Kinsale tourism

The beautiful coastal town of Kinsale is just a stone’s throw from Insiara B&B. Kinsale is famous for its gourmet restaurants, quaint streets, and beautiful harbour occupied by Irish fishing trawlers and yachts.

Kinsale is recognised as the gourmet capital of Ireland and you simply cannot leave Ireland without sampling the gourmet delights on offer in Kinsale. In most case the restaurants serve fish which was freshly caught a few hours ago!

Kinsale is steeped in history since it has been a centre of population, commerce, trade and fishing far beyond memory and record. The Battle of Kinsale, fought in 1601 between a combined Spanish, an Irish force and English armies, was a turning point in Irish history, and one can follow the route marched by the Irish Earls and read the story of the battle on placards located along the route. Other significant historical highlights include Charles Fort, the old Courthouse which is now a museum; St Multose Church which was used as a 'French Prison' in the 13th century, and Desmond Castle. 

The town of Kinsale is quaint and nestles between the hills and the shoreline. It has a maze of narrow streets full of colourful traditional pubs and gourmet restaurants. There is nothing more enjoyable than strolling through the decorative streets of Kinsale browsing in the traditional shops, for gifts, crafts, paintings, locally designed fashions, art galleries, book shops or taking fresh coffee in one of its many lovely café's. 

There are numerous sporting activities to be enjoyed in Kinsale. Its clean harbour and nearby beaches offers many opportunities for water sports such as sea angling, sailing, surfing, kite surfing, windsurfing, canoeing, snorkelling, scuba diving and many more! Equipment for many water sports can be hired at the many outdoor activity centres in the area. Relaxing harbour cruises and dolphin and whale watching tours are also available. For those who prefer to keep their feet dry, Kinsale also has three exquisite golf courses, and there are numerous treks and hiking routes.

Very close to Kinsale are some welcoming Irish fishing villages, including Sandycove, Summercove, and Ballinaspittal all of which are worth a visit. The old head of Kinsale is located a short drive from Kinsale town. The old head now host to one of Ireland’s most impressive links golf course. Play a round of golf or simple gaze at the magnificent coastal scenery here. It was off the old of head of Kinsale where the Lusitania was sunk in 1915 with a loss of over 1,500 lives.