We were delighted to welcome Roz Purcell – Food Blogger, Recipe Creator and Owner of The Hike Life to Kinsale last weekend along with her sister Rachel! The pair enjoyed an action-packed long weekend in our beautiful town as part of Fáilte Irelands ‘Make A Break For It’ campaign.
Roz and Rachel checked into The Old Bank House which is a boutique hotel right in the centre of Kinsale.
Winner of Guest House of the year with Georgina Campbell and proud member of the Historic Hotels of Europe, the Old Bank House provided the perfect base for exploring Kinsale and the surrounding area.
Roz was super impressed by the safety standards at the property and the fact that her room key came sanitized in a little sealed packet along with some homemade cookies…NICE!
(Image: Roz in The Old Bank House. Image courtesy of @rozannapurcell)
Kinsale is known as a foodies paradise! We are lucky to have some of Ireland’s top restaurants and cafes so it’s no surprise that before arriving in Kinsale, Roz put a call out to her Instagram followers for recommendations of where to try while in town!
Brunch / Lunch
O’Herlihys Cafe Kinsale is renowned for serving up some seriously tasty food! Owned by sisters Sarah and Carol O’Brien, this charming quirky cafe serves up dishes with creative originality using local and seasonal ingredients. Roz and Rachel loved it so much that they visited twice during their trip!”You really can’t go wrong with anything you order… and they also have great coffee”
Recommended by her followers for their hearty and wholesome dishes, Man Friday‘s did not disappoint! Overlooking Kinsale Harbour, this is a perfect setting to end a busy day in Kinsale.
“Proper grub, a big comforting meal… great restaurant with stunning views and lots of options for everyone”
Owner Barbara Nealon set up this cafe/restaurant a little over a year ago in Kinsale and oh my! have they made an impact on our foodie town!
Their menu is uber creative and they take inspiration from locally sourced ingredients that are married together perfectly by Chef Darren Kennedy to produce a mouth-watering experience.
“It was out of this world! The food was so fresh..the menu was so thoughtful and interesting… I am 100% going to be going back there”
Having fun in Kinsale is easy and Roz and Rachel wasted no time during their visit exploring all that Kinsale has to offer in an action-packed 2-days!
Another “must-do” that came highly recommended by Roz’s Instagram followers was the Food and Foraging Tour with Suzanne Burns. Suzanne is a fountain of knowledge and the tour is the perfect marriage of tasking incredible local food with the unique experience of seaweed and plant foraging where you will learn all that is available around us to eat and incorporate into our daily dishes!
“It was a really interesting tour and I would highly recommend it”
(Image: Roz Enjoying Kinsale Food Tours. Image courtesy of @rozannapurcell)
Next up was a SUP session at Oysterhaven Activity Centre! Roz and Rachel have fond memories of coming to Oysterhaven as kids so returning for a trip down memory lane was a must whilst in Kinsale. The Oysterhaven Centre offers a wide range of on-the-water activities for all levels of ability and ages. Perfect for adventurous souls and those that love the outdoors!
“Re-living my youth here, taking a SUP class…it was so much fun!”
Walking Trails and a visit to Charles Fort
As a lover of all things outdoors, Roz took the opportunity to explore some beautiful walks around Kinsale.
Scilly Walk – This is an easy 5.5km walking route along a coastal path with spectacular views at every turn of the town and harbour and the great part is that you can also take the opportunity to visit Charles Fort, a stunning heritage site perched on the edge of the harbour. Charles Fort is one of Kinsale’s best known historical attraction and one of the finest surviving examples of a 17th Century star-shaped fort in the world.
The Old Head Walk – This scenic loop is an easy 6km walking route on the famous Old Head of Kinsale. Park at Garrettstown Beach and head off on a coastal adventure!
“We also loved the old head walks with picture-perfect spots along the way”
One of the great things about Kinsale is its location! At the start/endpoint of the Wild Atlantic Way, Kinsale is the perfect base to explore Cork and West Cork. There are lots of places to visit and explore close to Kinsale and Roz & Rachel took the opportunity to do just that!
– Atlantic Sea Kayaking in Lough Hyne. Lough Hyne is a marine sea lough in West Cork. Just a 1hr 27min drive from Kinsale!
– Whale Watching with Atlantic Whale and Wildlife Tours in Courtmacsherry. Courtmacsherry is approx. 30km from Kinsale and you can be there in under 40 minutes!
If you’re planning a staycation in Ireland this year, add Kinsale to the list! For more information or to plan your trip check out our website www.kinsale.ie or follow us on Facebook / Insta / Twitter
Thanks to Roz and Rachel for visiting and we look forward to welcoming you again to Kinsale REALLY SOON!
“Wander the town, support local stores and share what Ireland has to offer for your staycation 2020” – Roz Purcell.