Visiting Kinsale in Ireland

What to see and do in Kinsale, County Cork

The historical port of Kinsale is located in the estuary of the river Bandon and protected from the sea winds by a natural barrier of hills. The town of Kinsale is a very popular location for tourists who love fishing. It is especially famous for its yachting, sea angling, dolphin and whale watching trips and some of the best fish restaurants in Ireland. The harbour is truly picturesque, and the narrow streets of the town lined with brightly coloured buildings - many of them pubs! Even though its main attractions and activities are mostly on the water, you can still check out land fortifications such as the Desmond Castle, James Fort and Charles Fort that date back to the 16th and 17th century. The town of Kinsale is also the place where one of the most important battles in English history took place in 1601. Even though the Irish lost the battle, it meant the end of the Gaelic reign in Kinsale and surrounding areas. The town of Kinsale can also take pride in being the first transition town in Ireland. The community has all the support of the town council and it is currently trying to implement more sustainable solutions for climate changes and peak oil. The meetings of the community take place every Thursday on the third week of every month and it is a real inspiration for transition cities worldwide.

Getting to Kinsale

Kinsale is located in County Cork, right on the south coast of Ireland. If you take the N71 south west from Cork, the turning for Kinsale is quick and easy to get to, about 15 miles along the main road. Once you leave the N71, Kinsale is a picturesque drive through some stuning countryside, until you get to the coastline.

Moving on from Kinsale

Kinsale is an easy 30 minute drive to or from Cork, about 18 miles away, or if you are heading further south west, Kinsale is about 45 minutes drive to Clonakilty, just over 20 miles away.

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