Posts Tagged ‘kinsale’

Charles Fort in Kinsale

November 4, 2011

Charles Fort in Kinsale is well worth a visit.  The entrance price is very reasonable and the grounds are extremely well kept by the Office of Public Works.  Construction of the fort commenced in 1678 and it continued in military use until 1922.  It was built in such a strategic location in Kinsale to protect the interests of the British Crown.  With such a defence, it would have been very difficult for enemy vessels to enter the port.   I was really surprised at the number of buildings still standing.

The views from the battlements out over Kinsale harbour and out to sea are superb.    The site has a cafe and a couple of museums both very well laid out.  You could definitely spend well over an hour walking around this site.

Charles Fort Ruins

Charles Fort Ruins

Inside the Museum at Charles Fort

Inside the Museum at Charles Fort

Charles Fort Museum

Charles Fort Museum

Ruins at Charles Fort

Ruins at Charles Fort

Arts and Crafts Courses near Bandon, Cork

March 25, 2008

There are three members of the West Cork Calling network that offer craft courses within a short drive of Bandon, namely Crackpots and Kinsale Pottery in Kinsale and Rossmore pottery in Clonakilty.  Some of these courses might interested guests at Kilbrogan House Bed and Breakfast or Self Catering.

Kinsale Pottery runs a host of different classes for all ages including pottery, drawing and painting, glass fusing, bronze casting, jewellery making, sculpture, silk painting and mosaic making. The facility accommodates up to 20 people in one class or 40 as part of a group.

Crackpots is located in the heart of Kinsale and the pottery workshops are held on the premises. Their workshops concentrate on various pottery techniques and have recently included working with red terracotta clay using sawdust firing.

 Jim Turner and Etain Hickey at Rossmore Pottery have been working away at their pottery for over 20 years and have a shop in the centre of Clonakilty. Their pottery courses take place in a farmhouse just 15 minutes from Clonakilty. They offer everything from Raku to Kiln building as well as master courses for more experienced potters.

A walk past Charles Fort in Kinsale

March 21, 2008

We highly recommend the walk that starts from the small car park at the far side of Charles Fort near Summercove, Kinsale.  The walk takes you along by the sea to the Kinsale boat yard.  You can watch the boats coming in and out of the harbour and you also get a tremendous view of Charles Fort.  Check out the photo below and take yourself down to the fort.  Afterwards we often stop for tea at the Blue Haven cafe in Kinsale – in my opinion the best cafe in Kinsale!

Charles Fort Kinsale