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Kinsale Overnight or continue on to Kenmare?

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Kinsale Overnight or continue on to Kenmare?

My husband and I are visiting Ireland for 15 days this summer in late June. Right now, our itinerary includes a night's stay in Kinsale, but I'm wondering if it's better to visit Kinsale by day and continue on to Kenmare or another town in the Kerry/Killarney NP area. We enjoy good food, but are not looking for fancy dinners out. Mostly, we'll be living out of a backpack, so nice clothes will not be taken on this trip. We will have a car for travelling in and out of town. We really dislike the party scene and would be annoyed with loud, overpriced, crowded tourist areas. I have heard that Kinsale is very cute, but is it worth spending the night? Please advise. Thank you!!

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1. Re: Kinsale Overnight or continue on to Kenmare?

Kinsale is on my personal nice to visit but wouldn't overnight list. But then I treat all the mainly tourist driven locations equally.

For the Cork area I prefer Cobh or Blarney but it's not my trip and I'm only looking at one piece of the puzzle.

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2. Re: Kinsale Overnight or continue on to Kenmare?

Kinsale is definitely worth an overnight. You'll enjoy it and will be treated with hospitality regardless of what clothes you're wearing. It won't be noisy and overcrowded. You'll love it. It's really special!

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3. Re: Kinsale Overnight or continue on to Kenmare?

The main reason to stay in Kinsale is the restaurants, so if you're not into fancy dinners, it may not be worthwhile.

Perhaps travel some of the way to Kenmare and stop in Baltimore, Schull or Durrus.

It could mean you get a chance to see some of Mizen or Sheep's Head the next day.

Edited: 15 February 2016, 08:41
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4. Re: Kinsale Overnight or continue on to Kenmare?

There's a lot more to Kinsale than fancy dinners. The town has beautiful scenery, walks, buildings and is steeped in history. There's also great pub grub and affordable cafes and restaurants. Just have a look at the Things To Do section to get an idea of what's on offer.

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5. Re: Kinsale Overnight or continue on to Kenmare?

I enjoy Kinsale and this one won't break the bank.

www.jimedwardskinsale.com/

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