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Gleninchaquin Grin  Kerry  Ireland

Gleninchaquin Grin

You'll have never seen a place more green. Hundreds of shades of it, with waterfalls and babbling brooks. Gleninchaquin is something out of a dream—yet it's the beautiful reality in Southwest Ireland.

This family-owned park, overseen by Donal and Peggy Corkery, is a long, narrow coombe valley on the northwest side of the Beara Peninsula, just outside of Kenmare.

Entrance fees are five euros for adults, three for students, and free for young children. There's hiking, sheep shearing, fishing, and outdoor educational opportunities.

I'd encourage you to think about spending a full day out at the park, tackling the trail called "The Boundaries Hike." It's a six- to seven-hour round-trip hike and is for experienced hikers (since there's scrambling involved and not many trail markers). The route will follow the boundaries of Gleninchaquin Park, which are defined by the high ridges of the Caher Mountain Range.

Upon your return to Kenmare, be sure to grab a few pints at Crowley's before your dinner. Stay at the Brook Lane or the Kenmare Park Hotel.