The Ultimate Weekend Getaway in Kinsale

Updated: Oct 12, 2018

My 30th Birthday this month gave me the perfect excuse to organise a weekend getaway on the Wild Atlantic Way with my closest friends. It was truly another incredible weekend spent in Ireland. We luckily had the best weather which really made the weekend that extra special.

Located approx 3 hours from Dublin, Kinsale is a very popular small fishing town in West Cork. I spent a lot of time here when I was studying in UCC back in 2010 and have a huge love for this part of Ireland; so it was a no brainer to pick this spot as my place to host my 30th celebrations.

What made this weekend so unforgettable was scouting out this awesome Seaview Airbnb. I have a small obsession with houses with a view, especially with sea views and happened to find this one located on the old head of Kinsale.  Usually I book trips last minute but sometimes prior planning is needed and worth it.

Here is a link to the house where we stayed:

For 12 of us it cost 145 each for 2 nights. Everyone bought some food and drinks and it really made it a very cheap weekend. Once you pay for the house, costs can be really minimum. What I realised is that when you are going somewhere like Kinsale the best thing you can do is plan and book accomodation, especially a place like this that really makes the most of the surrounding landscapes. A bit of planning and an awesome bunch of people were required for this trip.

To book an Airbnb house is fairly simple. Firstly you must set up an account and then contact the host to book and once approved your set to go. I have never had any issues getting approved or issues with the places I have stayed. I have used Airbnb all over the world and I love it. Here is a link to get 35 euro of your first trip.

Places to Visit:

If you can tear yourself away from your gorgeous sea view house, here are some awesome spots to check out:

The Old Head of Kinsale in County Cork is one of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal areas.  On this stretch of coastal bliss, it feels like you’ve left the world behind. The best way to explore the Old Head is by foot. The Old Head of Kinsale Loop is approx a 6km walk that takes in a circular route around the head. The dramatic cliffs and lush headland speckled with the most gorgeous wildflowers that I just haven’t seen anywhere else.

Take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. Hard to believe I was in a bikini taking a swim in Ireland in April but sometimes the less opportunity you have to do something, the more your truly appreciate it . Kinsale has some gorgeous beaches including Garretstown and a 30 minute drive down the road is the famous Inchydoney beach.

Nohoval cove: I never heard of this place until I saw it on instagram a few weeks ago . We were a bit tired and not very motivated to go sightseeing but gosh were we glad we stopped by here. It reminded me of my travels in the south of France last year. It was obsolutely breathtaking

Cruise around Kinsale harbour. I can’t wait to do this the next time we go. All cruises were booked up so I would suggest pre-booking. You can also arrange private cruises for parties. What better way to see the best of Kinsale harbour and coastline.

Take a stroll around the picturesque town of Kinsale. The harbour,  the colourful buildings, the windy narrow streets,  the beautiful old architecture and array of boutiques full of local crafts all make this town one of the best on the Southern Coast. If you are feeling energetic take a walk up to Charles Fort for the best views over Kinsale.

Other activities in Kinsale for the outdoor enthusiast include: A round of golf at the famous Old Head Golf Links course, Sailing, kayaking, fishing and scuba diving. There is so much to see and do in this busy harbour town.

Places to Eat in Kinsale:

Kinsale is known as the gourmet capital of Ireland, so if you’re a foodie you will love the array of restaurants and cafes Kinsale has to offer. As we wanted to make the most of the house we ate mainly at home but from my visits to Kinsale I would highly recommend:

The Black Pig Winebar: I love alternative kinds of places and the Black Pig is certainly once of those.  Set in an 18th century coach house with a cobble stoned back garden, it hosts over 200 wines by the bottle and a wide selection of organic & natural wines as well as serving locally sourced artisan food. It has won many awards including Cork’s Best Wine Experience at this years Restaurant Association Awards.

Finns Table: I love simple food cooked well with good local produce and this restaurant does that superbly. It is an Irish- French style of cooking, where classic taste and scent combinations are given a modern twist.

The Bulman: For a pint of Guinness and some live music . Looking across the harbour to the town and next to Charles fort, the Bulman Bar is a 10 meters from the Atlantic Ocean, in the scenic village of Summercove.

More restaurants that I can’t wait to try are Market Lane, Blue Haven, Bastion and Jim Edwards, Fishy Fishy.

It wouldn’t be a weekend away without a good brunch spot. Brunch and coconut lattes put a huge smile on my face . For delicious food, friendly service , vintage feels and loads of vegan and gluten free options check out OHK cafe located in the centre of Kinsale.


Don’t forget life is for living. Go book the sea view house and surround yourself with the people who make you feel happy, loved and grateful 📷

Elaine xoxo



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