Destination guide

Million-dollar views from Kinsale's Golden Mile

Set on the south coast of Ireland, Kinsale is a picturesque port town known for its cobbled streets, lively pubs and yacht-filled harbor. Want to wake up to gorgeous views? Why not snap up a Kinsale vacation rental property on High Road? The stretch is known as the Golden Mile and is strung with luxury homes boasting million-dollar views over the harbor. Kinsale is also a gateway to County Cork, a stunning slice of Ireland strewn with rugged coastlines and rolling hillsides.

Things to do

Behind bars in Kinsale

If you want to dive into Ireland's turbulent history, you've come to the right place. Kinsale is anchored by a pair of 17th-century strongholds overlooking the River Bandon. Start with Charles Fort, a star-shaped bastion that commands sweeping views over the harbor. Access is via car, or if you feel like stretching your legs, the scenic Scilly Walk coastal trail. The Cork City Gaol offers a grisly glimpse at life in the Irish penal system. Today you can experience the cells, wander around the exercise yard and check out displays about its most infamous inmates.

Activities

Lose yourself in Kinsale's cobblestone Old Town

Get your bearings with a stroll around Kinsale's cobblestone Old Town. Today, the historic shopfronts house a mix of cafes, galleries and farm-to-table restaurants – and, of course, more Irish pubs than you can shake a shillelagh at. For a lively night, pick one hosting traditional Irish folk music. If you prefer gourmet fare over Guinness, head to the English Market. It's housed in a magnificent Victorian building and is brimming with artisan food stalls. Kinsale vacation rentals are the perfect excuse to stock up on produce and prepare your own County Cork-inspired feasts.

Weather

Save your appetite for the Kinsale Gourmet Festival

Kinsale is at its prime in the summer, when County Cork enjoys long days and plenty of sunshine. Calm waters also lure legions of yachts and pleasure boats to Kinsale marina. Ireland does live up to its rainy reputation, which means you should always pack layers and a raincoat, even in the middle of summer. If you want to beat the summer rush, consider booking your Kinsale vacation rental in late spring or early fall. You could also catch epicurean events like September's Taste of West Cork Food Festival and October's Kinsale Gourmet Festival.

Natural features

Kinsale – a gateway to County Cork

Kinsale is one of many characterful towns dotted along the County Cork coastline. It's perched at the mouth of the River Bandon and is considered one of Ireland's prettiest port towns. Botanists won't want to miss Ilnacullin, an island oasis designed by British architect Harold Peto. It's filled with a kaleidoscope of subtropical plants, including camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons, and more. Boats whisk passengers to the island in around 10 minutes. As you sail, keep an eye out for white-tailed eagles and basking seals.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Kinsale

The nearest airport is in Cork (ORK), located 10 mi (16.1 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Kinsale?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 60 vacation rentals near Kinsale. From 20 Cottages to 21 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kinsale for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Kinsale?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Kinsale. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kinsale Golf Club: 110 vacation rentals
  • Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance: 109 vacation rentals
  • Old Head Golf Links: 76 vacation rentals
  • Desmond Castle: 108 vacation rentals
  • Kinsale Regional Museum and Courthouse: 107 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kinsale listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Kinsale?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 20 Cottages in Kinsale. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kinsale include:

  • Houses: 21 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 20 rentals available
  • Cabins: 20 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Kinsale?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2 vacation rentals with pool available in Kinsale. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.