From Cork, our on-the-road trip in Ireland continues with a stop a little further south in the colorful town of Kinsale. Here we take a long stroll through its picturesque old town and then walk to the old Charles Fort along the Scilly Walk, a hiking trail that leads from the town centre to the fort along the seacoast and offers great panoramic views of the harbor and town.
We leave Cork after a long, restful night’s sleep and a rich Irish breakfast prepared by our B&B, the Gabriel House Guesthouse, which hosted us for one night. From there, our road trip to Ireland continues towards Kinsale, just south of Cork.
Kinsale is about half an hour’s drive from Cork and getting there will not be difficult at all. You will certainly recognize it as soon as you start strolling through its alleyways because it is featured in so many articles and social media posts about Ireland. Less famous – but no less scenic – is the nearby Charles Fort, which we will reach with a short walk from the city centre. In this article we tell you about all these places and give you all the information and some useful tips for planning your visit!
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One of Kinsale’s main attractions is located…just outside Kinsale! It is Charles Fort, an old 17th century star-shaped fort that is still well preserved and also offers a stunning panoramic view of the bay – one more reason to visit it! This incredible building, declared a National Monument in 1973, was built by the British to prevent French and Spanish attacks and was used for military purposes until the early 1900s. Reaching it from Kinsale is extremely easy, either by car or on foot. By car, you will find a large car park just in front of the Fort. However, our advice is to get here on foot, taking the famous Scilly Walk, a hiking trail that leads from the town centre to the fort along the coast and offers amazing panoramic views of the harbour and Kinsale. You can find our out-and-back route on Outdooractive.
Charles Fort can be visited during the summer months daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last admission at 5 p.m.) and during the winter months from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.). The entrance ticket costs € 5.00 per adult (approx. CHF 4.80). Inside you will find a small exhibition room telling the history of the place and an open-air café, which however is closed during the winter months.
More information can be found at this link.
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Kinsale is in our opinion an unmissable stop for a roadtrip to Ireland. We chose to arrive here at lunchtime but wished we had more time to discover it. So our suggestion is to spend at least a full day here – especially if you plan to walk the Scilly Walk – and stay overnight.
If you plan to spend the night here, and if you’re arriving by car, our advice is to avoid the ‘pay and display’ car parks located along the narrow streets of the centre and use the large free car park located near St. Multose Church, here.
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