Posted by: travelrat | December 17, 2011

Qype: Kinsale Harbour Cruise in Kinsale


If it has a harbour, the chances are it also has a harbour cruise. So we boarded the ‘Spirit of Kinsale’. It’s a trim, comfortable little boat on which light snacks are available, although we didn’t bother with these, as the cruise only takes a short afternoon.

A commentary gave us some of the history, and, once more, we were surprised how much there was … and, a lot of it, we weren’t taught in school.

Two forts guard the harbour mouth, which was also about the limit of our cruise; we were told about their history … as well as the Spanish occupation in 1601, as a result of which the forts were built, and to commemorate which the replica mast was erected overlooking the harbour.

We frequently saw cormorants and herons … but, sadly, no seals or dolphins. But, they just said we MAY see them; they didn’t promise anything.

Check out my review of Kinsale Harbour Cruise – I am nomadkeith – on Qype



  1. Hi Keith,
    Maybe next time you will get to see the seals and dolphins. 🙂

    • We didn’t specifically go to see them, so weren’t too disappointed, and were warned beforehand there was only an outside chance there’d be any. If we really wanted to see them, we’d have stood a better chance further west … I believe one of the bays has a resident pod of dolphins??

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