Kinvara

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Kinvara featuring boating, a river or creek and sailing
Enjoy a jolly feast in the medieval castle and hear fascinating tales in the abbey of this quaint fishing village known for its Irish music.

Kinvara is a serene fishing village with rocky outcrops and rugged beaches. Its highlight medieval castle offers stunning views of Galway Bay and rural Ireland’s green meadows. Walk along the coast and visit the quaint pubs and old buildings that give this village its charm.

Attend a traditional medieval banquet at Dunguaire Castle, a 16th-century treasure overlooking grassy islands peeking above the water. Entertainment includes a harpist, a poet and costumed hosts helping to place you in the 1500s. Learn from docents about the history of the castle as you peruse its rooms. Hear about the writers who gathered here in the 1920s to discuss literature.

Travel west for 7 miles (12 kilometers) from Kinvara to discover the fascinating ruins of Corcomroe Abbey. Inspect the intricate carvings in this 12th-century religious complex. Legends say that the king who commissioned the building murdered the five builders so they couldn’t replicate it elsewhere. Spot his tomb effigy in the medieval cemetery beside the church and chapel.

Chat with locals as you get to know this quaint village. Capture photos of the colorful houses typical of Irish fishing villages. Watch fishermen at work in the port and admire traditional reddish-brown-sailed Galway hooker sailing vessels.

In Irish, the village is spelt Cinn Mhara, which means “head of the sea.” Learn about the Terry Alt resistance movement, active in this region and unsuccessful in challenging the English crown.

Arrive for the Cuckoo Festival in May for Irish music and the Gathering of the Boats in mid-August. The regional climate is fairly mild and wet with pleasant summers.

The village is on an inlet on the southern shore of Galway Bay, directly across the water from the city of Galway, about 30 minutes away by car. Drive west for about 2.5 hours from Dublin to reach the village.

Let Kinvara transport you back in time with its entertaining castle, legendary abbey and quaint port setting.

Kinvara Guesthouse
Kinvara Guesthouse
4 out of 5
The Square, Main Street, Kinvara, Galway
The price is €90 per night from 28 Aug to 29 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly guesthouse in Kinvara. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a 24-hour business centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (455 reviews)
Nice stay
"Ocean close, onsite breakfast dining, nice restaurants close by."

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2022

Kinvara Guesthouse
Merriman Hotel
Merriman Hotel
3 out of 5
Main Street, Kinvara, Galway, IE
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Kinvara. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (140 reviews)
Weekend
"Nice hotel, food delicious, staff v friendly and helpful, traditional music was great, beautiful area but weather was terrible, but would be beautiful place in summer. Easy to get there."

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

Merriman Hotel
KINVARA VILLAGE GALWAY  Studio Cottage with cosy stove
KINVARA VILLAGE GALWAY Studio Cottage with cosy stove
Kinvarra, County Galway
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Kinvara. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a garden. Popular attractions Dunguaire Castle and Corcomcoe Abbey are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Great location in KInvara!
"Wonderful, fully equipped studio. Drive to the Cliffs, Doolin, ferry to Aran Islands and much more. Short walk to all the restaurants and pubs in Kinvara. Would highly recommend!"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2019

KINVARA VILLAGE GALWAY Studio Cottage with cosy stove
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Artists Cove Perfect location in the Heart of Kinvara Explore and Unwind.
Artists Cove Perfect location in the Heart of Kinvara Explore and Unwind.
Kinvara, Galway
The price is €226 per night from 9 Sep to 10 Sep
Stay at this golf cottage in Kinvara. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a garden. Popular attractions Dunguaire Castle and Corcomcoe Abbey are located nearby. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Perfect location
"Great house. Bernie met us and was awesome. You can walk to everything in town in five minutes."

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2022

Artists Cove Perfect location in the Heart of Kinvara Explore and Unwind.
KINVARA VILLAGE GALWAY  Studio Cottage with cosy stove
KINVARA VILLAGE GALWAY Studio Cottage with cosy stove
Kinvarra, County Galway
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Kinvara. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a garden. Popular attractions Dunguaire Castle and Corcomcoe Abbey are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Great location in KInvara!
"Wonderful, fully equipped studio. Drive to the Cliffs, Doolin, ferry to Aran Islands and much more. Short walk to all the restaurants and pubs in Kinvara. Would highly recommend!"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2019

KINVARA VILLAGE GALWAY Studio Cottage with cosy stove
Right in the Village of Kinvara. Hot Tub Luxury!
Right in the Village of Kinvara. Hot Tub Luxury!
Kinvarra, County Galway
Stay at this beach cottage in Kinvara. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and a hot tub. Popular attractions Dunguaire Castle and Corcomcoe Abbey are located nearby. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Lovely stay
"Great self catering accommodation with all the necessities provided and great location for all the popular Sites in Clare and Galway. Some items in the property could do with updating e.g. throws and rugs but this certainly wouldn’t put anyone off from staying here."

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2021

Right in the Village of Kinvara. Hot Tub Luxury!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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