Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland

Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 48 vacation rentals near Kinsale. From 19 cottages to 15 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.