Kinsale, a charming coastal town in southern Ireland with relaxed vibes.
After a night in Kilkenny, we continued south, stopping in Cashel, Blarney, Cobh and finally Kinsale for the evening. We stayed at the Valley View B&B, which was okay. By comparison to some of other B&Bs, it fell short in a few regards (small rooms, no breakfast time flexibility, and a small window and small fan meant a very warm room). However, the owner was very nice and the view from our window of the surrounding countryside was stunning. We took a taxi into town for the evening, and had no problem getting one back to our B&B at the end of the night.
Kinsale is cute, colourful with a scenic harbour that seems endless. Narrow streets wind throughout the town, there are so many shops and restaurants to explore.
Its harbour is guarded from the sea by a pair of forts that were once the scene of a battle for the Irish army.
We only ate dinner in Kinsale, but dubbed it the best meal we had in Ireland, which supports the town’s foodie reputation. A friend had recommended eating at Fishy Fishy to me before our trip, and after looking at the menu when we got to town, everyone agreed it looked delicious. We all ordered fresh fish, such a great decision for a seaside town.
Post dinner, we walked around until we found a pub with lively music. Dalton’s Pub was one of my favourite nights out in Ireland- traditional music with solos from locals.
No matter how much time you have in Kinsale, it’s hard not to love this gem of an Irish town.