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Picture the scene. A golden beach lapped by Atlantic waves. The mountains of rugged Kerry coast creating a natural frame round the bay. Rolling hills dotted with cotton wool balls – actually they’re the shaggy mountain lambs the region is famous for. Amid all this, a longstanding family restaurant that serves the best of local produce in a conservatory dining room overlooking these breath-taking views. 

Could it be heaven? We very much think it could. If we were to try to describe the essence of Smuggler’s Inn, we’d have to say it’s the family welcome that makes you feel right at home, and the quality and provenance of ingredients that underpin the menu. Henry says, ‘We have amazing suppliers. Some of the lads who catch my fish are guys I went to school with. I have total confidence in our produce’. 

Who knows what’s next but this guy is destined for stardom. We are very glad we found the supremely talented Henry and his divine part of the world. The Kingdom of Kerry hails a new King. A beachside location and great views make The Smuggler’s Inn Guesthouse a good spot for an overnight stay. Owned and run for years by the Hunt Family, they have maintained the traditional Irish welcome you’d expect in this part of the country.

This is a wild and beautiful place to pitch camp for a night or two. From here you can explore the coastline of this part of Kerry, or travel inland over beautiful and unspoiled mountain roads hardly used. The pretty stone fronted entrance to The Smuggler’s Inn suggests a cosy night ahead. Its extensive lawned gardens to the rear overlook the sea and beach.

A great place to watch the sun rise or set, stone garden furniture provides a perfect place to take tea or coffee or a drink before dinner if you are booked into the fine dining restaurant this house is known for. 

Rooms are comfortable and simply furnished and include doubles, twins, and family accommodation. Those at the front of the house have superb views of the sea. All have ensuite facilities, handy toiletries and fluffy towels and flat screen TV. You’ll find it easy to relax!

In the morning, the Smuggler’s Breakfast will set you up for the day. Wake up with a fresh half grapefruit. Bolster yourself with a bowl of porridge with cream, or other cereal choices. The full Irish features Sneem Black Pudding, West Cork white pudding, Sausages and bacon from a local supplier and free range eggs.

While you’re eating take in the morning views of the bay through the conservatory windows. Doesn’t matter if it’s sunny or cloudy – the coast here has spectacular beauty whatever the weather. Dinner in the restaurant at Smuggler’s Inn is not to be missed. Combine it with an overnight stay with breakfast. Our bet is you won’t want to leave! Read more about The Smugglers Inn, here is their Restaurant Review


A LA CARTE MENU Served 12-2.45 and 6.00-9.30pm Starters Celeriac & apple velouté €6.50 Baby beets St Tola goats cheese mousse air dried cherry tomatoes €11.50 brioche crisp rocket soy & sesame Saffron risotto mussels squash spinach cream & parmesan €12.50 Coriander & whiskey cured Clair Island salmon gravelax €11.95 compressed cucumber radish & chive puree hazelnut tuille micro leaf Smugglers chicken liver pate olive dressing orange cumberland €9.95 sauce & melba toast Fried Dingle Bay prawns kataifi pepper chilli jam & lemon mayo €15.95 Mains Cod herb crumb leek velouté €22.95 Monkfish chickpea chorizo & cauliflower puree €26.95 Black sole nut brown butter caper berries & lemon €7.95 per 100g Chicken breast banana shallot green puy lentil & natural juice €18.95 Duck breast honey glaze cardamom scented carrot pulp spiced juices €28.95 seasonal vegetables and potatoes served with all main courses Prime Irish Meats from the Grill 227gr/8oz Angus sirloin €25.95 Hereford fillet €30.95 Meats served with potato confit panko fried onion green pepper corn spiked juice


  • International / Irish Modern / Irish Traditional


  • Al fresco - Outdoor terrace / All major credit cards accepted / Car Parking / Private Dining

Suitable for: 

  • Weddings & Special Occasions
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