Kilmore Quay

Kilmore Quay on the south coast of Ireland is everything you might imagine a fishing village to be. It is the kind of place where nautical themes abound…

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…where brilliant blues cosy up beside sparkling whites…

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…a place where dogs take themselves for walks.

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The village starts atop a hill; the road lined with pretty little thatched cottages.

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Up close, the thatch on the rooftops is surprisingly thick. It must weigh a tonne, especially when it gets wet, but I bet it provides a great home to a large range of wee beasties.

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Following the main street down to the coast I found a small marina, its turquoise waters busy with colourful fishing boats.

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Although it was sunny, the winds were bracingly strong and there were no boats out fishing. This stretch of water can be deceptively wild. Lobster pots were stacked high against the marina walls waiting for their next excursion.

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The Saltee Islands lie just a few miles out to sea and are home to all kinds of birds and marine life. Puffins, dolphins, whales and seals abound in this natural wonderland. Both islands are privately owned and the larger of the two is accessible to the public during the day. The water was too treacherous to make a boat trip across to the islands so that will have to wait until the next time I visit. Instead, I settled for a big bag of piping hot chips liberally doused in salt and vinegar, and savoured every last crispy golden morsel sitting on the shore watching the waves roll in with the Saltees floating just out of reach on the horizon.

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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33 Responses to Kilmore Quay

  1. Sallyann says:

    Looks like a lovely place to visit. I, cc like the blue and white. 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      It’s a beautiful little village, Sallyann, and yes, I too love that blue and white, it’s so fresh and clean, that particular shade of blue always makes me feel like I’m on holiday. 🙂

      • Sallyann says:

        I know what you mean, I’ve decorated my kitchen in blue and white, with knotty pine coloured cupboards and a sandy coloured floor, it’s a happy place to sit in. 🙂
        We have an old wicker settee in one corner and, as soon as I find the right material, I’m going to cover the cushions in deckchair colours. 😀

  2. Woww the pictures are too good. Loved it.

  3. Dawnasong says:

    Absolutely fabulous!

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Chips buy the sea, perfect!

  5. Rajiv says:

    this is really nice!

  6. Francesca says:

    A beautiful Irish fishing village, still intact. Thanks for taking me there.

    • ailsapm says:

      Glad you came along for the trip, Francesca. Yes, it’s lovely to find a village like this that has held onto its heritage, the old ways are vanishing before our very eyes. xxx

  7. DagEnDauw says:

    Reading your blog and watching the pictures I feel such positive vibes that my weekend can’t go wrong anymore. Thanks Ailsa and have a great weekend yourself too.

  8. DailyMusings says:

    Beautiful photos- a charming place 🙂

  9. Stephanie says:

    Everything about the images is wonderfully salty. I especially like the sculptural haphazard piling of traps. Around my slice of Seacoast all the lobster traps are rigidly piled along the shore in rectangles, like giant prisons for wee captives.

    • ailsapm says:

      I’ve always adored the look of lobster cages, they’re terribly evocative of a simpler time in some way. Your slice of Seacoast sounds lovely, Stephanie, but maybe go along and mess up those orderly lobster traps a little when nobody’s looking. xxx

  10. writeejit says:

    Ah, brings back memories–thanks! I got stranded for several days on the Saltees by rough seas on a family camping trip as a child. Luckily the wildlife was so fascinating it was no hardship. But we did start wondering what roasted puffin would taste like!

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh nooo, poor little puffins, Your comment had me picturing a puffin on a spit with an apple in his mouth. 😦 Love your pen name, gave me a good chuckle. 🙂

  11. markd60 says:

    It looks like a lovely village! Wonder how it is in the winter?

  12. Amy says:

    Beautiful beach images. Lovely, peaceful village to visit!

  13. Deri says:

    Wonderful !!!

  14. This reminds me of Maine. sadly’ I didn’t see anything like this on my trip through Ireland. Guess I’ll have to go back! 🙂

  15. These photos are a real teaser for me, who’s frying in Las Vegas summer! I’ve been dreaming of visiting Ireland since as long as I can remember and this is a good reminder to get back on track with my To-Go-Places dream list 🙂

  16. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Lovely colours and such rich textures everywhere – gorgeous photos!
    del

  17. suej says:

    What a lovely little village…..

  18. Tvor says:

    Love!!! this photo!

  19. Mum says:

    Dear little dog, with no intention of parking on double yellow lines! Now why would he? He can always reverse and park again at the brilliant blue door set in a pristine white wall, what?
    🙂

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