Kinsale is a colorful port and fishing town in County Cork, Ireland. There is plenty to do in this leisurely town with a population of less than 6,000, which makes it a perfect slow travel destination. They have a lovely market, with the freshest produce for all your healthy cooking…right?
There are lots of pubs and places to hangout, where you can meet the locals and listen to Trad Music (traditional folk music for those of you unhip types). And it’s perfectly situated for lots of wonderful day trips. We spent a week in KINSALE and loved it!
In fact, I would say KINSALE has been our favorite slow travel destination so far. Here’s a few ideas for what to do:
1. Explore, Explore, Explore
You need to start off your stay exploring the colorful town on your own. It’s rainbow of vibrant buildings will take you 2 days alone. There is a splash of color everywhere you turn. I just couldn’t get enough of all the color, I think I took 500 pictures.
2. Take The Walking Tour
Go the the tourist office and sign up for Don & Barry’s Historic Stroll. It was selected by Rick Steves as ‘Kinsale’s single best attraction’. Duration is approximately 1 hour rain or shine! It’s a great introduction to Kinsale and all it’s history. Be prepared, Barry knows everyone and they know him, so there’s lots of chatting with locals along the way.
3. Take The Self-Guided Historic Town Walks
While you are at the tourist office grab a map. There are 5 historic walking trails. The map is easy to follow with lots of stops and things to see along the way, including a few churches, museum, Charles Fort and some fabulous views. Don’t forget to stop in Bulman’s Pub for a pint and some good food.
4. Cruise Around The Harbor
There is a short cruise you can take around the harbor. TIP: Make sure you use the bathroom before you go as there are none nearby and none on the boat.
5. Listen To Some Traditional Irish Music
Dalton’s Bar is the place to be for Trad Music in Kinsale. It’s a warm and welcoming place to enjoy music and company. You will find locals, tourists, strangers and until 9pm even children. We looked forward to walking over every night for a pint and a glass of wine.
6. Day Trips
There are so many great day trips from Kinsale. Here’s just a few. All will take you through some great little villages, where you can stop, have lunch and stroll around.
Kinsale is the perfect slow travel destination in the Irish Republic. There are lots of amenities including places to stay like airbnb’s, B & B’s and hotels. The local supermarket is large and stocked with everything you need to cook including some great fresh produce and breads. If you don’t feel like cooking or just want to hang with the locals, there are plenty of nice restaurants.
We plan to go back again for St. Patrick’s Day in 2019, we hope to see you there!