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Kinsale is perhaps best known as Ireland’s fine food capital due to its numerous excellent restaurants, many of which feature fresh, locally caught seafood. The town’s culinary tradition is celebrated every October during the ‘Kinsale Gourmet Festival’. In addition to its many restaurants, the town is home to a wide variety of traditional pubs, cafés, wine bars and some fabulous, family run delicatessens. The town also boasts it’s own cookery school which offers a variety of courses throughout the year.
For over 300 years, Kinsale was a garrison town and busy port, this is evident in the two forts and Desmond Castle protecting the town and the many samples of Georgian and Victorian architecture.
Kinsale has a strong seafaring tradition and the coast along this part of Cork offers excellent cruising. Kinsale Yacht Club has long been established as a significant sailing centre and hosts a large number of sailing fixtures throughout the year in addition to courses for various levels of competency. Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre also offers a wide variety of water based courses for all ages throughout the year. These include power boating, canoeing and body boarding. Windsurfing and canoeing is also available at the Oysterhaven Activity Centre.
Kinsale is also known for its superb deep sea fishing and Blue Shark is a speciality of the town. The shipwreck of the Lusitania lies just 18.5Km out from the Old Head of Kinsale and is a very popular angling site. There is also excellent game angling in the river Bandon where trout and salmon are plentiful. Fishing trips can be booked locally at the harbour as can whale and dolphin watching trips which take people out to the waters between Ram Head and Old Head.
In addition to it’s many water based activities, Kinsale has plenty more on offer including three excellent local golf courses, one of which is the world famous Old Head Golf Links, horse riding, clay bird shooting, archery and. But if you fancy something less strenuous, why not try one of the many guided heritage walks through the town or while away the hours in the town’s many galleries and craft shops?
Our self catering accommodation in Kinsale is 3 hour’s drive from Dublin, 3 ½ hours from Rosslare Harbour, 40 minutes from Cork City and 2 ½ hours from Shannon Airport.
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