A history of Kinsale (Cionn tSáile)Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale (from the Irish, Ceann tSaile - 'Head of the Sea') is now known as the 'Culinary Capital of Ireland'. Located on the south west coast of Ireland, Kinsale is full of character and charm.
In the 17th and 18th centuries Kinsale was an important English naval base, and it still has a distinct Georgian flavour. With its yacht-filled harbour, brightly painted cottages, bow-windowed houses and displays of flowers in pots, tub and handing baskets, it marks the beginning of scenic West Cork, and well deserves it's booming tourist industry. Only 18 miles from Cork, it is ideally placed as a deep-sea angling and yachting centre.
Not only does this town lay claim to being the oldest town in Ireland, but it is also renowned internationally for the number and quality of restaurants in the town. It is hailed as the gourmet capital of Ireland, with no shortage of pubs and restaurants to suit every taste. However relaxed or active you wish to be on your holiday Kinsale allows you to take things at your own pace.