FUN-travel: Ireland – Dublin to Kinsale

September 21, 2011 by  

Day 5 – Saturday, September 17 –  Dublin to Kinsale – cool, windy, rainy

Pickup Hertz car 10:30 – OMG! Worse than driving on the wrong side is sitting on the wrong side!

Kilkenny Castle

  • 1st stop Kilkenny – “Ireland’s Loveliest Inland City” – cathedral & castle stand like historic bookends  higgledy-piggledy on High Street of colorful  shops and medieval facades – castle restored to Victorian splendor
  • 2nd stop Rock of Cashel – high atop hill – one of most historic & evocative sights – built 300 ad
  • Arrive Kinsale 4:30 & immediately park car! (Stay at Old Bank Inn for 190 euro for 2 nights includes breakfast)
  • Stroll through town – very cute! has laid back Sausalito feel – pub stop for a Guinness & shot of Jameson
  • FUN food find – Crackpot – mussels in white cream chowder like sauce, salad, fresh halibut w/fried potatoes and vegetables – YUMMY! We are now 5 for 5 on FUN food experiences!

FF (FUN-Facts) We purchased the Heritage Card (32 euro) in Dublin and have now seen 6 sites for free!

Rock of Cashel

Day 6 – Sunday, September 18 –  Kinsale – cool, windy

  • 1st stop Charles Fort– 45 minute walk to see Britain’s largest star-shaped fort built 1600’s


  • 2nd stop Desmond Castle – 15th century was once customs house – then converted to a prison housing the French – includes wine museum with Irish families that moved to Bordeaux to make win
  • FUN  food – Fishy Fishy highly recommended – disappointed by extremely slow service – 45 minutes and still no mussels – ticket clearly got lost in the kitchen & no one was even aware until we asked (server did give us a free bottle of wine to make up) dinner took 2 hours! Monkfish w/risotto entree just so-so

FF – Service truly does make the food taste better!