Located at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way, every visitor to Kinsale is captivated by its beautiful setting, with the long waterfront, narrow winding streets and Compass Hill rising sharply behind the town. The old fortifications of Charles Fort and James Fort guard the narrow entrance to Kinsale from the sea. As you arrive into Kinsale, take in the breath-taking views at Charles Fort – a 17th century fort and a classic example of a star-shaped fort. It has five bastions and within its walls were all the barracks and ancillary facilities to support the fort’s garrison.
The coastal scenery continues via the Old Head of Kinsale, where the Germans sunk the Lusitania ocean liner during WWI, and onto the colorful towns of Timoleague and Clonakility
Clonakilty is a town in West Cork full of charm, colourful shop fronts with masterful, handpainted signs and warm welcomes. Thanks to its gentle and generous nature, this corner has a wonderful food culture. West Cork’s farmers, award-winning artisan producers and chefs are leading Ireland’s culinary revolution. From traditional pubs to world-class restaurants, at local farmers’ markets, and long-established food festivals, you can enjoy great food right across West Cork.
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