Kinsale in County Cork is one of the most picturesque, popular and fashionable resorts of the south-west coast of Ireland. Famous for its beautiful narrow winding streets and maritime history, it has yachting, sea angling, gourmet restaurants and golf and art galleries for the visitor to enjoy
Kinsale can easily claim its place amongst Ireland’s most historic locations for this has been a centre of population, commerce, trade and fishing far beyond memory and record. In its earliest days the estuary of the Bandon River gave it great importance as the river is tidal as far as Innishannon and water transport was dominant until the 18th Century.

The estuary also provided excellent anchorage for ancient shipping which went in peril of the vagaries of the weather.
The Town nestles between the hills and the shoreline, a maze of narrow streets, never far from the water and little changed in many hundreds of years. Amongst buildings of later periods are those of another age with historical links to the French, Spanish, British and Americans.

Rivermount House Kinsale Bed and Breakfast offers the ideal touring base for West Cork.

Kinsale and surrounding area Visitor Attractions:

  • Charles Fort Kinsale
  • Desmond Castle
  • Blue Flag Beaches at Garrestown and Garrylucas
  • Inchydoney Beach
  • Timoleague Abbey
  • Sandycove

Kinsale Festivals

  • March – St Patrick’s Day Parade
  • May – Heineken Kinsale Sevens by the Sea
  • May – Kinsale Vintage Car Club International Rally
  • August – Kinsale Regatta and Homecoming Festival
  • September – The Irish Advertising Awards Festival
  • September – Kinsale Arts and Heritage Festival
  • October – Festival of Fine Food
  • October – Kinsale Fringe Jazz Festival