“Originally a medieval fishing port, the coastal enclave of Kinsale (from the Irish, Ceann tSaile – ‘Head of the Sea’) is fabled far and wide for its beauty and rich history. Recently hailed by Conde Nast as one of Ireland’s most beautiful towns, it consistently punches above its weight.”
Located at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way, Kinsale town is famous for its colourful streetscapes and rich history, fuelled by great people, food, boutiques & events. Kinsale is a vibrant coastal town with an energetic personality that will keep you entertained all year round!
Kinsale is a town on the southern coast of Ireland, in County Cork. Two 17th-century fortresses overlook the River Bandon: the vast, star-shaped Charles Fort to the southeast, and the smaller James Fort on the river’s opposite bank.
The 16th-century courthouse building houses the Kinsale Regional Museum, with a variety of displays on local history and information about the 1915 sinking of the RMS Lusitania.
Kinsale is 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.
Visitors to Kinsale are captivated by its spectacular waterfront setting and mediaeval influences. Brightly coloured buildings vie for attention with the glorious harbour which sustains the town.