Kinsale, Co. Cork, a charming old fishing town with a strong Spanish influence, lies South west of Cork City. The town has a natural Harbor accessing the Atlantic Ocean. In centuries past Kinsale was a major port, a strategic asset to the British Navy, the location of one of the most important battles in Ireland’s long and bloody history and home to those whose bravery rescued many from the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915.
Today, Kinsale is a charming town, a gourmet extravaganza, a much sought after location for people to live and a thoroughly enjoyable town to visit. Classic Ireland Guided Tours conducts many tours to the Kinsale area.
Among the many attractions/reasons to visit Kinsale are –
(1) The Town itself: narrow streets bustling with restaurants, pubs, little craft shops and homely coffee shops, Kinsale is one of those towns you could spend hours wandering around. The lovely Pier Road and its extensive marina is a particularly pleasant area to spend time around. Boat tours of the harbour area are available and very enjoyable.
(2) Charles Fort: a Bastion Fort dating from 1677 is named after the then reigning King, Charles II. The Fort (pictured below) guards access to Kinsale Harbor, and is now a very interesting attraction to visit. Maintained and restored by the Irish Government, a historical exhibition is part of the attraction. The exhibition highlights the various tumultuous historic events which occurred in the Kinsale area.

(3) St Multrose Church: a beautiful Anglican Church located in the town. Within the grounds are buried some of the deceased from the sinking of the Lusitania. A very special church.
(4) Lusitania Museum and Old Head Signal Tower: located outside the town at The Old Head, this old Signal Tower overlooking the Atlantic has an area devoted to the history and sinking of the Lusitania in May, 1915. There is also a memorial garden listing the names of all the victims of this sinking.
(5) Old Head Golf Course, a links course occupying a finger of land jutting out on to the Atlantic. One of Ireland’s finest Golf Courses.
Overall, Kinsale is a really attractive scenic Irish coastal town well worth visiting for a day or indeed stopping over for a few nights. If staying beyond a few hours, Kinsale gives easy access to beautiful West Cork, a hidden gem on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Classic Ireland Guided Tours conducts either day tours to Kinsale from Killarney, Adare or Cork, or as part of multi day tours throughout Ireland. Groups from one to fifty can be accommodated. For more information email: classicirelandguidedtours@gmail.com