aritime activities of course are an essential element of
life in Kinsale; cruising,
deep sea angling with blue shark
fishing, yacht charter, river trips, scuba diving, are all
available to visitors.
town boasts fine outdoor activity centres with full hire and
tuition facilities for windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, to all
levels available in Kinsale and Oysterhaven Centre.
Nearby beaches, coves, and inlets allow space and privacy for
bathing, swimming, snorkeling and, on some patrolled beaches,
surfing and body-boarding, with Blue Flag Beaches near Kinsale
such as Garrylucas and Garretstown.
Take your binoculars to the coast to see gannet, cormorant,
terns, gulls, and hosts of sea birds nesting on the sanctuary
cliffs of the Old Head. Or cruise up the Bandon river and
backwaters to see heron colonies, sandpipers, curlew, dunlin, in
an expanse of tranquillity and natural environment.
Kinsale boasts 3 fine Golf Courses in varying locations.
Kinsale Golf Club has a 9 hole parkland course and an eighteen
hole meadowland course, while The Old Head Golf links is a
spectacular 18 hole Links Championship course. Visitors are most
welcome at these courses.
Clay-bird shooting, horse riding, or pony trekking, guided
and self-guided walks, a maze of country roads awaiting
exploration by foot or bicycle, all within easy distance of the
Take in some great scenic walks such as the Scilly Walk
which can start at Charles Fort and goes right back into Kinsale
town which takes in a lovely water side walk with views over
Kinsale Harbour from Charles Fort. Equally views over
Kinsale Harbour and further can be found up at James Fort.
Sandycove also offers some great water side views.
towns offers a number of interesting tours which you can take
and hear the history and maritime activity of olden times, there
is also a tourist train which you can take from the town up to
Charles Fort if you prefer.