Kinsale

Kinsale Travel Blog

 › entry 10 of 14 › view all entries
Old Head of Kinsale.

South of Cork city is Kinsale, a picturesque harbour town at the mouth of the River Brandon. Our first stop was at Charles Fort for a scenic overlook of the harbour. Charles Fort was established in 1682 to defend Kinsale harbour. The companion James Fort (1607) can be seen on a promentory across the harbour. Charles Fort remained an active British military installation until Irish independence in 1921. I learned that in 1846-1847 during the Famine, soldiers at the fort established a soup kitchen to feed local residents.

Kinsale was also the lunch stop on our tour. After enjoying the fare at the Blue Haven Restaurant (in the former fish market building), their was ample time to explore the town.

Charles Fort (1682)
A map of places of interest placed the town centre provided an idea of where to walk. Churches are always in our list. We saw the outside of St. Multose (Anglican, dating to 1199) and went inside the newer (1832) St. John the Baptist Church. The wooden upper galleries reminded me of many American churches of this era. 

Back in the town centre, a craft show was going on at the former Temeprance Hall (1885). One might overlook a few other interesting structures, twin townhouses that now serve as the post office and commercial space and the waterside Commercial Hall (ca. 1900) built to facilitate unloading of goods directly from boats.

Heading out from Kinsale was the ruin of the Belgooly Four Mill (1832). The six story stone structure remended me very much of contemporary mills in Virginia.

vicIII says:
You have visited nice places. Thanks for sharing your memories here.
Posted on: Oct 18, 2017
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Old Head of Kinsale.
Old Head of Kinsale.
Charles Fort (1682)
Charles Fort (1682)
Charles Fort (1682)
Charles Fort (1682)
Charles Fort (1682)
Charles Fort (1682)
Charles Fort (1682)
Charles Fort (1682)
Kinsale Harbour and James Fort.
Kinsale Harbour and James Fort.
Kinsale Harbour.
Kinsale Harbour.
Commercial Hall.
Commercial Hall.
Commercial Hall.
Commercial Hall.
Pearse Street, Kinsale.
Pearse Street, Kinsale.
Pearse Street, Kinsale.
Pearse Street, Kinsale.
Grey Hound Pub (1690).
Grey Hound Pub (1690).
Grey Hound Pub (1690).
Grey Hound Pub (1690).
St. Multose
St. Multose
St. Multose
St. Multose
The Old Mill and St. Multose.
The Old Mill and St. Multose.
St. John the Baptist (1832).
St. John the Baptist (1832).
St. John the Baptist.
St. John the Baptist.
St. John the Baptist.
St. John the Baptist.
Kinsale Library.
Kinsale Library.
Belgooly Four Mill (1832)
Belgooly Four Mill (1832)
Kinsale Hotels & Accommodations review
Blue Haven Hotel
This review is for the Restaurant in the Blue Haven Hotel. The Blue Haven looked like a likely spot for lunch in Kinsale. Other establishments nearby… read entire review
Kinsale
photo by: Paulovic