Welcome to Kinsale
The picturesque yachting harbour of Kinsale (Cionn tSáile) is one of many colourful gems strung along the coastline of County Cork. Narrow, winding streets lined with galleries and gift shops, lively bars and superb restaurants, and a handsome natural harbour filled with yachts and guarded by a huge 17th-century fortress make it an engrossing place to spend a day or two.Kinsale has been labelled the gourmet centre... Read More
Top experiences in Kinsale
3-Day Southeast Ireland Tour from Dublin: Kilkenny, Blarney Castle, Glendalough, and Kinsale
Leave the bustling streets of Dublin behind and visit the highlights of southeast Ireland, stopping in Cahir, Blarney, Kilkenny and Glendalough where you can visit ancient castles and cathedrals, or modern crafts shops, restaurants and pubs. You'll explore the natural beauty of the West Cork coast and the Wicklow Mountains, and you'll admire the lush countryside as you travel by luxury minicoach with your expert guide. Your 3-day tour includes overnight stays in Kinsale and Kilkenny; your accommodations are centrally located, allowing you to explore the towns when you have leisure time. Breakfasts are included, all entrance fees, activities and other meals are at your own expense.
Cobh Shore Excursion: Blarney Castle, Cork City and Kinsale Private Tour
Leaving the ship in Cobh we would head directly to Blarney Castle getting ahead of the crowds to avoid long queues at this very popular site, this is important if you wish to kiss the Blarney stone which is said locally to give you the ‘gift of the gab’ or more appropriately the ‘gift of eloquent speech’. The castle itself was built more than six hundred years ago and home of the McCarthy Clan, with its beautiful gardens and lake a must see on a visit to Cork. From Blarney we would head for Cork city known locally as ‘The real Capital of Ireland’, the river Lee flows through Cork dividing the city into North & South and the Port of Cork meets the Atlantic Ocean at Cobh. The people of Cork may be difficult to understand as it is said we sing our words rather than speak them, a very hilly city steeped in history, beautiful Cathedrals and lime stone buildings fast becoming a very cosmopolitan place. Cork is also the second deepest natural port in the world, Sydney being the first. Key attractions in Cork would be St Finbarr’s Cathedral and the English Market. From Cork we would head to the port town of Kinsale otherwise known as the ‘Gourmet capital of Ireland’ famous for its wonderful restaurants and many festivals during the year. On arriving in Kinsale we would come in from an elevated site looking over the town at Charles Fort, a five stared fort famous for its defence of the coastline during the Spanish Armada of 1601, with beautiful panoramic views over the town, the Marina and the multi coloured houses and shops. There is a lot of Spanish influence in the town itself associated with the Armada, the names of the pubs for example, ‘The Spaniard’, ‘The 1601’, ‘The Bulman’ and many more waiting to be explored! It is a real picturesque town in the south west of Ireland and the start of ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’ route.
Full-Day Kinsale and West Cork Tour
Drombeg Stone CircleOur first stop is the Drombeg Stone Circle, one of Ireland's most popular stone circles dating back over 5000 years. Consisting of 17 pillar stones, of which 13 remain. This was a place of pagan worship in pre-Christian days. We can see how the stone age people lived with their cooking areas and many of their other traits.Scenic drive through Glandore and Union HallThis beautiful drive takes us along the coastal route between these two beautiful villages. Glandore is a known holiday area for many Ireland's celebrities and high rollers. Union Hall is Cork's best known fishing village with fisherman heading to sea on a daily basis and bringing back fine catch from the very fertile Celtic Sea. Timoleague AbbeySituated in the most colorful town of Timoleague with its array of multi-colored houses we stop to explore the 13th century Timoleague Abbey founded by Darthmount McCormick McCarthy king of Desmond. It will introduce us to how Christian Communicty existed in the early ages.Garret's town/Old Head of KinsaleOnce again we take a coastal drive via Garret's town beach and the old head of Kinsale, off which the Lusitania was sunk in 1915. Here over 1924 souls perished on this faithful day. This area was headline news in the early 1980s when a statue of the Virgin Mary started moving. Thousands flocked to see this phenomena, hoping to get a vision of the blessed Virgin herself.KinsaleWe make our way to Kinsale where you will enjoy 2 hours free-time! Kinsale is known as one of the prettiest towns in Ireland. Nestling in the shelter of Kinsale Harbour this town is truly a joy to explore. Walk the medieval lane ways and visit some of the historic buildings. There is a great selection of small shops, and if you are hungry a wide choice of lunch options. Kinsale is well known as the gourmet capital of Ireland, so you have an opportunity at this lunch stop to taste many local dishes along with a vast array of seafood plates.Charles FortWe will spend approximately 1 hour at Charles Fort (Admission included) Charles Fort is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort. As one of the largest military installations in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some well known events in Irish history. From the Fort you will also enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Kinsale Harbour and the West Cork coast.
7-Day Ultimate Tour of Ireland from Dublin
Day 1 - CorkDepart Dublin at 9:00am and travel west to the magical South West. Visit the medieval round tower, chapel and castle steeped in 1000 years of history at The Rock of Cashel. Travel south to one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, Cork. Onward to kiss the Blarney Stone! Spend the night in west Cork’s stunning harbour town of Kinsale - renowned for its award winning restaurants and dramatic scenery.Day 2 - Ring of KerryAfter a stand up paddle depart Kinsale for the Ring of Kerry. Visit Killarney National Park, Ross Castle and Torc Waterfall on the world famous Ring of Kerry. After lunch in Killarney travel on the most beautiful ring roads in the world, wrapped up in history, tradition and spectacular scenery. Take incredible photos at the cliff edge in Portmagee. Stay in the coastal town of Dingle. Soak up the atmosphere in Dingle’s famous pubs and restaurants.Day 3 - DingleKayak in the morning to meet our famous dolphin, Fungie in Dingle Bay. Let our expert guides take you on a breathtaking trip along Slea Head. Finish the perfect day at the Dingle Distillery. Sample their celebrated whiskey and gin. Get educated on the history of whiskey production. Spend another night in the buzzing town of Dingle.Day 4 - Cliffs of Moher/LahinchLeave Dingle via the dramatic Connor Pass.Cross the River Shannon to leave the South West behind. Enter county Clare, home to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and the Burren National Park. Spend the evening in Lahinch, the hometown of Irish surfing. Weather and waves permitting we will take a plunge in the Atlantic ocean.Day 5 - GalwayVisit the 16th century Dunghuaire Castle in Kinvara - The gateway to Ireland's Culture Capital Galway. Galway is renowned for its pleasures. Brightly painted pubs heave with live music, while cafes offer front-row seats for observing street performers and musicians. After a historical cycling tour through Galway enjoy an evening of entertainment, great food and 'craic'.Day 6 - Aran IslandsSail across Galway Bay to the Aran Islands. Explore the largest Island Inishmore. Meet the locals and pick up a few “Gaelic” words. Cycle to the stone fort Dún Aenghus, which lies 100m over the ocean before sailing back to the mainland. Depart Rosaveal Pier for the stunning town of Westport. Take in the breathtaking views of Connemara National Park and the famous famine trail on route. Unwind with some local craft beers and excellent food in Westport Town. A trad music session at Matt Molloy's Bar is a must.Day 7 - WestportFinish your tour with a climb up our most iconic mountain, Croagh Patrick. Learn about the man responsible for St. Patrick’s Day. This is the best finish to an unforgettable Irish tour. Arrive back in Dublin armed with recommendations if you have a bit of time left on holiday.