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You’re in for a treat when you stay in Kinsale. This charming harbour town is dotted with unique shops and pubs, and, of course, its restaurants are legendary. Whatever your palate, you’re sure to eat well in Kinsale.
Kinsale has always been synonymous with wonderful food, earning it to the title of gourmet capital of everywhere from Ireland to the world. Home to more than 60 dining outlets, it has something for everyone, whether you’re after the perfect fish and chips or some sublime fine dining. And if you’re into cooking, there are great deli's and stores stocked with local artisan products.
Kinsale is not just a haven for gourmet dining and elegant sailing boats. It shows its muscular side in May, when dozens of mens and ladies’ teams descend on the town for three days of serious rugby and a generous prize fund. A tented village offers entertainment and refreshment, and the Kinsale Rugby Sevens after party is not to be missed.
A classic example of a late 17th-century star-shaped fort, Charles Fort is one of the largest military installations in Ireland. Momentous historic events with which it is associated include the Williamite War of 1690 and the Irish Civil War of 1922 - 23.
The scenic Scilly Walk (known locally as the Salmon Walk) is a relatively easy 4km walk from the town of Kinsale. Taking in Summercove and Scilly, it starts at the “Sli na Slainte” sign opposite the Perryville Hotel and continues for 2km. You can continue a further 600 metres to Charles Fort before retracing your steps.
The Kinsale Gourmet Festival takes place every October to celebrate Kinsale’s stellar culinary status. Events include a celebrity chef cook-off, Mad Hatters Taste of Kinsale, Fruits de Mer, and a chef swap with Newport Rhode Island (Kinsale’s twin town).
Located on Cork Street in the town centre, Desmond Castle is an imposing structure originally built around 1500 as an urban tower house for the Earl of Desmond. Since then, it has functioned as a customs house, prison, ordnance store, and workhouse. The museum charts the history of the Wine Geese, a fascinating story of Ireland’s wine links with Europe and the wider world.
Everything revolves around the sea in Kinsale, a town with a strong focus on sailing tuition, yacht charter, and sea angling. If all that rugged coastline gives you an urge to explore, rent your own motor boat, go sea kayaking, or take a rib ride and go whale watching.
Now an established feature of Kinsale’s cultural scene, Kinsale Arts Festival presents local artists alongside experienced practitioners in venues outside the realm of traditional cultural spaces. For nine days in July, exepct to see everywhere from churches and boats to halls and harbours transformed into stages for theatre, music, literature, food, film, dance, and visual art.
Scheduled to coincide with the annual Cork Jazz Festival, the Kinsale Fringe Festival is in no way eclipsed by its big brother. It offers a great lineup of leading jazz and blues musicians in an intimate setting. Free performances take place over the October bank holiday weekend in no fewer than 15 venues across the town.
Located in the heart of Kinsale, the Regional Museum is housed in a fascinating building dating from about 1600 and featuring additions from 1706. The courthouse here was used for the inquest into the sinking of the liner Lusitania in 1915.
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Welcome to a superb three-star townhouse in the coastal town of Kinsale. Overlooking the marina and the outer harbour, yet situated within ten minutes' walk of the bustling centre of Kinsale, this recently refurbished property is ideally located for either a quiet break or a more activity based holiday. The spacious downstairs garage area of the house offers excellent storage facilities for outdoor pursuits.
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This 3-star, 3-bedroom house is located in a development of houses just 5 minutes’ walk from Kinsale Town. Refurbished and modernised, it sleeps 6 in one double bed and four singles.
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