Originally a medieval fishing port, the stunning town of Kinsale is one of the most picturesque, popular and historic towns on the south west coast of Ireland, a region renowned for its rugged coastline.
Kinsale is an idyllic harbour location only 18 miles from Cork city. The starting point of the "Wild Atlantic Way", it is the gateway to west cork. Kinsale is a yachting and deep-sea angling centre and a world class golf destination.
Kinsale is a busy town for both locals and tourists. The colourful winding streets of Kinsale are a delight, and you will discover dozens of interesting shops for gifts, crafts, paintings, locally designed fashions, art galleries and books. Enjoy one of the guided historical walking tours or the hilarious ghost tour... or simply explore one of the sign posted walks along the coastal paths. Visit the historial forts of Jamesfort and Charlesfort, both just a short drive from Kinsale town.
Kinsale has earned the reputation of "Gourmet Capital of Ireland" with no shortage of cafes, pubs and restaurants to suit every taste and budget.
However relaxed or active you wish to be on your holiday, Kinsale offers you a world of choice but allows you to take things at your own pace.