Kinsale & Day Trips

A Day in Dublin: Our Top Five Sights in the City

While Kinsale is on the southern coast of Ireland, an easy train trip can take you into Dublin for a day of sightseeing or shopping, then an easy return trip back to Cork and the short drive back to Kinsale will complete your day. Alternately, Dublin may be the place from where you enter or exit the country. If coming up from Cork and wanting to stay late into the evening, we recommend an overnight at the Ashling hotel which is right by the train station. We find it useful to come in by train, drop off our overnight gear at the hotel as we check in, then set off to enjoy ourselves, eating and drinking for as long as we would wish, to take the train back the next morning.

A Day in Dublin: Shopping as Seen Through American Eyes

While Kinsale is on the southern coast of Ireland, a train trip can take you into Dublin for a day of sightseeing or shopping, then an easy return trip back to Cork and the short drive back to Kinsale will complete your day. Alternately, Dublin may be the place from where you enter or exit the country and then we would recommend a day of sightseeing (covered in another article) with shopping intersperse. If coming up from Cork and wanting to stay late into the evening, we recommend an overnight at the Ashling hotel which is right by the train station. We find it useful to come in by train, drop off our overnight gear at the hotel as we check in, then off enjoy ourselves, eating and drinking for as long as we would wish, to take the train back the next morning.

Come to Kinsale Off-Season

Why would anyone want to travel in Ireland off-season? It's rainy cold and wet, Right? As is true in much of the northern hemisphere travel from October to April can take you into sporadically colder weather, however for the seasoned traveler who appreciates being able to really see and understand a country there is nothing to compare to traveling off-season. The tourist rakes in the benefits: less cost on accommodation and food, one-on-one help in shops and restaurants, and people having time to chat and share about their lives. From October to May you'll get a good sense of what it's like to live in the place you are visiting and Kinsale is no different. To travel here off-season is to reap the benefits of our charming medieval town, with its picturesque Marina and wide estuary, while experiencing none of the hassle that most tourists have to put up with.

Must See Places in Ireland: A Day Trip Out of Kinsale to Timoleague Ruins

Ireland is our adopted home, and as many expats before us, we have come to love its history interwoven with the sheer beauty of the land as much, if not more, than those who were lucky enough to be born here. We reinvented our lives more than five years ago now, and we still delight in the short day trip out of Kinsale where we love to visit other historic views of Ireland. This article is one of a series on “must see places in Ireland” and is written for those staying in our short term let in Kinsale, or others considering accommodations in Kinsale or places to stay in Kinsale. We hope you enjoy several stops on your way to Timoleague including: the Shop, the Mary statue that moved, and the memorial to those lost in the Lusitania.

Must See Places in Ireland: Bantry Bay

We reinvented life over five years ago now when we moved to Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland. We have always enjoyed day trips out of Kinsale, to see the historic views of Ireland. Among our favorite places to go in Ireland is Bantry. Becoming one of the must see places in Ireland which offers a lovely day out while traveling in Ireland.

The Route

We like to recommend a circular route on our day trips out of Kinsale – allowing the traveler to see two different parts of the country as you travel.