One of the prettiest little towns in Ireland, Kinsale is set back from the Atlantic in a stunning harbour overlooked by undulating hills, salmon filled rivers and historic forts. These same forts have their place in a decisive part of Ireland’s turbulent history – The Battle of Kinsale in 1601, which sealed Ireland’s fate as a British colony.
The town remained an important port and garrison town for over 300 years and this is reflected in the narrow streets and the Georgian and Dutch influenced architecture. In fact the town is blessed with a wealth of protected and historically significant buildings. Apart from its history, it is often said that Kinsale is the jewel in Cork’s gourmet crown as there is a such a range of fabulous restaurants sitting side by side fabulous ‘olde worlde’ pubs and trendy bars. Summer time brings many foreign sailors and their yachts bringing a cosmopolitan air to the town.
Just outside Kinsale, you have one of Irelands’ most famous links courses the ‘Old Head Course. However there are also a number of less famous and less expensive golfing options for those who enjoy the game. For anyone coming to Cork, Kinsale is worthy of an overnight stay and at the very least is worth a day trip as it is only a 30 minute drive from Cork City.