A few weeks ago I posted mine and Dave’s adventures in Dublin. Well, I’m finally getting around to sharing the next leg of our trip in Ireland! Today I’m sharing our adventures in Kilkenny.
Kilkenny wasn’t on our original trip itinerary. In fact, we didn’t decide to go to Kilkenny until the day before we actually went. We were in Dublin mapping out our trip for the next day (originally planning to be Cork), and we decided to make a detour. We had an awesome cab driver who said Kilkenny was a fantastic little town and that if we had the extra day, it wasn’t one we should miss. That was all the convincing we needed. Despite being Dave’s first day driving a manual on the wrong side of the road in lanes the size of an American sidewalk, we made great time and got to town pretty early in the day.
The first thing we wanted to do was find some lodging and a place to park the car. The downtown area is small, so it didn’t take long to walk all of the main street and choose a tiny little B&B above a bar. Did I mention how affordable the B&Bs are in Ireland?? The one we stayed at in Kilkenny was like 40 euros.
After dropping off our stuff at the B&B, we sought out a map to figure what we should see in town. The first thing we were directed toward was Kilkenny Castle. The castle was very cool! I love how authentic so many things in Ireland are. There’s a genuine effort to keep these awesome historic sites looking like they originally did.
It actually rained most of the day (poured at times), but we didn’t want to waste too much time sitting inside on our vacation. One of my favorite parts of exploring the small towns was just walking around seeing some of the awesome views. I’ve never been to a place that’s so universally pretty!
Another thing that I loved about the relatively unplanned trip was the spontaneity of it. There was nowhere we had to be at any time, so we truly could just follow our impulses. If that meant spending a few hours in the afternoon in a bar playing pool, that’s what we did!
Did I mention how awesomely nice every we met in Ireland was? Since Dave doesn’t drive a manual back in the states, it was a little bit of a struggle adjusting. We spent some time practicing in the parking lot behind our B&B and a friendly stranger stopped and offered to give him some tips and ended up sticking around for twenty minutes!
Overall one of my favorite things about Kilkenny was how slow-paced and laid back it was. There wasn’t a rush of tourists. It was just a friendly, authentic place. It was the perfect size to explore in a day and the locals made it an awesome experience!
Have you been to Kilkenny? What was your favorite part?
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