There’s something a bit special about this charming little port town, a mere 15 miles outside of Cork. It’s very popular among the boating set, especially during the summer months when you can’t move for tourists carrying fishing equipment, kayaks or scuba tanks. Boasting several gourmet restaurants, galleries displaying beautifully crafted works by local artists, and numerous historical attractions dotting the quaint streets that are simply perfect for pottering around, Kinsale makes for a delightful holiday destination. Book your hotel through Expedia to take advantage of excellent rates year-round, and discover a wealth of choice to suit any accommodation preference. Stay in charming bed and breakfasts just moments from Kinsale highlights such as the castle, in plush spa hotels towards the airport for convenient flight connections, or perhaps in a traditional-style hotel right on the seafront. Wherever you choose to lay your head, you’ll find all the value, quality and happy memories experienced by thousands of other guests in Cork hotels every year.
Where to go, what to see? Don’t miss the aforementioned Desmond Castle, more of a towering house really, but with a fascinating and diverse history attached. Constructed around 1500, over the centuries it has served as customs house, prison, ordnance store and workhouse, and now it has a happier function, illuminating the history of those known as the Wine Geese - Irish expats who left the homeland and became profitably involved in the wine trade, often sending back hundreds of cases from their adopted countries. If history is your thing, explore Charles Fort, a 17th century star-shaped sea fortress in a state of excellent preservation, with many structures dating back as far as 1678 still standing. Guided tours are available, and some inviting tearooms.
Kinsale also has several pretty beaches that are fun to wander even on a grey day, and when it’s warm you might even venture into the water. For golfers, the big attraction will be the Old Head of Kinsale, a sandstone headland with an iconic lighthouse at the end, with a very popular yet controversial golf course added in recent years. There are several well-regarded guided walks available of Kinsale’s historic sites, and also a spooky ghost tour. And if you like life on the open waves, you won’t find it difficult to hire kayaks, take a dive tour, or hire a fishing-boat charter.
If you’re planning a holiday in Cork and the surrounding area, then booking a Kinsale hotel is a great idea, especially if you come in October amid the annual gourmet food festival. The famous chef Keith Floyd once lived here, and this is a town that prides itself on providing a good table. Popular events include a chowder cook-off and foodie walking tours. You will want to make an early reservation though if you want to be in the thick of it, despite the abundance of accommodation here. And rest assured that you can browse verified and trustworthy reviews of all hotels featured by Expedia so you can ensure you’re selecting exactly the right place for your requirements.