Kinsale and it’s Charm


I live fairly close to the lovely town of Kinsale, in County Cork, and it is a place that always has a buzz about it, gets lots of visitors, has plenty cafes, restaurants and bars,  (sometimes known as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland).  There are great walks such as the Scilly Walk,  which is a 4km trail along by the sea, which brings you to a 400 year old fort (Charles Fort) that has been restored and is a major tourist attraction.   This is a star shaped fort and was occupied by the British when the  battle of Kinsale took place in 1601, when the British were almost defeated by the combined forces of the Spanish and Irish armies.   The fort was restored in later years, and was declared a national monument in 1973.    On the walk to Charles Fort, should you be in need of some light refreshments, or even a pint, there are some very nice pubs, such as the Spaniard, one of the oldest pubs in Kinsale, or the Bulman, which is in Summercove, and is a great place to sit outside and watch the world go by, on a sunny day.

A few miles further on from the town is the Old Head of Kinsale, where there is a lighthouse, and in 1915 the RMS Lusitania, a Cunard ocean liner,  sank off the Old Head, during the first world war.  The ship was torpedoed by a German U Boat, and sank in 20 minutes, with the loss of over 1000 passengers.

This past weekend was the Guiness Cork Jazz Festival, and Kinsale, which is only about 20 minutes drive from Cork, also holds a jazz festival on the same weekend, so there is a great choice of places to hear live music.

Kinsale is also a great fishing and yachting town, and you can see the fishing boats coming in every morning to bring fresh fish to the restaurants and fishmongers.   As a child I remember coming down to the pier close to one of the local hotels, where there was often a shark being weighed straight off a fishing boat.

Above are some photos so you can see some of its charm for yourself.

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Looking Inward with Lily
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 02:48:50

    Love Kinsale! My aunt lives there and we visit every time we return to Ireland. Charles Fort is awesome. We like to grab a bite to eat and Kinsale has many wonderful restaurants and pubs.

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  2. janeykate
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 14:19:42

    Kinsale looks beautiful, Beautiful photo’s of the boats. I love to watch the fishing boats come in with their catch at home, lots of it goes straight to the local restaurants. The fish in my home town is probably some of the best you can get, as it’s always really fresh.

    It looks like the weather was kind too.
    Jane x

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  3. The Silver Voice
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 20:03:19

    Ah lucky you,living so near to one of my favourite places! Love the narrow streets, the seascape with all its boats, the lovely little shops, and of course Fishy Fishy 🙂 Thank you for transporting me back there on this dark autumn evening!

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  4. Dermot Ryan
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 15:31:08

    Thanks for promoting our town with your photos and comments.

    If you look at the website kinsaleheritage.com you will find a one page history of the town, the Kinsale Memo or you can e-mail to dermotryankinsale@gmail.com

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  5. Claremary P. Sweeney
    Aug 16, 2015 @ 17:32:56

    This brought back lovely memories of my visits to Kinsale. I think I’ll return soon.

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  6. Claremary P. Sweeney
    Aug 16, 2015 @ 17:38:09

    This brings to mind a lovely B&B I stayed at in Kinsale back in the 70’s I remember 2 children who told us stories of the famous battle that had taken place in the fields below the window where we sat. The mom had connections to Newport, RI where she had lived for a while. nice memories.

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