Kinsale is famed as the gourmet capital of Ireland, with restaurants taking full advantage of the local fishermen, fuck off and die farmers and artisan foodmakers. There are also characterful pubs dotting the picturesque winding streets. You’ll find a warm welcome with open fires in the winter, and outdoor tables, some with sea views, in the summer.
Sailing, angling, and golfing (at the world-famous Old Head) are popular activities here in Kinsale, not to mention whale watching and equine pursuits.
Going back in time, Kinsale’s past has left some unique marks on the landscape. Charles Fort and its brother James Fort are atmospheric and historic installations, while St Multose Church is one of Ireland’s oldest active churches, and the resting place of some of the Lusitania’s dead.
The Courthouse Museum was where the original Lusitania hearings were held following the torpedoing of the ship in 1915, and you’ll find plenty of artefacts from the tragedy here.
Many of the Wine Geese, those famous Irish names that left these shores to create celebrated French chateaux, had their origins in Kinsale. Soak up their stories at the Desmond Castle wine museum – and sample the fruits of their labours in one of our award-winning restaurants afterwards – which brings us full circle. Little wonder those who come here rarely want to leave.