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4 days in Kinsale

Hello from Canada! We will be arriving in Dublin on a Sunday at 10:15, a bit jet lagged, and then driving to Kinsale for 5 nights/4 full days and then back to Dublin to leave for England on the Friday at 3:30pm. We are thinking of using this stop-over to dive into the history around the Cork County. Has anyone been to this area? Any tips? B&B recommendations?

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Kinsale is a very historic town with lots to learn.

Do know that there is a Kinsale in Ontario and that the Irish invaded Canada...twice!

We have a very good tourist office to help with B&B etc

You can also look at for some history.

Dermot Ryan

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The Old Presbytery is popular too.
If using Kinsale as a base for day trips you should be aware that traffic can be a problem around midday when day trippers and tour buses descend on the picturesque little town. Get an early start and plan to be out for most of the day (until after 4 PM) in order to avoid the worst of the traffic snarl.
The shoreline walk from the town down to Charles Fort is a pleasant excursion, especially if you include a stop at the atmospheric Bulman's pub in the village of Summercove on the way down (or back ... or both).
Cobh is also a pleasant day out but, again, get an early start to avoid the worst of the crowds.

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Thank you to all! The Irish may have invaded Canada twice, but as my husband has 1/2 an Irish heritage it's all good! ;) We look forward to visiting your home.

We are waiting for both of those B&B's to respond. We have heard back from Landfall.

Thank you for that very good advice about the traffic! We will make sure to get up early and return later. We found the same situation when we were in Italy and near areas similar to this. The walk seems lovely, as we love to walk.

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Kinsale is a lovely town. We stayed there at a VRBO for 3 nights in a lovely cottage. We visited Cobh and also tried to find distant relatives in a nearby town. There is a walking tour in Kinsale that people really like given by Don and Barry. Not far from Kinsale is the Drombeg Stone Circle and Midleton is a bit further if you are interested in whiskey tasting.

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Hello Jill,

Kinsale is a beautiful area. Myself and my wife were there in 2016 and are going back this summer. In the RS Ireland guidebook (2014), he lists 8 recommended B+B's. I recently e-mailed each one and about half were booked. Highly recommend the Charles Fort and the walking tour by Don and Barry, especially if you enjoy history. Fishy Fishy restaurant was lots of fun. Lots of pubs; take a walk and enter the one that appeals to you, must if you enjoy trad irish music. Plethora of options if you are driving to explore the county.

Happy Travels!

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We would like to thank you for your recommendations. We had a lovely 3 night stay in Kinsale. Stayed at Cloisters B&B, which we highly recommend. They were amazing hosts and the location was perfect.

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Thanks very much for taking the time to follow up and let us know you enjoyed Kinsale.