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Drive from Killarney to Kinsale and can I fit it in?

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Drive from Killarney to Kinsale and can I fit it in?

Hello--Travelling in August with husband and 2 boys (11/13) for 8 days (wish it could be longer). Primary goal is to visit Dingle as my Dad is from Slea Head. We currently are spending 2 nights Doolin, 2 nights Dingle and then 3 nights Killarney. Last minute my husband has been told we must get to Kinsale. Is it a day trip from Killarney? Or should I cancel 1 night in Killarney? But then we have to get up to Shannon area for early flight. Not sure I can even get Kinsale lodging at this point. Thanks for any insight.

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1. Re: Drive from Killarney to Kinsale and can I fit it in?

Make you last day / night close to SNN airport

consider staying in Bunratty village off the N18

only a 10 minute drive from SNN airport.

Try using the Shannonferries.com /

connecting County Clare to County Kerry

use google maps to see, plan your route

Kinsale town is very popular in summer

with sailing and foodies

It's a 2 hour drive from Killarney N22 to N27 / R600

good luck.

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2. Re: Drive from Killarney to Kinsale and can I fit it in?

We are also traveling in August with our kids (9 and 11) and have been considering the same thing. We have friends who recently returned from Ireland and said Kinsale was their favorite. Great food and beautiful town and they thought the fort nearby was really cool as well.

I know other people who have told me that Kinsale felt "the least Irish" of all the places they visited and even though beautiful they said the crowds in summer made enjoying the place difficult (I think because it's small). If we had a few more days, I would definitely do it but ultimately, I think we are going to pass on Kinsale on this trip as I am trying to minimize time in the car and long drives.

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3. Re: Drive from Killarney to Kinsale and can I fit it in?

Kinsale is one of those places you either like or don't. I think there are much nicer towns.

Do I think you should cancel one night in Killarney to spend a night in Kinsale - no. Absolutely not. Kinsale is going to be very busy in August anyhow.

Make sure you are in the Limerick-Shannon area the night before your flight.

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