The Kinsale Coast Tour
A Must for First Time Visitors to Kinsale!
The Kinsale Coast Bike tour is a half day guided electric bike tour that explores Kinsale Harbour. It’s a great way to get your bearings when you arrival in Kinsale. We’ll give you an introduction to the history of the town, places to visit and recommend restaurants and cafés. Kinsale is hilly, but don’t worry you’ll be cycling an electric bike so you’ll zoom effortlessly uphill! To get the most from this tour, you’ll need to be comfortable cycling in traffic and also be prepared for some steep descents.
“Great way to see Kinsale & the surrounding area, took about 2.5 hours. The electric bikes are brilliant, make the uphills like downhills! Ruth is very friendly & accommodating. Highly recommend the tour”. – Paul M, Aug 2020
Explore Forts, Beaches and a Sheltered Cove
We’ll meet you in the centre of Kinsale and get you set up with bikes and helmets. It’s a short cycle from town to Charles Fort. Charles Fort, an impressive star shaped fort, was built in 1682 to defend the town and harbour from intruders. From here, there are great views back into the town, across the water to James Fort and Dock Beach and out to the harbour entrance.
We return back to Kinsale town, and walk or cycle slowly through the colourful, pedestrian shopping area at the heart of the town. You’ll definitely want to explore these narrow streets again after the tour! We’ll point out the best restaurants in the ‘gourmet capital of Ireland’ so you can plan your evening meal. Choose between fresh seafood, asian or vegan options.
Leaving town, we’ll cycle the coast to Dock Beach, a small sandy beach popular with locals and visitors alike. From there, it’s a 15 minute cycle to Sandycove – a beautiful sheltered cove protected by a small island. Sandycove is really popular with sea swimmers who do laps of the island in summer and winter (each lap is 1.3 miles!). Keep an eye out for the wild goats that live on the island! Then, it’s a quick pedal back to Kinsale and a chance to rest your legs with a tea, coffee or soft drink of your choice, relaxing as you overlook the marina.
Who is the bike tour suitable for?
Pick an electric bike when you book, if you have a moderate level of fitness or want to relax and enjoy this tour. Be prepared to cycle in traffic around the town and also for some steep descents at times.
If you’re feeling VERY fit and really want a good workout, pick a standard bike when you book. There are some short but very steep uphills, so be prepared! Again, you’ll need to be comfortable cycling in traffic and ready for steep descents.
To enjoy the tour at it’s best, we recommend selecting an electric bike!
Great, I’m ready to book!
Find out more and book online here – Kinsale Coast Tour
Tour price: €50 electric bike, €40 standard bike.
Prices include use of bike, helmet, high vis, tea/coffee or soft drink en route. Tour takes 2-2.5 hours. Over 12 years only.