Cobh (Cork), Ireland
Cork's Countryside & Kinsale
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4 Hours
Today, you will board a motorcoach for a tour through Cork's charming countryside and a visit to the sailing town of Kinsale.
Departing from Cobh, travel via the Lee Tunnel to beautiful Kinsale. Upon arrival, take advantage of a photo stop at Charles Fort overlooking the wide expanse of Kinsale Harbour, and at the town itself. From here, drive the short distance to the town where time will be allowed for independent exploration. Kinsale is a winner of the European prize for Tourism & the Environment, Entente Florale, National Tidy Town and Gourmet Capital awards. It is a pretty little town lying snugly between hills and valley. Kinsale is safely sheltered by the rounded contours of its beautiful harbor and is believed to have been founded by the Anglo Normans in around 1177. It was a magnificent naval base in the 17th and 18th centuries, and seemed to have enjoyed a degree of prosperity uncommon for Ireland. For centuries, Kinsale had close European connections and, in 1966, became the first town to be awarded the Flag of the Council of Europe.
During your tour you will see that Kinsale owes its character to the fact that it was a garrison town and a port of consequence for more than 300 years -- hence the magnificent Georgian homes and the Dutch influence in its architecture. It was also the natural landfall for all the great sailing ships from the continent and the Americas.
You will have time to walk through this beautiful town, browse in the shops and soak up the local atmosphere. Enjoy free time to explore on your own.
From Kinsale, you'll drive along the coast before turning inland via Inishannon for a photo stop overlooking the Bandon River; then, your motorcoach will return you to Cobh and the ship.
Wear warm, comfortable clothing; bring an umbrella. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars.