Old Head Of Kinsale
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Situated in County Cork, Eire, the Old Head of Kinsale lies approximately 14km from the town of Kinsale itself. The whole area around the Old Head is now private, and a rather expensive golf course occupies the site that surrounds the Old Head of Kinsale lighthouse. Access to the lighthouse can only be achieved by passing through the security gates to the golf club itself, and by taking the main road through the course until you reach the road that leads to the lighthouse itself. For those wishing to visit the lighthouse, there are a few things that you need to be aware of. Access will only be allowed with permission of the Commissioners Of Irish Lights, who are situated in Dun Loughaire, Dublin. You will require written authority from them, plus you will be required to sign an indemnity form. Once you have succeeded in this, you will then need to seek permission from the Golf Club secretary to pass through the club grounds. There is no other way of reaching the lighthouse as the coastal footpath that once passed around the coastline here, now forms part of the golf club itself. (This is an on-going controversial matter at present) You will NOT be allowed to walk through the grounds of the golf club, so therefore a vehicle is essential. Is it worth the trouble..You bet it is. The views around this part of the coastline are superb, and the lighthouse itself steeped in history. It was approx 12 miles off of the Old Head that the famous liner Lusitania was torpedoed during World War One. The dead of this tragedy are buried in a mass grave in the old cemetery in Cobh. (Formally Queenstown). The Titanic also passed this lighthouse on it's tragic journey in 1912. The lighthouse can be seen from the main road, but only in the distance, and the up-market town of Kinsale is very much worth a visit, with it's trendy and expensive resturants. (There are cheaper eating places in the town too) The whole area is a tourist haven, and in high season parking in the town can be a problem, even though there are several pay and display car parks. Getting there early is a good tip.