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Take a guided boat tour with Kinsale Harbour Cruises in Kinsale, County Cork, and gain a fascinating insight into how the town has developed over the centuries. Experience a cruise to Kinsale's outer harbour and along the Bandon River with music, snacks and guided commentary.

Kinsale Harbour Cruises in Kinsale, County Cork, provide a scenic cruise on a licensed boat with historical commentary and music. It is the perfect opportunity to see Kinsale from the water.

The cruise is a combination of culture, information, relaxation and magnificent coastal scenery. Kinsale has a wealth of historical sites including Charles Fort, Block House and James Fort. Enjoy striking views of the Old Head of Kinsale and Old Head Lighthouse. On leaving the quay, the boat passes the yacht marina and the former fishing village of Scilly. Before returning to the quay, the boat cruises up the Bandon River passing three marinas, a private marina, fisherman’s marina and the yacht marina.

Passengers may get a glimpse of seals, otters, dolphins, herons, shags cormorants, terns and a variety of coastal flora and fauna along the way.

Private charter cruises are available to groups from April to October and in the evening times for the months of June, July and August only.

Kinsale Harbour Cruises are fully certified by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Why we like it
  • Jump aboard the 'The Spirit of Kinsale' and see all the sights of one of the most beautiful natural harbours in Europe.
  • Kinsale Harbour Cruises offer historical commentary, culture, education and enjoyment for families.
  • See from the water local sights including, Charles Fort, the Block House and the spectacular Old Head of Kinsale.
  • Look out for seals, otters, dolphins and a wealth of coastal flora and fauna.
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Contact details
Scilly, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 1.5 hours here.

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