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towns in ireland

Ireland is a small country with a big reputation. It’s known for its lush green countryside and rugged coastlines, but if you’re looking for something different from the typical tourist experience, there are plenty of hidden gems to discover in Ireland’s small towns. These picturesque small towns and villages have their own unique charm and character – and are just waiting to be explored!

Here are our picks for the best small towns in Ireland:

Kinsale

Located on the southern coast of Ireland in County Cork, Kinsale is a historic town with a colorful past. It was once home to Sir Walter Raleigh, who lived there while he was governor of Munster. It’s a picturesque fishing town with colorful buildings and narrow streets where you’ll find plenty of pubs and restaurants, as well as picturesque harbour views. Kinsale is also home to historic attractions such as Charles Fort and Desmond Castle as well as a very famous golf course, The Old Head of Kinsale.

Suggested holiday home: The Lookout – a luxury penthouse with incredible views over Kinsale Harbour.

Dingle

Located on the west coast of Ireland in County Kerry, Dingle is a charming town with a rich history and culture. It is home to many traditional Irish music pubs, as well as a range of restaurants and cafes serving up local cuisine. Dingle is also a popular spot for outdoor activities such as hiking and surfing, and is a gateway to the stunning Dingle Peninsula.

Kenmare

Located in County Kerry on the famous Ring of Kerry, Kenmare is a quaint and picturesque town surrounded by mountains and the sea. It is known for its artisanal food and drink scene, with a range of local producers and craft breweries in the area. Kenmare is also a popular spot for outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling.

Suggested holiday homes: Caha (sleeps 6) and Cloonee House (sleeps 8).

Westport

Located on the west coast of Ireland in County Mayo, Westport is a bustling town with a lively atmosphere and plenty to see and do. It is home to a range of restaurants, cafes, and pubs, as well as historic attractions such as Westport House and the Clew Bay Heritage Center. Westport is also a popular spot for outdoor activities such as fishing and golfing.

Adare

Located in County Limerick, Adare is a picturesque village with thatched-roof cottages, historic buildings, and a tranquil river running through it. It is known for its charming streets and boutique shops, as well as its range of restaurants and cafes serving up local cuisine. Adare is also home to historic attractions such as Adare Castle and the Augustinian Friary.

These are just a few of the many small towns worth visiting in Ireland, each with its own unique beauty and attractions.

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