The historic fishing town of Kinsale, about a half-hour’s drive from Cork City, is one of Ireland’s gastronomic jewels. It’s long been famous for its high-quality producers and restaurants, and this walking tour takes in all the highlights, as well as plenty of local colour. And there is also a three-hour foraging tour in the fields and on the shores around the town.
Kinsale is a town with many sails or strings to its bow. Originally a Norman walled town which became a thriving fishing port, its Irish name is ‘Ceann tSáile’ which means ‘Head of the Sea’. The town thrived on the prolific mackerel fishery where men fished while their wives and daughters processed fish along the quays and sold to traders.
Over time in Kinsale, fishing was usurped by tourism, helped by its incomparable beauty, medieval architecture and salty sea air. Kinsale has evolved as a world class gourmand’s delight, aided by the proliferation of many high class restaurants and eateries in the town.