Kinsale Horse Riding:
Ballinadee Pony and Horse Riding Farm offers a fine selection of friendly horses
andponies with accomplished guides to lead you. The best of trekking over
rolling farmland and beautiful countryside. All levels and beginners welcome.
One hour and half day treks. All weather outdoor arena, changing rooms, tea room
and all rinding equipment available.
Contact Philomena and Denis O'Donoghue, Tel (021) 4778152, E-mail:
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The coast south west of Kinsale provides some of the best cruising grounds in
Europe. Kinsale Yacht Club has been well established as a significant sailing
centre for nearly twenty years.
Blue Flag marina facilities are available for visiting boats both off the Pier
Road, and at Castlepark outside the town.
Sail Ireland Charters (email firstname.lastname@example.org) provide day sails on luxury
yachts - sail out of Kinsale Harbour past Charles Fort and James Fort to explore
the beautiful Irish coastline.
Marvel at spectacular cliffs, enjoy the tranquillity of Oysterhaven Bay or sail
out to the famous Old Head of Kinsale.
Based at the Trident Hotel, Sail Ireland has a fleet of yachts from 35 ft to
50ft. Day, half day or evening sails with Skipper for groups and individuals.
From £15 per person or £80 per yacht for a half day sailing. Also bareboat,
weekly and weekends. Visit the Trident Marine and see the yachts.
Shearwater Cruises hires a 40ft ketch, skippered by John Petch for daily and
week long cruises of the coastline with emphasis on natural history. Berth and
or catering supplied. Indicative costs £150 per day including skipper but not
food. Advance reservation only. Telephone 023 48910.
Kinsale Harbour Trips:
One hour harbour cruises available aboard the new luxury vessel Spirit of
Kinsale out to the harbour entrance and up the Bandon river. Commentary, music,
bar and snacks. Enclosed lower deck with carpeted, deluxe lounge and open air
top deck. Available for coach groups and private charters. Operated by
Kinsale Harbour Trips. Telephone 477 3188 or 087 227 2319.
A separate company, Harbour Trips, operates from the Trident Hotel marina and
Castlepark marina, using the Mary Rose, a 31 ft twin engine motor boat offering
harbour trips to individuals and groups. No reservations required. Schedule on
display at Trident marina or telephone Castlepark Marina 477 4959.
Small boat hire - hire your own boat with cuddy cabin and outboard engine. New
fleet of 16 ft boats with safety equipment. Can be hired by the week, by the day
(£50) or half day (£30). Suitable for up to six people to explore the Bandon
river and Kinsale harbour. Boats berthed at Castlepark Marina Tel: 477 5959.
Ferry to Castlepark and beach - A passenger ferry runs from the Trident Hotel
Marina to Castlepark Marina. The ferry takes three minutes and provies easy
access to James Fort and the beach. Hourly service during the season. £1 per
passage per person.
Along the coast of Kinsale are many fine spots for fishing. The deep harbour
allows access at all stages of the tide, and the fishing grounds are only a
short steaming time from port. For a number of years Kinsale has been an
important deep sea angling centre, and blue shark are a speciality of the town.
The wreck of the Lusitania lying 11.5 miles from the Old Head of Kinsale is an
excellent and very popular angling mark. Game angling for salmon and trout is
available on the Bandon River. There are some good shore angling marks from the
rocks on the Old Head of Kinsale and the new bridge in Kinsale is a favourite
spot at certain stages of the tide.
A new fleet of 43 ft boats is now operating from Castlepark Marina Centre
for groups of up to twelve people. Rod hire Fishing over reefs and
wrecks for Ling, Conger, Blue Shark etc. No previous experience required.
Skipper provides tea and coffee, packed lunches available to order. Advance
reservation strongly recommended. Telephone 477 4959.
Kinsale Windsurfing and Watersports:
Close to the town, a wide range of facilities are available at the Oysterhaven
Activity Centre, Ireland's leading windsurfing centre. Windsurfers, dinghies and
canoes are available for rental on an hourly basis. Sailing/windsurfing courses
for adults and children, afternoons, evenings and weekends. The centre is open
10 am to 9 pm Monday to Thursday and 10 am to 7 pm Friday to Sunday. During July
and August five day multiactivity courses are available for 4 year olds to
adults including windsurfing, kayaking,adventure trails and team challenges plus
sailing in single-handed and crewed dinghies. Visitors are welcome to join in on
a daily basis. Advance reservations recommended. Telephone 477 0738. Email:
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Windsurfing and watersports can also be arranged by Castlepark Marina Centre.
Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre: The Centre is based in the town of
Kinsale and offers dinghy sailing, canoeing, board sailing, rock climbing, body
boarding,orienteering, team challenges and archery to groups of all sizes from 6
year olds to adults all year round. Expert instruction plus all specialised
equipment included in the cost. Advance reservation advised. telephone Barbara
477 2896. Email: email@example.com Web: www.oec.ie/kinsale
Jet Ski Hire: Experience the thrill of jet skiing on high powered water craft.
Training will be given by a qualified instructor. Beginners welcome - Thursday
to Monday inclusive. Located a quarter of a mile past the Trident Hotel at the
New Bridge. Cost for two persons £20 for 15 minutes, £35 for 30 minutes. Single
rates available on request. Telephone Simon 088 2782430.
Kinsale Scuba Diving:
Kinsale is the base for some of the best scuba diving sites on the south west
coast. A Padi Dive Centre operates from Castlepark Marina Centre. The centre
operates from a new, purpose-built 43ft Aquastar dive boat and has a 7.5m RIB
with all diving instrumentation. Dive equipment can be hired or bought and
cylinders filled. During the summer months newcomers can take a 3 hour "Discover
Scuba" course to experience life underwater for the first time. In one session
you can learn the basics, hire all the equipment, and experience a trial dive
from the beach at Castlepark. These sessions are held daily with a qualified
instructor who works with small groups of divers. There are also PADI Open Water
courses which take four days. Telephone 477 4959.