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The Insider's Guide to Kinsale

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Living it Up in Kinsale: Your Insider's Guide to Top Attractions, Culinary Hotspots, Nightlife, and More. Discover the Best Recreational Activities, Connect with Friendly Locals, and Experience the Charm of the City.

Welcome to Kinsale! If you're planning to move to Kinsale, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Kinsale has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Kinsale.

Kinsale, a historic port and fishing town in County Cork, Ireland, is a treasure trove of attractions for both tourists and locals. One of the most notable sites is Charles Fort, a star-shaped fortress dating back to the 17th century, offering panoramic views of the town and harbour. The fort is a National Monument and is open to the public for tours. Another historic site is James Fort, located on the other side of the harbour, which also offers stunning views and a glimpse into Ireland's past.

For those interested in maritime history, the Kinsale Museum houses a collection of artifacts and exhibits related to the town's rich seafaring past. The museum is located in the old Courthouse building, another historic site worth visiting. The Desmond Castle and International Museum of Wine, a 15th-century tower house, offers insight into the history of the Irish wine trade and the life of the soldiers and prisoners who once lived there.

St. Multose Church, built in the 12th century, is one of the oldest buildings in Kinsale and still in use today. The church's graveyard is the final resting place of many notable figures from Kinsale's history. The colourful streets of Kinsale town itself, lined with unique shops and art galleries, are also a delight to explore.

The restaurant and nightlife scene in Kinsale is vibrant and diverse, reflecting the town's reputation as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland. Fishy Fishy Restaurant, run by celebrity chef Martin Shanahan, is renowned for its fresh seafood dishes. The Bulman Bar and Toddies Restaurant offer a cosy atmosphere and a menu featuring local produce. For a fine dining experience, the Michelin-starred Bastion serves innovative dishes in a stylish setting.

For a taste of traditional Irish pub culture, visit The Spaniard, known for its live music and warm atmosphere. Dalton's Bar is another popular spot, offering a wide selection of beers and spirits. The Folk House Bar, with its extensive whiskey collection and regular live music, is a favourite among locals and tourists alike.

Recreational activities in Kinsale are largely centred around the town's stunning natural surroundings. The Old Head of Kinsale, a dramatic coastal promontory, is a popular spot for walking and bird watching. The area is also home to the Old Head Golf Links, one of the most prestigious golf courses in Ireland.

Water sports are a big part of life in Kinsale. The Oysterhaven Centre offers a range of activities including sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing. For those interested in fishing, Kinsale Deep Sea Angling provides boat hire and guided fishing trips. Scuba diving is also popular, with the Kinsale Dive Centre offering courses and equipment hire.

For a more relaxed activity, the Kinsale Mead Co. offers tours and tastings at their meadery, while the Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre provides classes in pottery and other crafts. The Kinsale Equestrian Centre offers horse riding lessons and treks for all ages and abilities.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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