Kinvara is regarded as one of the most picturesque villages in Ireland. The seaside harbour town hasDunguaire Castle at the entrance and is set against a backdrop of the Burren mountains. There are walks to lighten the heart and breath in the beauty of the scenery. On entering the village from Galway views unfold like the pages of a fairytale as Castle, harbour and the changing tide come into view. Kinvara Bay is a Special Area of Conservation with impressive vegetation and wildlife. The freshwater from underground rivers favour an environment for breeding populations of winter wild fowl, swans, seals and otters.
Kinvara is Galway’s gateway to the Burren, one of the most important botanical sites in Europe.
Associated activities for tourists visiting the area are painting, photography, bird watching, and observing wildlife. Those activities could be enhanced by the knowledge of dedicated guides or tutors. Forever associated with tradition Kinvara is the place to find traditional music and dance in the pubs. There is a choice of restaurants offering fine food dining and pub grub in the village and a short drive away. Because of its proximity to the Burren the relaxed atmosphere of this area seeps into Kinvara. To benefit further there is a yoga retreat, natural seaweed treatment and other holistic treatments in the area. Within a 15 min drive there is Coole park with its beautiful lake and woods. Following on the Yeates trail there is the Tower at Balylee.
This region of south east Galway offers a rural paradise of limestone walls, sea and rolling hills with many places of interest to visit. The fields of Athenry and delights of Coole Park are close by. Yet the sophistication of Galway City is only 20 minutes drive away. Kinvara is on the north entrance to The Burren National Park.