Castle town bear is a small port but is irelands second most important fishing port. We anchored snugly in the harbour and spent three days walking town, Dunboy castle and the back roads of town. We never found the stone circle. People here were super friendly and have a great love for there surroundings. We met several ex pats that felt the very same way. A cheese maker who set up a farm and made cheese said it was the best part of Ireland. The crepe maker, from Germany had the same to say about his neck of the woods. 

On we went to Glengarif , a sheltered bay at the end of Bantry Bay. This is a gardeners delight and there are three garden tours to be taken. One being the bamboo gardens, the town gardens and the Italian gardens on one of the islands. We chose to hike to the national park and hike old carriage roads and scramble up rock outcrops. I most enjoyed the coffee caravan that housed an indoor reading nook filled with surf and seaside books.

Plenty to do here in Kinsale. The yacht club is most excellent with showers, laundry and great food. The people here are really genuine. On our first days travel I met a gypsy who settled down to raise horses, an ex real estate salesmen who sold out and became a fisherman, and a young man who returned home to roast coffee beans in an old warehouse. Although Kinsale is a tourist town with plenty of bus loads of people it still has its characters.
A short walk out of town takes you stone throw from people s windows and through there gardens up stilly walk towards the fort. I enjoyed this walk emmensly as I was able to admire people’s building styles and garden idea.s.

Back in town I spent time at local library which has enough local books to get a gist of Ireland. I ventured up hill to the cork design building where I purchased a marbled blank book, wooden garden dibble and garden tools all made locally.

The grocery store, tucked in the back corner had everything one could want all crammed into a small space but bustling with fresh bread, sweats and local caught fish. The back streets have bookshops, used and new and plenty of coffee and tea shops. This is a great place to spend a week. 

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