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Travel from Killarney to Kinsale

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Travel from Killarney to Kinsale

A group of us are leaving Killarney in the morning and traveling to Kinsale to spent the night. Any suggestions of what to see either along the way or once we get to Kinsale. One of the couples has Blarney Castle on their bucket list. Is this near Kinsale? The gentlemen are playing Old Head the next day. Thoughts from anyone?

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1. Re: Travel from Killarney to Kinsale

FYI - Blarney Castle is just northwest of Cork (which is southeast of Killarney) and should take approx. 1.5 hours to drive straight from Killarney. Kinsale is about a 40 minutes drive to the south. You shoud be able to leave Killarney, see Blarney and land in Kinsale for the night.

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The obvious place to head for when you get to Kinsale is Charlesfort. €4 entry fee for a guided tour (if you want that) but I just go there for the beautiful views over Kinsale harbour.

If you feel like a pint or a soft drink after exploring Charlesfort, ask for directions to the Bulman Pub, it;s only a 5 minute downhill walk from Charlesfort (leave the car at Charlesfort) and the pub is located in the tiny hamlet of Summercove, right on the waterfront.

There are a nunber of guided tours you can take of Kinsale. See here


Here is a link to the general Kinsale website which is very informative.


The town itself is quite pretty and strolling around it checking out the restaurants and shops is a good activity in itself on a pleasant day.

The 'Spirit of Kinsale' tour boat is a pleasant way to view the town of Kinsale from the sea. This is an hour long boat tour of the harbour and it leaves right from the pier.

There are fantastic views of the Celtic Sea from the entrance to the Old Head Golf club. The club is only open to players and guests but the hoi polloi can park their cars outside the gates, doff their caps to the security guys and enjoy the fabulous ocean views from there. In my opinion these views easily match those at Cliffs of Moher, and no one has yet contradicted this opinion !!

If your friends are going to Blarney and you to Kinsale on the same day from Killarney then you will be taking slightly different routes once you get to Macroom. The change in route will allow them to avoid driving in through Cork city to get to Blarney. On their trip back from Blarney to Kinsale they will have to negotiate some of the city but it wont be a problem if they Google earth the journey prior to travel or indeed if they have a SatNav installed.

Enjoy Killarney and Kinsale, two very nice places to visit when in Ireland.

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You can book lunch at the Old Head Golf Club. It's not very expensive and you get to savour the view from inside while relaxing in the bar or on the terrace if the weather permits.

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The Poets Corner in Kinsale is a great spot for coffee and tasty pastries. The soup and sandwich lunch is good value.

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