About two hours south of Kilkenny lies a small coastal town of Kinsale. Overlooking the River Bandon, you can get to this town by from Kilkenny to Cork, then Cork to Kinsale. And when I say Kinsale is small, I pretty much saved my Irish phone data because I didn’t bother with Google Maps.
Like Kilkenny, there are two main streets full of restaurants and pubs overlooking the marina. This means fresh fish and chips; I went to Dinos Family Restaurant. The portion was huge that I had leftovers for dinner! The view is also nice.
On the other side of the above pictured are more stores, housing, and hostels. I stayed at the Dempseys Hostel, which sits on higher ground so even though it was not far from the main areas, it was quite a trek.
My day in Kinsale ended up being a rest day. I wanted to visit Charles Fort, but for some reason, there were not very many cabs registered with MyTaxi (side note: it’s like the Uber of Ireland, but they’re actually registered taxis, and I highly suggest getting an Ireland phone number in order to maximize the use of this app). I tried and tried to hail a cab through the app, and finally accepted defeat and just walked around to see what was open and just ate some tea and pastries.
Well unfortunately, this thing picture above was closed, so I just took pictures of it. It’s the Desmond Castle and Wine Museum; it did not open until later in the year.
It’s safe to say my time in Kinsale was uneventful, but was definitely not a waste of time. It’s a cute town, which I keep describing all these small towns I visit. The temperature during the day time here was a beautiful 65 degrees Fahrenheit, cooling down in the night time.
For the next post, we will head west to Killarney, part of the Ring of Kerry. It was there where I realized that I should have started my trip to the west right away instead of Dublin. This is my plan for the next time I visit. 😉