Kinsale Travel Guide

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Kinsale Things to Do

  • Charles' Fort

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Even though it was raining I enjoyed my visit to the fort and the walk to it from the centre of Kinsale. It is run by the OPW and it is 3 Euro 70 to enter. The best thing about our visit was the free tour given by a well informed and friendly guide. I think tours are run regularly, our tour set off at 11am.

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  • Old Head of Kinsale

    This is one of my favourite places in County Cork, this windswept rocky promontory reaching out into the ocean. There is a lighthouse at the end of it but you can't get to it - the road ends with a gate a long time before it and a fence on both sides tells you in no uncertain terms you won't be welcome there. Unless... unless you join the exclusive...

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  • The Scilly Walk

    This fairytale yellow cottage is about halfway between Summercove and Kinsale and everybody always stops to take photographs. In summer the hollyhocks grow almost to the roof. I often wonder about the family who live here and if they object to people taking photographs but I've never seen any of them. Occasionally an old fat laborador dog comes out...

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  • James' Fort

    4 out of 5 stars

    James Fort was constructed between 1601 and 1603. It is a pentagonal shaped fort with a covered walkway leading to the fort. This fort was the harbours main defence until the construction of Charles Fort across the way. It is within walking distance of the town of Kinsale, and you will get wonderful views along the way, and from the fort!

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  • Kinsale Harbour

    We went sailing with the guys in Sovereign Sailing down at the Trident Hotel Marina. I had never sailed before but they took 4 of us out on a new 34ft sailing yacht. It was Fantastic. They gave us all the sailing gear and safety jackets then as soon as we left the marina I was given the wheel. What an exeperience!! While the girls enjoyed the views...

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  • Town centre

    The centre of Kinsale is lovely - its winding narrow lanes are pure bliss for the eyes - I have never seen so many colourful houses anywhere, and all of them matching their neighbours. I wonder if Kinsale has an architect or an artist whose task it is to coordinate the decorating. In addition to the colourful walls, there are floral decorations on...

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Kinsale Hotels

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  • Actons Hotel

    I stayed here this past weekend and it was a great experience. The hotel is just across the room...

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  • Blue Haven Hotel

    Completely refurbished in 2004, each room is individually furnished with exquisite furniture, the...

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  • Trident Hotel

    All of the hotels in Kinsale are older hotels. We have stayed at the Trident 3 times now, including...

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Kinsale Restaurants

  • Fishy Fishy Cafe

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This restaurant is DEFINITELY for seafood lovers but they do have one chicken dish also. Dining there recently I saw three people of a table of four having the chicken dish which is testament to the tastiness of everything on the menu. The atmosphere is absolutely great- you feel that you are on holiday- even when you aren't! The clams are...

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  • Man Friday's

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    In recent years Kinsale has seen an influx of wonderful modern gourmet restaurants clamouring to outshine the old favourites. Man Friday's is one of those golden oldies and, in my opinion, it is superbly holding its own. One could be forgiven for missing the entrance, tucked away as it is on a street corner of what appear to be secluded private...

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  • The Spaniard Bar and Restaurant

    4 out of 5 stars

    What's not to like? A gourmet restaurant and a great pub all rolled into one. You can enjoy fine dining in the restaurant with wonderful views of Kinsale, or you can go into the dark, woody pub and drink Guinness 'til closing. We chose the former. I seem to remember I had some excellently prepared trout with crabmeat filling. I probably should've...

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Kinsale Nightlife

  • Muddy Maher's

    A wonderful pub with a great atmosphere, get bartender (John) and great live music. Spent my Friday night here and enjoyed the potato skins and Guinness while listening to live music and conversing with John. Only a block away or so away from the hostel so I didn't have to stumble too far to get to bed ;o)

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  • Harvey's Bar

    Harvey's is where all the twenty-something crowd go on a Saturday night, so it's going to be crowded, loud and you're definitely going to get drink spilled on you or get a passing cigarette burn! It's quite modern for a small town.However Harvey's Bar is full of good looking and friendly people so you will enjoy it :) Smart casual.

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  • Pub & Resturant

    A great find !! Recently visited Kinsale with my Mom & sister, we were recommended the Spaniard as the best bar in the area, and to be honest once we got there we never left. We met up at 5pm on a windy March Friday afternoon and were welcomed by very warm & hospitable staff. The pub had cosy corners, with log fires, traditional sawdust on the...

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Kinsale Transportation

  • Driving

    The best way to explore Kinsale is to do so by car, and if you're in the Cork area don't forogt to visit this pearl of southern Ireland, and in my opinion one of the best places in Ireland. I liked it alot!

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  • 249 Bus to Cork and Cork Airport

    First a warning! When getting the bus to Kinsale from the Airport be bolshy! A queue formed when the bus pulled up at the airport. The person at the front of the queue asked if the bus was going to Cork and the driver replied (rightly) that it wasn't. However he then DROVE OFF! This was without checking if anyone else wanted to go to Kinsale. So we...

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  • How to get there

    Just to know...Kinsale is within 30 minutes drive of Cork City (17 miles), Cork Airport (13 miles) and Cork Ferryport (Ringaskiddy - 14 miles). If you arrive from Cork Airport: turn right as you leave the airport onto the R600 road sign posted to Kinsale. Travel through the villages of Riverstick and Belgooly until you reach Kinsale. The journey...

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Kinsale Shopping

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  • Various

    My wife and I bought a Mastercut Vase from Kindale Crystal which had to be cut and then sent to our home in the U.S. The price was $670.00 US. The vase that we received was not the one we ordered when in their shop. The vase we received had many less cuts in it, resulting in a less than spectacular looking vase. Indeed, the four sides of the vase...

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  • Do Not Buy Kinsale Crystal

    My wife and I bought a Mastercut Vase from Kindale Crystal which had to be cut and then sent to our home in the U.S. The price was $670.00 US.The vase that we received was not the one we ordered when in their shop. The vase we received had many less cuts in it, resulting in a less than spectacular looking vase. Indeed, the four sides of the vase...

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  • A True Silversmith

    A wonderful place to go and pick up a gift of jewelry. You can even watch some of his pieces being made when you stop in to the shop. They have many beautiful pieces to choose from that would make a wonderful rememberance of your trip to Kinsale. Ancient, Celtic, Crosses, Kells, and Modern pieces. Something for everyone! Silver Jewelry

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Kinsale Local Customs

  • Food Festival

    The Kinsale Gourmet Festival held every October is by now world-famous. All the best restaurants and chefs showcase their talents.As Kinsale is twinned with Antibes in France and Newport in Rhode Island, there is a very strong gallic and American flavour added to the pot. As well as twinning towns Chefs are also exchanged and all kinds of crazy...

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  • Smirting & The Smoking Ban

    Smirting is a combination of the words smoking + flirting, geddit? It started when people had to go out for a ciggie after the ban was enforced, and got chatting to fellow smokers outside on the street, eyes meeting across a cloud of blue nicotine... ;) So you may just meet a local hottie in this way!!REMEMBER - Since March 2004, you CANNOT smoke...

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  • The Legend of the White lady

    The White lady is a name you will come across very frequently in Kinsale, the popular White Lady Night Club being just one example.The legend of the white lady tells the story of Willful Warrender , daughter of an 18th century Governor of Charles Fort. On her wedding night, Willful and her new husband ( an officer at the fort) were strolling on the...

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Kinsale Warnings and Dangers

  • Narrow Roads, Driving can be a horror!

    The roads tend to be very narrow! So if you are driving, please be very careful and cautious! Most of my traveling in Kinsale is done by foot, as I find it much more pleasent to walk and enjoy the scenery. But there are times when you need to get somewhere by some other means of transportation. During my trips there, my husband works during the...

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  • Be careful of....

    the Swans!! Just kidding of course. I had never seen a swan before this trip and was able to see many of them. They are beautiful and graceful to watch, but they are also quite big and I don't think I would mess with them ;o)

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  • Camping

    I was camping down by a small stream that went into the ocean and because my tent was there for more than 2 weeks and young kids used to drink in the trees of a night then one night when I was at work and didn't get back till really late then my tent had been slashed the side and my cd player was stolen, so I threw the tent out and a man in the pub...

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Kinsale What to Pack

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    by clws Written Nov 12, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: I usually pack a nice duffle bag inside of my suticase for souveniers. You might think about a nice canvas tote that folds flat too, if you like to shop. Some of the groceries charge for bags.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy shoes for walking around in will make your trip much nicer as well as a nice rain jacket and an umbrella! I love wearing sweaters on the cooler days or over another shirt incase the day warms up, you can just take off the sweater. I have found that dressing in layers is a good thing in Ireland. Kinsale has some wonderful gourmet restaurants and sometimes it is just nice to get to dress nice for the occasion. So bring a couple of nice outfits for dining out in.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lip balm will be your best friend for those cool breezy days as well as a moisterizer for your hands and face. If your hair tends to frizz easily, I suggest you bring a hair product for that with you as well.

    Photo Equipment: Definately bring your camera! If it requires film, bring that as well, it can be pricey in the shops. Bring extra batteries as well. If it is digital, be sure to bring a nice sized memory card because you will be taking many wonderful pictures!

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Kinsale Off The Beaten Path

  • Garretstown and the Old head of Kinsale.

    On our way from the Old Head of Kinsale to the town itself we stopped to bask a little in the sun on Garretstown Beach. It was July, the peak of holiday season, but the beach wasn't crowded, far from it - there were just a few people sitting on the rocks at its edge, walking or lying on the sand, and a handful of people bathing. Quite a few cars...

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  • The Mall and Bowling Green

    If you want to explore a little further then it's time to strart climbing. Beyond Acton's Hotel on the waterfront, turn right onto Denis Quay where you will see another terrace of elegant georgian townhouses, former captains residences. Then turn right again up the steep ST John's Hill and you will come to the pleasant park called Bowling Green and...

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  • Drombeg stone circle.

    Although some 30 kms from Kinsale, Drombeg is easily visited on the way west to Skibbereen and Killarney. and roughly two kms before reaching Glandore. Drombeg is one of the better known stone circles in Ireland and is probably part of a small settlement. The circle has 17 (seventeen) stones and is roughly 9 metres in diametre. There is one of the...

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Kinsale Sports & Outdoors

  • Golf.....

    Kinsale Golf Club is located on the outskirts of Kinsale in south Cork The club has two courses for your enjoyment. . To get to Farrangalway from Kinsale turn left at the White House and turn right at the following crossroads. Then right again and follow road for 3km to signposted left turn. From Kinsale Ringenane can be reached on the R600 north...

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  • Sailing

    Well, I can't sail but I would reallly like to learn. On Saturday mornings in Kinsale if you are toiling up St John's Hill, you will frequently be stopped in your tracks by crowds of noisy, happy children all dressed in bright red life jackets and wetsuits. They are trooping down the hill to the pier from the Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre....

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  • I am Sailing, I am Sailing...

    Well, I can't sail but I would reallly like to learn. On Saturday mornings in Kinsale if you are toiling up St John's Hill, you will frequently be stopped in your tracks by crowds of noisy, happy children all dressed in bright red life jackets and wetsuits. They are trooping down the hill to the pier from the Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre....

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Kinsale Favorites

  • Kinsale Town

    After we visited Charles Fort, we parked in town, walked all through the town and a local park, and ate lunch. While we were looking at the harbor during lunch we saw the head of an animal pop up. At first I thought it was an otter, but we realized eventually that it was a seal! After lunch we drove across the harbor to James Fort. After we visited...

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  • Charles Fort

    The Battle of Kinsale, fought in 1601 between a combined Spanish, an Irish force and English armies, was a turning point in Irish history. The harbour is guarded by two very fine star-shaped fortresses built in the 17th century: Charles Fort can be seen in the distance on this photo.

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  • Chairman's Lane

    This little lane runs uphill from the Giant's Cottage to Desmond Castle. It's impossible not to stop to admire its tiny colourful houses with funny names. In the 15th - 16th centuries the old harbour of Kinsale used to be situated at the bottom of the lane and Desmond Castle served as a customs house. One of the castle museum's exhibits is a sedan...

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