UNIQUE SHOPS IN KERRY
There are no big, flashy advertising campaigns for any of the charming shops listed below.
These small, local, independent traders do what they do with love, authenticity and tradition at their core.
We want to help you discover the best of the best artists, artisans, designers, chefs, collectors and craftspeople in Kerry.
With so many wonderfully unique artefacts on offer around the county you don’t have to go too far to enjoy a different kind of shopping experience in the Kingdom.
Here are just a handful of our favourite hidden shopping gems.
The Gap of Dunloe, Killarney – Family run since 1964 this destination store will delight shoppers, food lovers and garden enthusiasts. Shop for top quality jewellery, homeware, knitwear and leather goods before enjoying delicious, fresh food right next door with an unforgettable view. You won’t want to leave!
Peter Cox Photography
5 Plunkett Street, Killarney – Take a look inside Cox’s light and airy gallery in the centre of Killarney town and prepare to be blown away. See a picturesque Ireland through the stunning light of Peter’s lens. Bring your walls to life by taking home a print or photo. Chose from a wide and varied collection of absolute beautiful and dramatic landscape art.
Aran Sweater Market
College Street, Killarney – Made famous by the Clancy Brothers in the 60’s, Aran knitwear is enjoying somewhat of a revival. This huge shop has so much on offer for him, for her, the children and the home. Those interested in family history and tradition with LOVE the unique clan knits.
The Coach House
The Mail Road, Dingle – A unique shop for all of life’s occasions. Owner Grainne Kavanagh curates a stylish collection of interiors, accessories, furnishings and unique Irish design that will inspire and delight you.
Fiadh Woven Design
Main Street, Dingle – The shop and workshop, all on site, is the creative baby of local textile designer and hand-weaver Fiadh (pronounced Fia). Fiadh uses traditional weaves to create beautiful contemporary designed woven garments and accessories.
Green Street, Dingle – Sean Daly, Master Craftsman, started his career with the world famous Waterford Crystal. Sean and his family keep this age old tradition alive with exquisite collections of mouth blown and hand cut crystal.
10 Main Street, Castleisland – Derry and his son Tadhg became internet superstars and national treasures after a spate of hilarious YouTube videos during lockdown. When he’s not mucking about on screen with Tadhg you can find him in his delightful shop of purties and curios.
Delia O’Donoghue Cermaics
94 Main Street, Castleisland – Delia’s collections are named after notable areas in Kerry, for example the Blasket and Ross Collections, and inspired by the outdoors. Delia uses different ashes in her glazes: wood, turf, organic oat husk making her work both sustainable and distinctive.
18 Henry Street, Kenmare – Benoit Lorge creates luxury, handmade, high end confectionary using top quality ingredients. Benoit runs chocolate courses for professionals and enthusiasts and also specialises in bespoke creations. Where do I sign?
20 Henry Street, Kenmare – Specialists in grade A Mongolian Cashmere wool, the standard of design and quality here is extremely high. Their hand combed wool is elegantly soft, light, warm and the ultimate in luxury.
Tralee Farmers Market
Princes Street, Tralee – Held every Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Traders sell the best of local and fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, cheese, organic meat, homemade jams, cakes, buns and so much more. Arrive with some room in your belly for tasting!
Michael Walsh’s Nautical Antiques
Main Street, Cahersiveen – This curious Aladdin’s Cave sells ship salvage such as anchors, compasses, original lanterns and ship wheels as well as Indian carpets and statues. Michael spends four months every year searching ship yards for pieces to stock his wonderful shop. It’s steeped in charm and is well worth a visit.
LQ Art Gallery
IRD Building, Waterville – Leo Quinlan is a local landscape and seascape artists whose spiritual home is within his art. Shop for original paint on canvas and slate or take home a stunning print to remind you of beautiful Kerry.
Skellig Gift Store & Heritage Gallery
New Line Road, Waterville – Shop an enormous range of Aran knitwear and treat yourself to the classic and uniquely Irish, Grandfather shirt. When you’re all shopped out pop over to the Heritage Trail right outside and take in some Irish history and culture.
When you’ve finished exploring the county and fancy shopping a little closer to home head over to our Killarney Shopping Guide for more tips.