14 Aug Kinvarra, County Galway
One of the most charming fishing villages on Galway Bay, Kinvarra’s appeal lies in its sheltered, seaweed-clad harbour and traditional seafaring atmosphere. From medieval times, its fortunes were closely linked to Kilmacduagh, the powerful monastery and bishopric upon which the village depended.
The pier is bordered by a row of fishermen’s cottages. Kinvarra remains a popular port of call for sailors of traditional Galway hookers and is known for the Cruinniu na mBad (gathering of the boats) festival in August. Rambles include historical and nature trails. Bird-watchers may spot teal, curlews and oystercatchers by the shore.
Kinvarra is a hidden gem and worth a visit on your Ireland tours.