Kinsale (Irish: Cionn tSáile - literally means 'Head of the Sea') is about 25 km south of Cork City on the coast near the Old Head of Kinsale. It sits at the mouth of the River Bandon and was the centre of the infamous Battle of Kinsale in 1601 in which English forces defeated the Spanish troops coming to the aid of the native Irish. It is said that Irish people, or certainly Corkonians, might be speaking Spanish now had the outcome gone the other way!
Local attractions include Charles Fort, Kinsale Market House, Market Street and James Fort. Inset between the countryside hills, the scenic views can be seen from the many nature ways around the town and hills. Garretstown blue-flag beach, a favourite of surfers and wind surfers, is a 15 minute drive south towards the Old Head of Kinsale lighthouse.