Kinsale (Irish: Cionn tSáile) is a small town in West Cork, Southwest Ireland.


Kinsale Harbour

Kinsale is situated in the estuary of the river Bandon, nestling among hills that hide it from the open sea. Because of its location it is an historic port and is still very popular with pleasure sailors and anglers.

Two forts, James Fort and Charles Fort, guard the approach to the sea. The Siege of Kinsale, one of the most significant battles in Irish history, took place here in 1601. It was fought when an Irish army had travelled from the north of Ireland to relieve an English siege on the town that was held by the Spanish. Against the odds the Irish lost the battle, and this defeat marked the end of the ancient Gaelic aristocracy in Ireland.

In addition to its visual charms, the town has become a home of good food, especially seafood, and holds an annual festival to celebrate.

Get in

If you have not already rented a car for your trip, the easiest way to get to Kinsale is via taxi, or by bus.

By taxi

Taxis await in a line ("queue") just outside the front entrance to the terminal at Cork Airport, and are always present. Count on spending €25-30 for the 30 minute drive.

By bus

Bus Éireann run buses to and from Kinsale hourly every day. The 226 bus service runs from the bus station in Cork City to Kinsale via Cork Airport. View Timetable. Note that the 226A services Cork Airport only.

By car

Get around

By taxi

There are two taxi companies operating in Kinsale:

By foot

Kinasle is a small town and it is easy to walk around.


Charles Fort
Desmond Castle
James Fort
The Museum
Inside the Museum


Kinsale town centre



Kinsale is a gourmet centre with many restaurants for all prices and tastes.


Kinsale's many pubs have a lively atmosphere, all near the center of town:


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