Local Activities


Walking around the town of Kinsale you can enjoy browsing in its many shops, for gifts, crafts, paintings, locally designed fashions, art galleries, book shops or take time out in one of its many lovely café's and bars. Winding along the many little streets in Kinsale, is a delight. Stop off and enjoy Kinsale's Harbour views once you have visited Charles Fort, and down town stop at the water front and enjoy the marina activity. 

There are many guided tours around Kinsale and little walks to explore around the Kinsale area including a visit to Sandycove, just a short drive from Kinsale town where you can  enjoy a visit to James Fort and the fantastic views it offers or sit and enjoy its little beach nearby. Take a stroll along the Scilly Walk which can go from Charles Fort all the way into Kinsale town or start middle way in the walk a little way after the Bulman Pub and enjoy. 

Garretstown and Garrylucas are the Blue Flag Beaches close by to Kinsale if you are looking for a dip in Irish waters. Ballinspittle is the next village over from Kinsale which you can take a drive to and take a walk in Garrettstown Woods afterwards. Why not hire a boat and enjoy the waters around Kinsale for experience Whale watching and maybe some basking sharks, or just enjoy some angling on board, where on some boats rods and tackle are supplied, with the waters out from Kinsale onto the Atlantic being popular for pollack, mackeral and cod. 

Something for the entire family to enjoy is all the water based activities at the Oysterhaven Centre, which is tucked away in its own safe little bay perfect to enjoy tuition on windsurfing, sailing and kayaking, or just hire the equipment and head to the water. The evening can be spent enjoying a meal in one of the many excellent well know restaurants and relaxing with a drink in one of its many pubs.

On a spare afternoon we would recommend visiting the Scilly and Sandycove area, with its beach and bay areas, taking in the views from Charles Fort, visiting the craft shops or simply enjoying a gourmet meal in one of Kinsale's many restaurants.  Within easy reach of Kinsale are Ballinspittle, Timoleague and Courtmacsherry, Inishannon and Bandon, local towns and villages.