View from the top of Old Man of Coniston hike in Lake District National Park, England.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Preston, Lancashire, England.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Wyke, West Yorkshire, England on May 29th!

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Parked for free by the sea

We haven't been driving very far each day, but sometimes it's nice to take a break and not drive at all. So we decided to stay put in the parking lot near Kinsale. Not the most scenic overnight spot, but it was quiet at night and there was still a walk we wanted to do on the other side of Kinsale.

We wandered around a bit before lunch, then went back to Max for lunch, then the longer walk after lunch.

And... it was another beautiful day!

Colorful buildings in Kinsale.

Desmond Castle, once the old jail, built around 1500.
Now houses the International Museum of Wine.

The Pauper's Well.

In the days when Kinsale was a great maritime centre it was an important port of call for fresh water. It was known in Irish as Fan na dTubraid, the Slope of the Springs/Wells and there were many public and private wells in the town. Some were the property of the rich who had them guarded to prevent any contamination, such as The Guard Well across the street, but others were left unattended and unprotected to be used by the poor, as was in the case of this Paupers' Well which still remains on this site.

Saint Multose Church.

Gravestone dated 1779.

The stained glass windows were very vivid.

After lunch we went for a 7 km (4.5 mile) walk to the other side of town and up around Compass Hill for a view.

This beautiful old fixer upper is for sale.
But it needs a ton of work. Great view from those three windows though!

Nice view of Kinsale.

Scenic view of the pleasureboat harbour.


The Kinsale Museum is located in a building built in the 1590's.

More colorful buildings!

We got up early this morning and headed over to the beach where we could have our breakfast with a view of the sea. We're officially on the Wild Atlantic Way now!

I found a really good online map of the route itself. You can access it here, and zoom in and out with the plus and minus buttons in the lower right corner...

We are currently right at the bottom at a place called Old Head of Kinsale.

Max, parked for free by the sea!

We're off to do a 10 km walk out to Old Head lighthouse.


And in Canada...


  1. I love those colorful buildings, reminiscent of Mexico in tones, if not in architecture. We used to ride our bikes down a street called Kinsale in Durham, NC. Now I think I know the origin of the name, which was a complete mystery to me before!

    1. We are enjoying all the bright colours too. I think they are even brighter than the ones we saw in Mexico, most of those were more pale/pastel colours, many of these are very vivid. When I think of a colourful city in Mexico, Campeche always comes to mind, we both really liked that city, mostly because it was so colourful.

      It is very possible that the name Kinsale came from Ireland, the area was settled by the Scottish, Irish and English colonists from what I have read about Durham. I am glad that we could solve that mystery for you, lol. :-)


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