Kinsale and Southern Ireland Sunshine

Bob Ross used to speak of “happy accidents”.  When planning a trip to Ireland a few years back my brother suggested visiting Kinsale because a co-worker of his thought it was the best part of Ireland.  The idea of trying a new city appealed to me so we set off.  Kinsale is located in far Southern Ireland due south of Cork City.  It is nestled in a beautiful bay with the tiny village built directly on the water.  Kinsale is an idyllic Irish village full of energy, food, bars, music, and life.  I enjoyed the city so much I made sure to take my parents to the city on our recent trip.  When we arrived we joined a local Farmers market, visited some antique stores, walked to the castle, enjoyed some ice cream, and walked around the marina.  All things that are done on a perfect day in the perfect place…

Nearby Charles Fort is a lovely way to soak up the Southern Ireland sun with a view of the Old Head and Kinsale Village.  Guides are helpful in describing the history of the Fort and even Titanic history as this was its last stop before meeting the famed Iceberg.

Kinsale is a splendid place to spend several days and make day trips around the region.  The roads in and around Kinsale are not for the faint of heart but are arguably some of the most beautiful vistas and scenery in all of Ireland.  Take the southern road both East and West or head north to Cork and Blarney.  I would highly recommend visiting Drombeg Circle and even a day trip to Clonikilty.

I am grateful to my brother’s un-named friend for introducing me to a region of Ireland that has proven to be one of my favorites.  Has anyone else gotten a random tip that turned out to be a really happy accident?



Would you paint your house this color?


The harbor is so breathtaking on a clear bright day like this


The photo does not even remotely do justice to how beautiful this village is.

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45 thoughts on “Kinsale and Southern Ireland Sunshine

    • Thank you! Sadly I only wish I could capture the colors as vibrant as they really were. The sunlight and color is a spectacular thing there but I did the best I could. Thank you for stopping by and for the comment. You are very welcome anytime.

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    • I thought you might…I was thinking of you when i set it to post. Let me know if you have any questions. We didn’t stay in Kinsale this time around. but my husband and I did the time before bur we stayed a wee bit out of town. While that was nice because I love being in the country I would recommend staying in this small village just for proximity to food and pubs. You could easily use it as a base to travel around for several days. (I like it much better than Cork city to stay!) Have a great time. I look forward to hearing about your travels.


  1. Wow! The place looks really great! I’m from the Philippines and I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Ireland. It’s one of my dreams to set foot on this Emerald Isle. Thanks for this post, you made those photos come alive with your words. Keep writing, you’re bringing people closer to their dreams!

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    • Thank you for the kind comment! It warms my heart when its getting cold here in winter. I have a lot of posts on Ireland if you are interested in checking out more beautiful spots. Ireland is my favorite place to travel and I love to recommend it to anyone who likes to travel.I would go back again and again.

      Thank you so much for following me. I look forward to connecting with you in the future.

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  2. Such a beautiful place! I would not paint my house (If I had one) any of those colors, though I have seen a bright red one, and bright blue one in Upstate New York, where I grew up. I have a couple pictures of them that I’ll have to look up. They do appear in earlier posts of my photo blog, if you’d like to take a peek.

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  3. Gorgeous! And those houses certainly contradict the sneaky prejudice I find in myself now and then about Western Europeans loving bleak and somber tones. (Which is the moment when most UK-ers would remind me that the UK isn’t quite Europe, and even then, Ireland is more than just another part of the UK. But I’ll just sit and enjoy the views.)

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