Kinsale has an international reputation as a food lovers paradise and indeed good food and wine is not hard to come by wherever you turn. Just twenty minutes from Cork City, Kinsale has long been the destination of choice for those city dwellers wanting to get away from it all in this atmospheric town dominated by its sailing and fishing past and present. The sheltered harbour is overlooked by Charles Fort a perfectly preserved Elizabethan Star Fort dating from the 17th Century a reminder of the town’s strategic importance. Nearby are the battle sites of the Battle of Kinsale, one of the most important moments in Irish history where Irish forces aided by the Spanish Armada were defeated decisively in 1601. The town still commemorates this event and you will notice the Spanish influence in pub names and indeed the magnificent replica Spanish Galleon mast down on the waterfront overlooking the modern sailing marina.
Kinsale wears its historical past lightly alongside a very modern outlook and is famous for its year round festivals ranging from the Arts, to rugby sevens, vintage car weekends, a sailing regatta and a fringe Jazz festival which runs alongside the Cork Jazz festival in late October (22nd – 25th October 2010).