Your Essential Guide to Kinsale
Things to do in Kinsale? We’ve picked out some of the best of the area to make planning your trip even easier.
Kinsale is a large town in County Cork, located near the capital of the County, Cork City, and a spectacularly scenic part of West Ireland. Meaning countless options for walking and taking in the views!
The town is known globally for its food, earning the name ‘Ireland’s Gourmet Capital’.
It’s an ideal base for water sports and outdoor activities, making it your perfect destination?
Read on to find out…
Things to do in Kinsale
To the Beach!
In around near Kinsale there are three beaches in total – Garretstown Beach, The Dock Beach and the Garrylucas Beach – PLUS an island.
Garretstown beach is similar to the Garrylucas beach, has parking and toilet facilities, and is located outside the town of Kinsale. This beach is ideal for water activities and popular with surfers.
The Dock Beach
The Dock Beach is a much-loved beach among locals and people from nearby areas and is very safe beach thanks to cover from from both sides. There’s marina nearby, so it could be the ideal beach if you are a boat-owner.
Gerrylucas beach, popularly known as the White Strand beach, is a large beach located outside of the town. The beach has wonderful sand dunes, public toilets and car parking facilities. The beach is quite large and is popular in the summer months.
Sandycove Island is a relaxing spot and well worth a little effort to reach! During high tides the only way to get to the island is by swimming. Seas can get rough round this time, so only experienced swimmers should take on the challenge. Once you are on the island, you can relax play a few games around the island and take in the sun in good weather. We recommend going to the island in groups to enjoy its full potential.
Arts in Kinsale
The Kinsale area has a great love of the arts with pottery being a a big part of the art life in Kinsale, where they even have their own pottery school. The school is the largest of its kind in the South of Ireland and provides courses for all abilities in pottery, glass making, jewelry and mosaic making.
You’ll also find an art gallery on the main street of the town. Local art such as the Old Head is featured in this gallery as well as art from across Ireland.
Latitude Kinsale is a unique type of art that you can only see in this part of Ireland. Latitude make three dimensional art from maps and charts, winning international demand for their work.
More to do in Kinsale
There are multiple walking tours around the area, all offering stunning views, and food tours on offer too. Other activities include golf, cycling and much more.
Don’t pass up a chance to see the nearby Charles Fort!
Food and Drink in Kinsale
Overall in Kinsale there are over 20 bars, restaurants and cafes. The town is known for its exquisite food, popularly known as ‘Ireland’s Gourmet Capital’. You will find a mixed range of Irish, traditional, seafood and many more types of dishes being served here using quality local ingredients.
Bastion is a restaurant offering outstanding food with a touch of elegance. The restaurant has received a Michelin Bib Gourmand, one of 16 in the whole of Ireland, and has a 100-bottle strong wine list!
The Manfriday restaurant is a well-known restaurant in Kinsale. Established in 1978, it serves a mixture of great foods with a focus on seafood.
Other great restaurants of the town include Max’s Wine Bar, Jim Edwards Pub Grub, Fishy Fishy and Finn’s table.
Hamlets of Kinsale is much more than ”just’ a pub-grub destination, attracting awards and an army of loyal customers.
The little Lemon Leaf Cafe on main street of the town is a beautiful little cafe with a tea house feel. Recommended with relaxing with a sweet treat!