It was a bright and sunny day. White, fluffy clouds drifted across the clear, blue sky. To make the most of the good weather and the time off, we took advantage of the glorious Irish weather and decided to undertake a road trip to Kinsale.
Kinsale (Cionn tSáile, meaning “Tide Head”), is undeniably one of the most picturesque, popular and historic towns in Cork. A half-hour drive from City Centre and it is at the southern tip of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Road trip in Ireland is something I always look forward to, from wild winding coastal roads to high mountain passes and from gentle lakeside rides to road trips through endless lush green valleys, Ireland has some the best scenic drives and road trips in Europe if not the world. Not only you do get great scenery at every turn but you also experience Irelands rural villages, pubs, local people, ancient history, heritage, mythology and ancient trading and pilgrim paths.
Along the way there are quite number of view points where you have to stop as the views are truly breathtaking. Every angle is a postcard perfect. From a cheerful and colourful streets to historical castles and sublime beauty of estuary and greeneries.
First stop was at the harbour point, where there are many tourists taking the yachts and other water sports. In this area, you can see many restaurants, pubs and coffee shops; just a perfect place to unwind and be comfortable with grand majestic view of the harbour.
From harbour point we headed to the Dock Sea which is about 2.5 km drive. Small cove that is very popular with the locals. Located on other side of the Bandon river next to Castlepark Marina.
To make the most of our road trip we also visited Charles Fort, about 6.7 km from the Dock beach. Along the way we pass-by Viewpoint, that’s my most favourite part of the entire trip!
At the Charles Fort, you’d be amazed by its significant military history. The impressive fortifications of Charles Fort and James Fort guard the narrow entrance from the sea – giving clues to its rich history.