Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Kenmare

Must see · Historic Walking Area · Farm
Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm provides a chance to explore Irish farm life before electricity. Visit the cottage, a small yet imposing stone structure, to understand the difficulties and limitations of life lived without electricity and other amenities. Follow the traditional farm walk, which takes you past the house well—where water was drawn for drinking and food preparation—and through the garden to see where much of the household food crop was grown. The tour continues through the oat and barley fields, the farmyard, and to Molly's still where she distilled moonshine whiskey from the barley and potatoes that she grew. Also see the famine ruin, a monument to the Great Famine of the 1840s, which killed hundreds of thousands, and the Neolithic stone row, which is part of a druidic sun calendar. You can also visit the craft and gift shop and the tea room and barn restaurant. Add Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and other attractions to your Kenmare trip itinerary using our Kenmare route planning website.
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  • A fantastic place to visit, stepping in is like stepping into the old world with the furnishings and antique farming tools. Frances and her family are fantastic hosts and guides and are most...  more »
  • A very pleasant place to visit. The original house is a gem - a wonderfully preserved example of rural living in bygone days, Really excellent shopping with huge range of quality knitwear, tweeds...  more »
  • On the road from Kenmare to Glengarrif you cannot miss Molly Gallivans Cottage and Traditional Farm. Situated on the rise of a hill it would be hard to miss the very large Statue of Molly dressed in.....  more »
  • My boyfriend and I visited the farm and had a lovely cup of tea afterwards sitting outside. The shop is very quaint with lots of lovely irish gifts. The history of the place was very interesting and the owner was very welcoming. We recommend a visit. Mary and Gary.
  • Visited on 14th September with family and it very much reflects ‘old times’ by way of actual exhibits, animals and overall vibe. We had tea and scones afterwards in the old cottage and then watched the video which gives a real insight into our past. Excellent. Catherine & family
  • Cool farmhouse and story, didn't have the time to enjoy it all but seemed worthwhile. The souvenir shop is well stocked and the main means for them to make money.
  • Nice visitor centre, gift shop and Traditional Farm. Very Interesting. Worth a visit.
  • One of my favourite places! Very special. Staff are wonderful, animals are gorgeous. The history and archaeology of the place is outstanding. I will keep coming again and again, every time I come over from Cork.

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