An escape to a charming seaport village in County Galway might be exactly what the doctor ordered. Whether you're planning a rural getaway or you want to shake off the buzz of the city for a night, we've got the inside scoop on the very best spots to eat, drink, shop and sleep while you in Kinvara overlooking Galway Bay. Take a look and get planning...
FOOD & DRINK
Keogh's of Kinvara
Worth every bit their weight in gold, Keogh's go above and beyond with their exceptional service and gorgeous menu. This stunning, family-run business comes highly recommended by everyone who just popped in for a bite of food and found themselves being blown away by the lovely staff who manage to make every meal feel special. Call in for breakfast, lunch or dinner or for a few cheeky cocktails and see for yourself why this spot is always worth the visit.
Main St, Kinvara // more here
Graze Café & Wine Bar
This beautiful café and wine bar offers an experience like no other! Visit Graze in the morning for a lovely cuppa of Badger and Dodo coffee and sample a few of their fresh homemade cakes. You'll find yourself returning for a late boozy lunch to indulge on the vegetarian mezze board or meat and cheese board, both of which contain a fabulous mix of flavours! Top your meal off by pairing your meal with a glass of their organic, vegan and sustainable wines and you're in foodie heaven.
The Quay, Kinvara // more here
Located right on the quay along the Wild Atlantic Way, Pier Head Bar & Restaurant marries mesmerising views and a friendly atmosphere with traditional food and drinks. Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, their menus feature all the local favourites, as well as options for the more sophisticated palate. It goes without saying that their fishy fair is unbelievable fresh - ‘tis only caught down the road! Whatever food you fancy, it’s always best washed down with a pint of plain.
The Quay, Kinvara // more here
Kinvara Farmers Market
The Kinvara Farmer's Market offers a fantastic range of local produce and it runs every Friday from 10am to 2pm from March to October. If you happen to be visiting during that time be sure to pop around the stalls and browse their wares, you never know what goodies you might find! There are artisan crafts including paintings, jewellery, soap & body lotions and locally produced foods. You can find bright seasonal flowers for your home and delicious home-baked organic breads, bagels, cakes, and so much more that make it impossible to leave empty handed.
Courthouse Rd, Kinvara // more here
Hazel Mountain Chocolate
A trip to Kinvara wouldn't be complete without a trip to the chocolate factory. Yes you heard us correctly, just a short 10 minute drive from Kinvara village is the very spot where all the magic of Hazel Mountain Chocolate happens. They offer visitors a chance to take a peek behind the scenes of their chocolatey world. While you're there take opportunity to explore the tastes of their tantalising range of Irish craft chocolate, from Irish milk chocolate to dark and vegan creations.
Oughtmama, Bellharbour, the Burren // more here
The Secret Garden
This craft shop is a treasure trove, jammed full of candles, fairies, jewellery, original artwork, fair trade pieces and everything in between. It is so hard to resist picking up a one-of-a-kind ornament, memento or a souvenir to bring back home to a loved one. The store is a support system for local artists, giving them the platform to showcase their work in the upstairs gallery. A weekend visit to the Secret Garden is an entirely fulfilling experience, with warm and friendly staff and an incredibly unique interior.
The Quay, Dungory West, Kinvara // more here
One of the most photographed castles in the West of Ireland, Dunguaire Castle is a 16th century tower house that has stood proudly on the site of the 7th-century stronghold of Guaire, the King of Connaught, for centuries. Bridging centuries of Irish history, this castle provides an in-depth insight into the lives of its inhabitants throughout the generations. Dunguaire also hosts medieval banquets and entertainment evenings, featuring extracts from literary greats such as Synge, Yeats, Shaw and O’Casey.
Dungory East, Kinvara // more here
Take a break from the ol' traveling and give the legs a bit of a stretch along Traught Beach's gorgeous coastline. This blue flag beach is a great spot for a swim or a walk with your family and when you're busy traveling a stop off at the beach is always a must. Situated right along the Wild Atlantic Way a day out at Traught Beach is a day well spent.
Traught Beach, Kinvara // more here
Burren Nature Sanctuary
Burren Nature Sanctuary offers an escape into the local biodiversity like no other! Here you can stroll the nature trails and discover the ancient ash and hazel woodlands, meet some friendly farm animals and learn about the Burren's unique flora and landscape. If you plan on paying the attraction a visit be sure to bring your camera as you truly never know what you might find on your adventures.
Cloonasee, Kinvara // more here
KAVA - Kinvara Area Visual Arts
KAVA promotes the visual arts and artists, embracing creativity in the local community. They frequently are hosting different events that are always worth paying a visit too. Highlighting the work of local artists, KAVA provides an opportunity to discover some incredible exhibitions and they've got a stellar lineup of events planned for the year ahead, so make sure you check their programme when you're in town.
Courthouse Rd, Kinvara // more here
Experience a top class 4 star bed and breakfast stay at Kinvara Guesthouse. It's a perfect launching point for all your adventures across the West of Ireland, being only a short drive away from Hazel Mountain Chocolate and the Burren Nature Sanctuary. They also have beautiful self catering thatched cottages available for your stay, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a cosy homely atmosphere. Located just a 5 minute walk from the village, these thatched cottages are perfect for families or groups.
The Square, Kinvara // more here
Fallon's Bed and Breakfast
A 10 minute walk from the historic Dunguaire Castle and close to various nature trails, Fallon's B&B is ideally situated in the heart of Kinvara village. Unwind in the comfortable rooms that come with all the modern conveniences you could want alongside a warm, family welcome that makes you feel right at home. The team at this family run B&B love nothing more than sharing their knowledge of the local area and its history over a warm cup of freshly brewed tea, so be sure to have share a cuppa and a chat and you'll find yourself falling in love with Kinvara.
Main Street // more here