The town of Kinsale
Kinsale is steeped in history, with the Battle of 1601 being prominent around the town. Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale (from the Irish, Ceann tSaile – ‘Head of the Sea’) is one of the most picturesque, popular and historic towns on the south west coast of Ireland.
Kinsale is in County Cork and just 25km from Cork City and Cork International Airport and is the gateway to scenic ‘West Cork’ and the start/finish point of the Wild Atlantic Way, the 2,500km coastal journey from Kinsale, Co Cork to Inishowen, Co Donegal. A stunning location right beside the sea.
Kinsale is renowned as the ‘Gourmet Capital of Ireland’ with some of the best restaurants and freshest produce – especially seafood…
From breakfast to lunch in some of their wonderful cafés to dinner at amazing restaurants you have it all in Kinsale! Of course, food is not the only thing to be found in Kinsale. Beautiful beaches are within easy range of Kinsale, with one – The Dock Beach – just a few minutes from the edge of town while Garretstown Beach is only 10-15 minutes by car. Depending on the time of year a “water taxi” sometimes run from the Dock Bar into Kinsale for those that might want a few pints after a day at the beach and would prefer to be taken home! Other local beaches include Sandycove and Garrylucas (White Strand) Beach.
Along with food you need a drink of course, and Kinsale offers this in abundance. Blacks Brewery of Kinsale brews their own beers and has also started distilling whiskey, vodka, gin and rum. Brewery Tours are available with the Brewery located just on the edge of town. Kinsale Gin is also made in town while the Kinsale Mead Company called this beautiful part of Ireland their home.