Visitors to Kinsale are captivated by its beautiful waterfront setting, its yacht-filled harbour, narrow winding streets and brightly painted galleries, shops and houses.
Kinsale is the self-proclaimed culinary capital of Ireland, with some of the best seafood in the country and its annual Gourmet Festival attracts foodies from around the world. Every Wednesday, Kinsale plays host to a vibrant farmers market with up to 30 stalls covering the full range of locally produced food products.
Steeped in History
A walk through the narrow, colourful streets of Kinsale gives a sense of the town’s unique 1000 year history. There are many interesting sites which are worth a visit. Charles Fort and James Fort are two 17th century bastion forts built to defend the port of Kinsale. Like many of the historical sites of the town, both forts are free to visit. Further sites of interest include Desmond Castle, Lusitania Museum & Signal Tower and St. Multose Church.
Kinsale Golf Club is a championship course located on the outskirts of Kinsale, which has a long and distinguished history, tracing its origins back to 1880. Old Head of Kinsale occupies a stunning headland reaching out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean.
Ride the Waves
If you’d like to learn to sail you’ll find Kinsale Yacht Club which is just a short stroll from the town centre is open to new members. Fancy taking a surf lesson or a harbour cruise? You’ll find these and much more on offer from the various companies who ply their trade on the waters around Kinsale.
Kinsale Community School
Kinsale has a thriving youthful community with five primary schools, including a gael scoil and one centrally located post primary school, Kinsale Community School. KCS is famed for its success in the BT Young Scientist of the Year Competition and has won 92 awards over the years, including the overall award three times. These schools are an integral part of the Kinsale brand and its wider community.