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Kinsale is situated in the estuary of the river Bandon, nestling among hills that hide it from the open sea. Because of its situation it is a historic port and is still very popular with pleasure sailors and anglers. Two forts guard the approach to the sea and one of the most significant battles in Irish History was fought here. The battle was in 1601 and was fought when an Irish army had traveled from the north of Ireland to relieve an English siege on the town that was held by the Spanish. Against the odds the Irish lost the battle, and this defeat marked the end of the ancient Gaelic aristocracy in Ireland.

In addition to its visual charms, the town has become a home of good food, especially seafood, and holds an annual festival to celebrate.

Tourist Information Office: 021/477-2234
Near the main bus stop at the head of the harbor, giving free maps
and brochures. Open July to August Monday - Saturday 9:15 - 19.00,
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00, March to June and September to November
Monday - Saturday 9:30 - 17:30, closed Sundays.
Shorter hours December to February.

Festivals and Annual Events

Charles Fort is half a mile south of Kinsale town in Summercove. This is a 17th century star shaped fort, which is very well preserved and has seen very little military action. 45 minute tours depart every hour, last entry is 45 minutes before closing, €4 per adult, covered by Heritage Card, open daily mid-March to October 10am - 6pm, November to mid - March 10am - 5pm. See www.heritageireland.ie.

James Fort is 2 miles south of town on Pier Road.
This is an older fort and is on the other side of the river and is in much poorer condition but it is definitely worth a visit.

Historic Stroll in Old Kinsale
An engaging and fun tour of the town's history. Leaves Tourist Office daily at 11:15am. Duration: approx one hour, Cost €6.
Tel 087 2500731.

Walking and Historical Tours

Ghost Tour
Mobile 087-948-0910.
A slapstick-style horror-humour tour lasting approx 90 minutes, €10, May to September M-F leaves at 9PM at the Tap Tavern.

Marine Activity
There are plenty of outdoor activities on offer locally, many of them water based at Kinsale Yacht Club, Oysterhaven Activity Centre or Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre.

Whale & Dolphin Watching Full day, half day and evening trips for groups large and small. Tel: 0871256199

There are three good golf courses on the outskirts of the town; Old Head Golf Club, Ringenane Golf Club and Kinsale Golf Club. Fishing is very popular in the area both inland, along the shores of the River Bandon, and deep sea with boat trips available to book at Kinsale Harbour.

There are a number of excellent Blue Flag beaches in the area. Both Garretstown and Garrylucas (White Strand) beaches are just over 8km from Kinsale and can be reached by following the R600 to Ballinspittle village. Garretstown beach in particular is renowned for its surf and equipment is available to rent on the beach.

Eating Out

www. kinsalerestaurants.com

Here are some of our favourites:

The Black Pig
The Stolen Pizza
Shanghai Express

Fancy a Pint?
Kinsale's many pubs have a lively atmosphere, all near the center of town:
An Seanachai, Main Street.
The Tap Tavern Below St. Multose Church, has music on Thursday nights
The Bulman Bar Near Charles Fort, has great music sessions Tuesday, Thursday, & Sunday at 9:30pm, Wednesday folk session at 9:30pm, get there a half hour early to ensure a seat.Tel: (021)477-2131
The Spaniard Inn is a ten minute walk from town out onto the Scilly Peninsula, music at 9:30pm on Wednesdays, arrive an hour before to ensure a seat. Tel: (021)477-2436

Bicycle Hire
Mylie Murphy's on Pearse Street €10 for full day's rental


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