Many people know Kinsale as the starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way, but there is more to this seaside town than meets the eye. The roots of the Irish Republic were nurtured here, from the Irish alliance`s all-or-nothing battle against the English in 1601 all the way up to the 20th century and the rise of celebrated revolutionary Michael Collins. Tourists can learn about Kinsale and its role in military history by visiting Charles Fort, one of the best-preserved examples of a pentagonal fortress in Ireland. On top of it all, Kinsale is considered an up-and-coming `gourmet food capital`, an innovator in farm-to-table cuisine, and boasts a high number of Michelin-starred restaurants in proportion to its size.
Ireland is thought to have been inhabited from around 6000BC by people of a mid-Stone Age culture, about 4,000 years later, tribes from Southern Europe arrived and established a high Neolithic culture. Places to see include: Jerpoint Abbey, Hill of Tara, Newgrange, Rock of Cashel and much more!
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Ireland is the perfect country for driving. There are lots of charming towns along the way, each worth a stop and a visit in which ever route you choose to explore.
The Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula) is a part of the mystical & unspoiled region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question. It provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland and a landscape carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago.
Ireland`s countryside is dotted with castles that range from romantic castles and towers that are in ruins to stately Chieftain Castles and Irish Castle Hotels. They are all filled with character and history. Many of these castles are medieval, dating from the 11th to the 15th century.
From uncanny lunar landscapes and the powerful Atlantic to labyrinthine caves and crystal clear waterways. Ireland enjoys over 714 miles of spectacular coastline, surrounded by the mighty Atlantic on the west and the Irish Sea on the east. As well as towering cliffs, clear fresh waters, pristine sandy beaches.
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