It was bright and sunny day. White, fluffy clouds drifted across the clear, blue sky. To make the most of the good weather and the time off, we took advantage of the glorious Irish weather and decided to undertake a road trip to Kinsale.
Kinsale (Cionn tSáile, meaning “Tide Head”), is undeniably one of the most picturesque, popular and historic towns in Cork. A half-hour drive from City Centre and it is at the southern tip of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Along the way there are quite number of view points where you have to stop as the views are truly breathtaking. Every angle is a postcard perfect. From a cheerful and colourful streets to historical castles and sublime beauty of estuary and greeneries.
The Town of Kinsale
At the harbour
First stop was at the harbour point, where there are many tourists taking the yachts and other water sports. In this area, you can see many restaurants, pubs and coffee shops; just a perfect place to unwind and be comfortable with grand majestic view of the harbour.
The Dock Sea
From harbour point we headed to the Dock Sea which is about 2.5 km drive. Small cove that is very popular with the locals. Located on other side of the Bandon river next to Castlepark Marina. After a couple of hours at the beach we sat for a cuppa and pint of Guinness at The Dock Bar. We had a wonderful time here — with such an amazing and lovely view. But please note if you will drop by here make sure you bring cash with you as they do not accept cards for payment.
The stunning Viewpoint
About 5 o’clock, we still have time to explore so we headed to Charles Fort, about 6.7 km from the Dock beach. While on the way, we noticed the spectacular panoramic view of the entire Kinsale Harbour so we stopped by at the Viewpoint to take some photographs — my most favourite part of the trip!
The Charles Fort
At the Charles Fort, you’d be amazed by its stunning sights. This impressive star-shaped fortifications of Charles Fort and James Fort guard the narrow entrance from the sea – giving clues to its rich history. It was built in the 17th century for military defensive purposes, and the seaside path along the Scilly Walk is both lovely and rewarding.
Overall, we had fun strolling at Kinsale – from stunning scenery, history and food; truly the gem of West Cork. A perfect weekend destination to unwind.