Kinsale, self-catering holiday cottages, barns, rural retreats and lodges to rent in Cork, Ireland

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Located along the south western coast of Ireland in beautiful County Cork is the attractive fishing town of Kinsale. This picture perfect town is ideal for coastal self-catering holidays. Perched on the mouth of the River Bandon close to the Celtic Sea, Kinsale is a popular tourist hotspot due to its stunning river and sea location, and during the summer months, visitors to the village soar. It is no surprise than Kinsale is so popular with everyone who visits and if you are just passing through, you will find yourself wanting to stop a little longer!

Advice on Cottage Holidays in Kinsale

There is much to do in Kinsale from going sailing and yachting on the sea, playing golf and soaking up a bit of local culture in one of the several art galleries that can be found in the village. With narrow streets filled with charm, quaint independent shops and cafes and many friendly pubs to settle into, Kinsale has a relaxed and peaceful vibe with lots to recommend it for self-catering breaks.

As well as its cafes and pubs, Kinsale is very well known for its delectable restaurants, and the town holds a Gourmet Festival each year. Held in October, the festival includes lots of fun things involving food, including a cook-off on the streets, a black tie ball where you can sample some delicious good quality cuisine and lots of other fun activities with local chefs and tasty food!

Kinsale is also home to an annual jazz festival which also occurs in October. This town celebrates this smooth and soulful genre of music by hosting concerts by blues and jazz groups from the country in the halls of hotels and inside the several pubs and is one of the most exciting events to happen in Kinsale, especially for lovers of music. The events and atmosphere on offer in Kinsale all combine to make this one of Ireland’s best places for cottage holidays.

Besides festivals and brilliant food, Kinsale is, above all, an extremely picturesque place filled with natural beauty, and there are plenty of things to do on holiday to get stuck in with nature. The rugged coastline is perfect to hop on a boat and do a spot of whale watching on the seas, and there are lots of ways to explore the surroundings, either on horseback or on foot. There are several walking trails within the backdrops, and there are also a couple of other bays nearby, namely Oysterhaven and Garretstown, which make for excellent afternoon trips.

Kinsale is rich in history, charm and beauty, and with its exciting annual festivals, it is a unique place to visit in County Cork and Ireland itself. If you are planning to holiday in this special place, we hope you find special self-catering accommodation to match this unique town. We feature an excellent range of properties on Country Cottages Online from large country houses to cottages near the beach. We hope you find an inspirational cottage for you in or near Kinsale and that you have the very best of times in Ireland.

Whether you choose to book a holiday cottage in Kinsale, an apartment, a lodge or another type of self-catering holiday accommodation, we hope you have your best holiday yet in Cork.

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