Explore Kinsale by Bike
Kinsale is a beautiful place to visit - there's an amazing harbour; a selection of great restaurants and cafés; colourful houses and small boutique shops off a small pedestrianised area. There really is so much to see and do in Kinsale, no wonder it's popular! It's a quick drive by car from Cork Airport or take the public bus directly here. Kinsale is also the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way and West Cork so a good starting point if you want to explore further.
In this blog, we'll introduce you to the Wild Coast Bike tour - it's a half day tour that gives you an introduction to the history of the town, takes you by the main attractions and gives you a flavour of what it is like to live in year round. Take the Wild Coast Bike Tour on one of our comfortable mountain bikes or (COMING SOON) on an electric bike.
We'll get you kitted out with bikes when we meet at Charles Fort, our starting point for the tour. Only 5 minutes drive from Kinsale, this star shaped fort was built in 1682 and defended the harbour against intruders. From here on a clear day, there are great views over Kinsale Harbour to James Fort and Dock Beach.
Cycling towards Kinsale, we continue along the coast enjoying stunning sea views. In town itself, we cycle to the Giant's Cottage, where Patrick Cotter, also known as the 'Bristol Giant' was born in 1760.
We dismount and walk through the incredibly beautiful pedestrian area with it's small, colourful shops. This is definitely an area that you'll want to explore more after the tour! We'll point out the best restaurants so you can plan your evening.
We pop out on the other side of Kinsale and cross the bridge to the Castlepark Marina and the Dock Pub. Sit out and enjoy a coffee overlooking the marina! Then back on the bikes for a short cycle to the Sandycove area. Here we see if we can see the wild goats that live on Sandycove island before heading back to finish in Kinsale.
Who is it suitable for?
This tour is suitable for beginner cyclists on an electric bike or intermediate cyclists on a standard bike. If you're planning to take a normal bike, be prepared for some short, steep hills! However, no problem walking if needs be. Book online here.
Gotta do it! How much does it cost?
Tour price: €40 standard bike, €50 electric bike (COMING SOON!)
Prices include use of bike, helmet, high vis, tea/coffee or soft drink en route. Tour takes 2-2.5 hours.