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Introducing Sneem

Halfway between Caherdaniel and Kenmare, Sneem (An tSnaidhm) is a good place to pause, especially if you're travelling anticlockwise, as for the remaining 27km to Kenmare the N70 drifts away from the water and coasts along under a canopy of trees.

The village's Gaeilge name translates as 'the knot', which is thought to refer to the River Sneem that swirls, knot-like, into nearby Kenmare Bay. Sneem is nicknamed 'the knot in the Ring of Kerry'. Other local puns include one about Charles de Gaulle, who holidayed here when Paris was burning in 1968. The statue commemorating this is called 'Le Gallstone'.

Take a gander at the town's two cute squares, then pop into the Blue Bull, a perfect little old stone pub where you can probably learn more local puns.

The area is home to one of the finest castle hotels in the country, Parknasilla Resort & Spa, which has been wowing guests (including one George Bernard Shaw) since 1895 with its 500 acres of pristine resort on the edge of the village of Sneem with the broad expanse of the Kenmare River separating it from the Beara Peninsula to the south (oh, the views!). From the modern, luxuriously appointed bedrooms to the top-grade spa (which includes a lap pool) and the elegant restaurant, everything here is done just right.