KINSALE got an overwhelming endorsement in a recent edition of British fashion and style magazine Marie Claire, which has 1.2m readers every month.
The town’s accommodation, its food, streetscape and houses all got a big thumbs up as part of an article on Cork under the headline: ‘Cork is the city break you probably never thought of (but really should)’ and features several glowing references to the gourmet town.
It reads: ‘It’s worth adding on an extra night or two to explore other parts of the county, such as Kinsale, just 18 miles south west of the city. The starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way – a 2,500km touring route of Ireland’s magnificent Atlantic coastline – the craic continues in many of the pretty harbour town’s pubs.
‘A stay at the Trident Hotel is a real treat, as rooms are super chic, having just been very tastefully renovated. Each one has fantastic views of the pretty harbour where you can watch the comings and goings of the boats, or the take offs, landings and fly bys of the herons and gulls that seem to have designated the hotel roof a landing spot for their aerial adventures.’
The town’s ‘pretty streets’ are referred to as well. ‘Whichever route you take you’ll most likely end up spotting an impressive old white building with red doors – The Old Courthouse, which is now a museum. The huge anchor in the front is from a ship in the Spanish Armada fleet and the crane is from the Lusitania, which sank off the coast of Kinsale in 1915, with the loss of 1500 lives.
‘To stretch your legs even more, a walk around the harbour to the coastal path known as the Scilly walk, will take you from the town up to Summercove and Charles Fort. You’ll get glorious views of Kinsale and work up some property envy at the fabulous Grand Design houses overlooking the water.’