South Kerry mountains and Sneem estuary.

Discover the growing popularity of seaweed for its therapeutic benefits and nutrient-rich properties, as it becomes widely recognized for its natural chemicals and vitamins. Embrace the goodness of Fucus Serratus seaweed as you luxuriate in its revitalizing embrace, leaving you feeling refreshed, healthy, and revitalized.

Book your serene seaweed experience today at

Walk Waymarked Trails from our Door

Álaind Lodges is ideal for walking breaks
Sneem Seaweed Baths

Cheer on the Sneem Gaelic Football Team.

There’s hardly a more authentic Irish or Kerry experience than to join the locals in cheering on their Gaelic football team.  Sneem has a long and successful history of success in the sport of Gaelic Football.  Home matches are played in the Sneem GAA Club on the Sportsfield Road in Sneem and announcements about upcoming games can be found on Facebook.

Explore Sneem’s Worldly Connections and History on the Village Sculpture Trail.

Within the village itself you can follow the Sneem Sculpture Trail with 14 different points of interest.  In addition to honouring the memories of a number of high profile Sneem residents, the trail showcases artistic and nature installations.

The trail includes three sculptures in memory of Cearbhall O Dálaigh, the former President of Ireland who is buried in Sneem. Scupltures also remember Sneem and Kerry Footballing Legend John Egan and Steve ‘Crusher’ Casey, world heavyweight wrestler.

Catch a falling Star in Sneem’s Dark Skies.

In 2014 The International Dark Sky Association Awarded the region west of Sneem Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve Status.  On a clear night in Sneem you will see more stars and heavenly bodies than you ever thought possible. Find a unlit spot with uninterrupted sky views and prepare to be amazed. A pair of binoculars and some warm layers will enhance the experience.

We're proud to confirm that the Kerry Dark Sky Reserve became one of four Gold Tier Reserves in The World and the only one in the Northern Hemisphere.

Kerry Dark Sky Reserve Experience near Sneem

Enjoy Moreish Sneem Restaurants & Casual Dining.

Sneem caters daily for a great number of daily tourist visitors.  In fact you can think of the village as a Ring of Kerry food hub.  With plenty choice in Sneem restaurants or casual dining outlets, the village offers something for everyone. 

Seafood, local beef & lamb and vegetarian specials are plentiful.  While you’re examining the different menus, keep an eye out too for recipes involving the internationally famous Sneem Black Pudding.

Sneem Pubs - Because Doing All These Things is Thirsty Work.

There are five Sneem pubs, namely the Murphy’s, Riney’s and D’ O’Shea’s.  All of these offer friendly and welcoming atmospheres and good choice of beverages.  What’s more, during the busier month these pubs provide most of the live music in the village.  The Sneem Newsletter provide the schedule of live music events.

Sink some Putts on the local Golf Courses.

Remember the golfing adage, drive for show and putt for dough. Sneem is a good location for golfers wanting to sink a few putts. As you can expect golf courses can vary considerably in their type, setup and price but here are some options:

  • Parknasilla Golf Club – A short fun but tight 9 hole golf course in stunning parkland with Atlantic views.

  • Ring of Kerry Golf Club - Located in Templenoe Village between Kenmare and Sneem and a good test of skill.  Buggies are recommended due to some hilly holes.  The first few holes provide truly spectacular views across Kenmare Bay.

  • Waterville Golf Links – One of the World’s famous Golf Links. Simply a fabulous links gold experience and a real test when the wind blows.

  • Kenmare Golf Club – Short parkland golf course, with some beautiful holes and tricky par 3’s in particular.

  • Killarney Golf Club – Previous holder of the Irish Open, the Club includes three excellent courses.

Escape to Álaind Lodges B&B in Sneem

Escape to Álaind Lodges B&B in Sneem

Crazy Miniature Golf on Sneem's all weather course.

For an altogether different and tricky test, try Sneem’s crazy miniature golf course. Located next to the Sneem GAA Complex on the Sportsfield Road, you can play for free if you bring your own putter and balls. Otherwise putters and balls can be rented in the Village.

Visit Skellig Michael Star Wars Island.

Approximately 12km off the South West Kerry coast lies Skellig Michael and Little Skellig Islands. If unfamilar to you, Skellig Michael is a Unesco World Heritage Site with a preserved early Christian monastic settlement. Incredulously, the monks chose to serve lives of devotion on a jagged rock perched perilously high above the Atlantic waters. 

Skellig Michael is also famed for its puffin colony and as Luke Skywalker’s Retreat in Episode 8 and 9 of the Star Wars.  Higher than cliff of Moher, it’s possible to land on the island and climb steps to the top. Word of warning, you need to be sure of foot, as there are few handrails on the island.

Neighbouring Little Skelligs island is home to circa 70,000 nesting gannets, nature’s perfected diving seabirds. Two types of boat trips are available, namely landing tours and eco tours.

The landing tours will bring you around the islands and disembark you on Skellig Michael. The Eco Tours on the other hand will only take you around the islands without landing opportunities. In order to avoid disappointment, advance booking is essential to visit Skellig Michael Star Wards Island, particularly so for the landing tour.

Skellig Michael Star Wars Island View to Little Skellig

Explore the Skellig Ring by Car or Bike.

The Skellig Ring is an offshoot and extension to The Ring of Kerry Driving Route, adding approx. 20km in length.  As well as providing wonderful views of the Skellig Island, you'll pass excellent beaches, a chocolate factory, Bolus Loop Walk and The Kerry Cliffs.

Visit the Kerry Cliffs.

The Kerry Cliffs are an absolute must see on your Sneem or Ring of Kerry holiday. Including this stop on your drive around the Skellig Ring makes for a great day. Not many realise that the Kerry Cliffs are higher than the Cliffs of Moher and in my opinion just as spectacular. Furthermore they are quieter and more conveniently reached - only 500m from the parking area.

Anyone for Tennis?

The village tennis court and practice wall is located directly behind D. O’Shea’s pub in Sneem village and accessed via the lane between Galvin’s Hardware and Burns’ Butchers.  Free to play if you bring your own rackets and balls or alternatively you can rent them locally.

Fishing in Sneem.

Sneem has all the fishing you could want:

  • Spate river fishing for trout or salmon;

  • Lake fishing for Rainbow Trout;

  • Pier fishing for mackerel and more

  • Deep sea fishing for mackerel, Pollock, skate etc. 

You can learn more about the required licenses for river and lake fishing here. The good news for sea anglers is this fishing is permitted without license. However, please note you also require a state license to fish for salmon and you should buy this online before you travel.

Take in Mass in St. Michael’s Church.

The recently refurbished St. Michael’s Catholic Church sits in the centre of Sneem village.  When you see it, you’ll understand why it’s a very popular church for weddings.  Many a photographer has taken beautiful photos of the newly married here.  If you want to take in mass during your stay you’ll find the times in the Sneem Newsletter.

Watch Sneem Rowing Club in Action.

Particularly of an evening when the tide is high, you’ll have a good chance of seeing Sneem rowing Club practicing.  The Club continues to go from strength to strength, winning all-Ireland titles at many levels.  If you’re lucky you might see Sneem Rowing Club's Seine Boat launching from the Club’s Boathouse.

The Seine boat is deeply rooted in South Kerry history and tradition.  Originally used as fishing boats, the late 1800’s saw Seine boat racing begin with intense competition among the seaside villages of The Ring of Kerry.  You might be surprised to learn that the Seine boat holds 12 oarsmen and one coxswain. What a sight, seeing them row this great wooden boat at speed in perfect unison across the bay.

Preparing for your Sneem Holiday.

Booking your B&B holiday break at Álaind Lodges will allow you explore all the best things to do in Sneem and The ring of Kerry.  We’ll happily offer advice and insider tips on things to do and see.  

If you're interested in a Kerry walking holiday, we recommend starting your research by reading up on our posts on Kerry walking trails, mountain summits, and the walking holiday packages we offer. 

You can send us a message, check out our upcoming holidays or join our mailing list to be the first to hear of special Ring of Kerry Walking holiday deals.

So, what are you waiting for? Come to Sneem, there's so many things to do.