Ireland road trip (part 2) – Dublin to Kinsale!

Dublin > Kinsale with 2 stops Glendalough and Kilkenny

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After 2 nights and 3 days of heavy pub hopping, exploration and Guinness drinking we started off our journey from Dublin to discover this beautiful country!

A good part about a road trip in Ireland is that the country is very small so it makes it easier to make at least 2 pitstops along the way to your next destination. Our next destination was Kinsale. Now remember when I said I would recommend some off beat locations? Kinsale is one of them. Most itineraries online will recommend you go to Cork.

The drive from Dublin to KInsale is approximately 3 hours.First a word of caution, you are driving through one of the most beautiful countries in the world. So, you would be tempted to stop at everything beautiful. I would recommend stop once in a while and just take in the sights. Its breathtaking. It’s better to get an early start so that you reach Kinsale at a fairly decent hour.


Somewhere on route to Kinsale

We started from Dublin on the M9 route. Now the M7 & M8 are faster but we wanted to make a few pitstops along the way. Our original plan was to stop over at Kilkenny explore the town and move forward, but of course we got distracted !

Random stream along the way with Blood red water…
Monastery in Glendalough along the route to Kilkenny

Along the way, we stumbled upon the valley of the two lakes or Glendalough. Here you will find one of the country’s oldest monastic settlements founded in the 6th century.It took us approximately  an hour to explore the Monastery and its surrounding areas before we started back on route to Kilkenny.

Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle


Kilkenny Town

Kilkenny is a beautiful small town on route to Kinsale. You can park on any of the streets and explore this small town on foot. Visit the Kilkenny Castle or the abbey on the hill or just explore the slips underneath the buildings connecting the alleyways.


We arrived at Kinsale and did not regret out decision to stay here. We stayed at a B&B called the Rivermount House which offers comfortable beds and an amazing homemade Irish breakfast .

The view from our B&B the Rivermount House


Town of Kinsale


This little town had a few surprises to offer. We stumbled upon a traditional irish gig in a little Pub called Kitty O Se’s. Here, we enjoyed a night of traditional Irish singing and dancing with a 3 man band along with many pints of Guinness of course!

Kitty O Se’s
A traditional 3 man Irish band


As I mentioned earlier, the drive from Dublin to Kinsale is one of the most scenic drives through the South of Ireland as there are a lot of small winding roads with spectacular views. Something that you must plan into your Ireland road trip itinerary!

Look out for my next part series on our road trip… watch this space for more…

2 thoughts on “Ireland road trip (part 2) – Dublin to Kinsale!

  1. Hello, your pictures are lovely! I am planning a trip to Ireland for this September, where would you recommend renting a car or did you travel by bus? Thank you!


    1. Hello Sarah,

      Sorry for the late reply. It depends on the duration of your stay, but renting a car a definitely the best way to see Ireland. We rented our car from Dublin airport itself. You have a lot of options to choose from online. Just google car rentals for Ireland and you will get them.

      Hope this was helpful!



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