Kinsale – It’s a ten minute drive from Garretstown to Kinsale, the ancient fishing town that was historically fought over by the great European powers, before being finally conquered by an army of restaurateurs.
Corkonians will argue over endlessly over whether the famous Fishy Fishy seafood restaurant does in fact have the best Fish n’Chips on our coast (we all have our personal favourites). Those who look for slightly humbler but equally loved Fish n’ Chips will head to nearby Dino’s (on the Pier Road). You can take your battered fish in wrapping paper and find a lunch spot on the harbour wall.
Highlights of Kinsale include a walk along the Scilly coast path (ask a local for directions) from the town to the gorgeous Bulman Pub , set in its own harbour and offering great food along with pints on the harbour wall. And then a walk up the hill to Charles Fort – a spectacular 17th Century Coastal Star Fort, high on a cliff commanding the entrance to the harbour, with to-die-for views from the battlements and bastions. Great for wildlife watching, views and photos.