We arrived from Holyhead on the high speed ferry, very efficient, and then had a bit of a detour to Dublin Airport to pick up the third member of our party who had missed her flight to Cork but had managed to get to Dublin. Were a bit bemused by the toll arrangement on the M50.. are there cameras? Is it operational? We managed to get online later and paid the fee.
The new motorway Dublin to Cork is an improvement on the last time we did the journey (2002) but there is a gap and the roads near Abbeyleix are very bumpy indeed. Not sure if there are police with speed cameras along the road? It is a rather unbroken drive, no service stations.
Arrived in Kinsale and booked into Actons, well organised, helpful staff, room was spacious and clean and comfortable though the bathroom looked dated and there were worn carpets in public areas. Bed and bedding very comfortable.
Out to Yacht Club for pre prandial drinks, very friendly bar, and a terrace overlooking the marina. They called a taxi for us to take us up to Man Fridays for dinner.
We were pretty disappointed on arrival to be told the table we had booked some weeks beforehand (and had confirmed a week or so ago) in the Conservatory at 8pm was not available, and in fact that such bookings are not 'guaranteed'. However after a wait of nearly an hour we were seated there and enjoyed a great meal. Menu choice was we thought a bit dated, but nothing too much wrong with that when ingredients were the best and they were very well prepared. We drank wine from top end of the list as was appropriate to the occasion and we spent 290 e between three of us including tip.
Next morning it was raining, we took a boat trip around the harbours on the Spirit of Kinsale, very interesting and a good commentary worth listening to. After that we had a look round Kinsale (in the rain), had a Guiness in a pub and then set out to have a look around the countryside, very pretty, and got as far as Baltimore.
That evening we dined at Pier One at the Trident Hotel which turned out to be a good choice, great location, again a slightly limited menu, but we enjoyed good seafood, not too crowded, a very enjoyable evening.
Total spend there was slightly less, 260 e, we thought prices were pretty high, maybe about 15% higher than we would expect to spend here (in Chester).
Next day we had to be up and away back to Dun Laoghaire, and it hadn't and didn't stop raining all the way...