A wonderful place to spend a day or longer, Kinsale is one of Ireland’s most beautiful seaside towns.
The quaint crooked streets wind lazily into the distance, revealing the town’s medieval heritage. Many of them lead to Kinsale’s stunning bay.
A popular place for yachting, deep-sea fishing and water sports, there are always plenty of boats in the harbour.
Places to Eat in Kinsale
Kinsale is also a wonderful place to dine and has even been hailed as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, although nearby Cork might have something to say about that! There are lots of wonderful pubs, cafés and restaurants here, including my favourites Man Friday and Fishy Fishy. The fish simply could not be fresher here in Kinsale, and whatever your favourite seafood is, chances are you will find it beautifully prepared and served at one of the local eateries.
If it’s a breakfast, a light luncheon or afternoon tea you are looking for, I recommend you visit Perryville Gift Shop and Garden Tea Room.
The shop is full of beautiful things for home, kitchen and garden and the pretty tea room serves wonderful repasts. My cousin and I enjoyed delicious smoked chicken salads, beautifully garnished with edible flowers one lunchtime. We managed to resist the cakes…but not for long. After an afternoon wandering through Kinsale’s delightful streets we returned for afternoon tea in the garden.
Perryville House also offers bed and breakfast accommodation. They are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they plan to reopen in March 2021.
More Things to Do in Kinsale
Full of quirky little shops selling far more than just the usual tourist fair, Kinsale is a wonderful place to pick up a souvenir of your travels. From knitwear to china, there’s something beautiful for everyone available here. You can also enjoy one of Dermot Ryan’s Heritage Town Walks. If something more adventurous takes your fancy, there’s fishing, whale watching and scenic tours of the coastline available, as well as kayaking and sailing. Horse riding and golf are also available nearby.
Just outside the main town centre you will find perhaps the best known historical location in Kinsale, Charles Fort. It’s one of the best surviving examples of a 17th century star shaped fort and much of the original fort still exists. It continued in military use until 1922 but today regular guided tours are available all year round.
Whether you prefer a relaxed day out or something a bit more active, Kinsale really does offer something for everyone. Only 18 miles drive through beautiful countryside from the city of Cork, Kinsale is a wonderful place for a taste of Ireland’s beautiful coast, some of their very best food, and fantastic hospitality.
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