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 €100 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec
€100
per night
4 Dec - 5 Dec
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 ...
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Kinvara Guesthouse
The Galmont
The Galmont
4 out of 5
Lough Atalia Road, Galway, Galway
The price is €162 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec
€162
per night
6 Dec - 7 Dec
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Galway. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property condition ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,003 reviews)
"My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights with a water view and we loved our stay. Location wise, it's only like a 5-7 minute walk to the main shopping street and in our case, where the Christmas market was setup. Parking was also very easy even though you had to pay (which was consistent everywhere ..."

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2022

The Galmont
Eyre Square Hotel
Eyre Square Hotel
3 out of 5
Forster Street, Eyre Square, Galway, HP1 TCP0
The price is €139 per night from 14 Dec to 15 Dec
€139
per night
14 Dec - 15 Dec
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Galway. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
Lovely, older rooms and great staff
"Great location near train station, shops, and tours. A lovely hotel with fine rooms. If you want upgraded plug-ins, usb ports, etc., this may not be your place. The staff quickly brought us towels when requested and was very friendly."

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2022

Eyre Square Hotel
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Citypoint Apartments
Citypoint Apartments
4 out of 5
Eyre Square, Galway, Galway
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Galway. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (322 reviews)
"City Point apartments could not be more conveniently situated, overlooking Eyre Square. Parking is free with the apartment which gives you the freedom to explore the City on foot without the hassle of paid on street parking. The apartment was spotless, well equipped for any length of stay, and was ..."

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2022

Citypoint Apartments
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! (2 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay at this lovely cottage in Ireland down a secluded Lane quiet clean we had a wonderful time. Everything you needed to stay ,we will come here again when we return to Ireland."

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2022

KINVARA VILLAGE GALWAY Studio Cottage with cosy stove
Quaint &  Cosy Cottage in the heart of Doolin Village.
Quaint & Cosy Cottage in the heart of Doolin Village.
Doolin, Clare
Stay at this family-friendly holiday home in Doolin. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a garden. Popular attractions Doolin Pitch & Putt and Doolin Cave are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Great family house
"We loved the location and all the amenities!"

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2022

Quaint & Cosy Cottage in the heart of Doolin Village.
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