One cannot live on prayer alone 

Day 8 – Day off in Kinsale 


  • A sleep in. 
  • A 1.5 hour long breakfast with Linda.
  • A 2.5 hour walking Gourmet food tour of Kinsale.
  • Some relaxing in interesting pubs and coffee shops.
  • Some shopping. 
  • Some dinner in a gastro pub. 
  • Cloud bed again. 

I was tempted to call today’s blog ‘7 Deadly Sins of Kinsale’ but I certainly didn’t tick them all off. 

Kinsale Food Tour

I looked into this before leaving Melbourne and got a few more takers to join me. It was well worth it. Our guide Suzanne, took us on a journey of history and food and fun.

Stop 1: Lemon Leaf Cafe. 

The outside court yard is next to to original sea wall.

We had canapés with cheese, salmon, beef, relish and a cuppa. Suzanne gave us a quiz based on Early Irish law called Brehon law, which governed everyday life in Early Medieval Ireland. The laws were a civil rather than a criminal code, concerned with the payment of compensation for harm done. For example if your cow ruined someone’s field you would pay them a bushel of wheat. Cows were very expensive so this law had a deterrent aspect. Another example is if your bees sting someone you wild give them a quart of honey. Kristen and I were a team and tied for first with an Irish couple on tour with us. 3/6 was not too shabby for a couple of Aussies that had never heard of Brehon law.

Kristen, Kylie, Kellie – Triple K for Gabrielle
The old sea wall

Stop 2: The Gourmet Pantry

A DIVINE bakery. Let the pics speak for themselves!

Cart used to collect human waste and place on fields

Model of the city

In the year 1391 King Richard the Second of England declared that the town of Kinsale, being situated on the sea shore and coming under attack from Spanish and Irish enemies and English enemies, should be surrounded by a stone wall. It encompassed all of the important buildings an has four town gates: Cork Gate, Friar’s Gate, Blind Gate and Worlds End Gate. The wall itself survived for several centuries and provided safety for its inhabitants as a safer trading destination.

Stop 3: The Blue Haven Hotel

Fish (pollock) and chips, seafood chowder, oyster, samphire grass and Guiness

Stop 4: Koko Chocolate 

Ginger, honey & seaweed; salted caramel (chewy); orange and grand marnier

Unscheduled Stop 5: The Market Bar

Kristen and I finished the food tour with a drink in a bar decorated very eclectically with records on the roof.

Unscheduled stop 6: The Poet’s Corner 

Coffee time!

Around Kinsale

Desmond Castle built as a customs house then used as a prison during the Napoleonic Wars where 100 prisoners were killed in a fire.
Town Hall

The inquest into the sinking of the Lusitania was held in this building as some bodies had washed ashore in Kinsale.
It was a lovely town to have a day off in. Finished the day at a pub for dinner. I ate oysters again because they are so good near the sea!

Fell into a deep sleep in the cloud bed. We’re half way though and still so much to see and learn. 

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