Would you stay in Kinsale or Cashel?

Which would be your choice and why? And it looks like a pretty short/easy drive between them--is that true? Thanks!

Posted by Gail
Nashville, TN
90 posts

I definitely recommend seeing the Rock of Cashel and the adjacent ruins of Hore Abbey but would stay in Kinsale. Kinsale seems considerably larger with more to do. It's also known as the "Gourmet Capital of Ireland". The restaurants are great! My favorite was Jola's. I didn't drive directly between the two, so I can't comment on on that.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
8735 posts

I would agree - definitely see the Rock of Cashel, but stay in Kinsale. I haven't driven directly between them, but Cashel is a tiny town in the middle of the plain. Kinsale is a cute little coastal town.

Posted by Judy
Grass Valley, California
499 posts

We just stayed in Cashel in May. We had one night to spare. Stayed at Joys Rock House which was right next door to the Rock. Had a fabulous dinner at Chez Han (right across the street from Joys). Joys was a little formal but she was a really lovely lady and her B&B was impecable. It was a good stop if you are limited in time.

Posted by Marie
Wilmington, DE, USA
698 posts

We ate at Chez Hans too. It is a very unique place to eat at in Cashel and an excellent change from pub food. It looks like an old church that has been converted into a restaurant. If you decide to eat there, be sure to get a reservation. We did not and had a bit of a wait. We did not get to Kinsale on our trip, since we were heading north after Cashel, so can't say anything about that town. From Cashel we toured to Cahir and some of the surrounding area there.

Posted by linda
barrington, illinois, usa
33 posts

Hi Sherry - We were in Kinsale in October and loved it.
Great food, great music, fun walk around the town.
Many charming places to stay. We then drove to Cashel
on our way to Dublin. I don't remember it being a
long drive.

Posted by Kathy
55 posts

I vote for Kinsale-stayed at Habour View Farm-Siobhan and Nigel were great host and hostesses.Neat little town.

Posted by Tyson
Pinole, CA, USA
316 posts

I've stayed a couple of nights in Kinsale over the years.

Always good craic there and it's a very beautiful spot. Love the White House Inn

Posted by Tanis
Saskatoon, Canada
45 posts

I would also agree with the other poster's on visiting the Rock of Cashel, but staying in Kinsale. Kinsale is absolutely gorgeous and there is a lot more options there for restaurants/pubs/cafe's, etc.

Posted by Tyson
Pinole, CA, USA
316 posts

The drive is about an 1-1.5 hours from Cashel to Kinsale and the majority of it is on the M-8.

The drive from Cork to Kinsale is lovely

Posted by Meg
29 posts

My vote is for Kinsale as well. We had some of the best fish and lamb in Kinsale last year - I believe RS says it is the gourmet capitol of Ireland or something like that. We stayed at Rivermount House which was not IN town, but about 1-2 miles from town. It was a small, cute house, but the landscape around the house was stunning. Agree with other posts though - do NOT miss the Rock of Cashel.