Neighbourliness, community spirit and bucolic or seaside beauty – these are the hallmarks of Ireland’s picture-perfect small towns. Here are a few of our favourites.
For many considering moving the Ireland, it’s the small towns we’ve witnessed in our favourite Irish films and TV programmes that have enticed us to the Emerald Isle. After all, didn’t life in Ballykissangel look simply idyllic! Ireland is home to some truly beautiful towns and villages, many of which you may never have heard of. Today the Ireland Property Guide runs through five of our favourites, so that you might be inspired to set the wheels of your move in motion, and maybe, just maybe, even find your new hometown.
Imagine living a peaceful life beside the water in a colourful, historical fishing town.
1 – Kinsale – County Cork
Imagine living a peaceful life beside the water in a colourful, historical fishing town. Yes please! Much of the action in Kinsale revolves around the marina and the River Bandon, and the town’s narrow streets are lined with brightly-painted, tightly-packed buildings, and the occasional curved bridge that wouldn’t look out of place in Venice. The town boasts a substantial array of shops, galleries and the obligatory pubs, and every year hosts an array of wonderful events, including Kinsale Gourmet Festival, Kinsale Fringe Jazz Festival, and even a competition to find the best chowder in all of Ireland . With so much going on and such charming surrounds, life in Kinsale sounds just wonderful to us.
2 – Birr – County Offaly
If you like castles and Georgian architecture, then you’ll love Birr, where the streets are wide and the buildings elegant. Birr Castle is a lovely place to while away an afternoon or two, or to meet new friends for tea. Other popular spots include Emmet Street, where you’ll find the town’s most spectacular homes – perhaps you might chance upon the property of your dreams! Birr is also home to the Seffin Stone, which is said to mark the very central point of all of Ireland.
3 – Dalkey – County Dublin
If you like the idea of a life by the seaside not too far from the big city, then Dalkey, just south of Dublin, could be the village for you. There are a number of small towns like this trickling south from the capital, but upmarket Dalkey offers an ocean side location, some fantastic restaurants (serving lots of freshly caught seafood), and its very own castle.
4 – Lismore – County Waterford
If you’re looking for a spot with surroundings you can hike around at the weekend, Lismore in County Waterford could be the small town for you. Located at the base of the Knockmealdown Mountains, this town’s stunning location and 800-year-old castle are just two features that might pique your interest, but there’s also Blackwater Valley, St. Carthages Cathedral and St. Carthages Church of Ireland Cathedral to explore. The town has a great events programme, regular markets and enough pubs and restaurants to keep you entertained.
5 – Valentia – County Kerry
If a slice of the quiet life is what you’re after then Valentia on rugged, wave-battered Valentia Island could be the romantic location you’ve been seeking. Despite being on an island (connected to the mainland by a bridge) there’s much to see and do. Glanleam House, an estate dating back to the 1770s, has wonderfully maintained gardens that have their very own microclimate and therefore a collection of unusual plants. There’s also Skellig Michael nearby, an ancient monastic island, that reminds us of Craggy Island. It’s not small, it’s just further away.
If a slice of the quiet life is what you’re after then Valentia on rugged, wave-battered Valentia Island could be the romantic location you’ve been seeking.
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