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A real Gem to escape too! Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale (from the Irish, Ceann tSaile - 'Head of the Sea') is now known as the 'Culinary Capital of Ireland'.

Located on the south west coast of Ireland, Kinsale is full of history, character and charm.

In the 17th & 18th centuries Kinsale was an important English naval base, and it still has a distinct Georgian flavour. With its yacht-filled harbour, brightly painted cottages, bow-windowed houses & displays of flowers in pots, tub and hanging baskets, it marks the beginning of scenic West Cork.

Only 18 miles from Cork, it is ideally placed as a deep-sea angling & yachting centre. Boat charter fishing excursions can be organised at the local Marina. Kinsale is internationally recognised as the gourmet capital of Ireland, with a large selection of pubs & restaurants to cater for all tastes.

There is always a traditional welcome & a selection of entertainment by day and by night. A wide range of festivals are held during the year, Arts Week, Jazz Festival, Gourmet Festival, Comedy Festival, Kinsale Karnival, Kinsale Regatta, Sovereign Cups, The Vintage Rally and Kinsale 7’s by the Sea (For more information please visit

Perhaps join a historical walking or geology tour, go horse riding or whale watching; Learn to sail, snorkel or kayak; take a pottery or art lesson or perhaps learn to cook – anything is possible!

Kinsale caters for visitors of all ages – and for all sporting enthusiasts both land and sea based.

You are also only 10 minutes from the ‘Old Head’ – one of the worlds’ most recognised and respected Golf courses. 

However relaxed or active you wish to be on your holiday  - Kinsale offers you multiple choices and allows you to take things at your own pace.