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Kinsale Travel Guide: 182 reviews and 381 photos

Kinsale is not a place you can be bored in, having everything you can wish for while on holiday. Beautifully situated on Ireland's south coast, it has a marina, high cliffs commanding great views of the harbour, some sandy beaches, charming narrow streets and country lanes, great shops and restaurants. It is a perfect holiday destination for walkers, cyclists, yachtsmen, golfers, anglers, gourmets, shopping addicts and just about anybody who can appreciate the magnificent scenery and the charm of this quaint ancient town.

In 1601 Kinsale was the site of a battle in which the English defeated the Irish/Spanish forces led by the princes Hugh Roe O'Donnell and Hugh O'Neill. The battle was a turning point in Irish history, deciding about its course for the next 300 years. Immediately following it, came the Flight of the Earls, when a number of Irish aristocrats left their lands and fled to mainland Europe.

You can get to Kinsale by bus from Cork, but it will mean a lot of walking if you want to get to Charles Fort, and it will probably be too far to walk to the Old Head of Kinsale, a real beauty spot on a high cliff with the rugged rocks washed by the waves. I was fortunate to be able to visit both, and the beach at Garretstown, thanks to Katherine who brought me here in the car. We had a great sunny day for our trip, a surprise gift from heaven after the rain of the day before.

  • Last visit to Kinsale: Jul 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    What a lovely page! You saw beautiful scenery around here. I loved the cliffs and the ocean and the gorgeous Chairman's Lane!

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Great tips and photos! I didn't make it to Kinsdale on my recent trip to Ireland, but I hope to someday in the future. Cheers, Bill

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2009 at 4:04 AM

    Now, this is my kind of an Irish little town. Castles, forts, beaches, wonderful and colourful little buildings - love the green & red one.

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2009 at 7:25 AM

    We're contemplating a trip to Ireland and yr great pages will come in vry useful......come to Mexico to see very bright, colorful houses and shops too!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Thanks to remind me my visit to Kinsale! Not sure that medieval masons would have disagreed with the pink. We are used to their stone color but many (most ?) were brightly colored but it is a shck for us!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2007 at 5:53 AM

    Wow, Kinsale has it all - colourful houses and enchanting seaside :-) This seems to be just the right place for me. Haha, is Katherine aware that she has her own "Burano" so close by ?

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2007 at 1:45 PM

    Thank you for a lovely tour of Ireland. Will return to see more......... Ciao, Carol

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Lovely views from the windswept cliffs, and colorful houses in the town.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2007 at 2:03 PM

    Delightful! With its shops and lanes as well as colorful houses, it is so special. Also enjoyed learning about Charles Fort, Old Head, the Wine Museum in a castle, and the beach. Just perfect.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2007 at 6:48 AM

    Wonderful scenery and interesting tips. We hope to get to Ireland one of these days!!!


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