James Fort and Castlepark Dock Beach in Kinsale, Co. Cork

James Fort and Castlepark Dock Beach in Kinsale, Co. Cork

Back to Kinsale and this time I want to introduce a short walk to James Fort and a wonderful beach in Castlepark. Beautiful area, historically interesting and a nice location for having a great time at the beach.

However it is early in season, this location is suitable for both, walking and having fun at the beach. That’s why it might be valuable to keep that in mind for hopefully warm summer days. And as we are near the water, please think about sun protection and tide times.

At this time of the year the small parking area next to the Dock beach is almost empty, but that gives the opportunity to visit James Fort. It’s a simple walk, quite comfortable and suitable for almost everybody.

As there are barriers between “the Dock Bar”  and the parking area and the Castlepark Marina, we walked through the barrier at Castlepark Marina, passed the office and behind the office there is a tiny path that leads to a few steps up to the path with the sign directing you to James Fort. Taking the path you can explore the whole area around the Fort and the Block House.


Walking back from the Block House you have the option to extend your walk down to the Dock Beach. Be sure not to miss the stunning views from the top.

Although it is not one of the most challenging walks, it will give you a kick for the head.


By car:

From Dunkettle Roundabout take the N40 and exit on Kinsale Roundabout following then the N27/R600 to Kinsale. Follow the R600 through Kinsale, cross the bridge and turn left at the end of the bridge.

In summer time, the parking area is quickly filled. You can also park on the left-hand side of the street.

By bus:

Take the Bus 226, drop off at the last stop. From there you can walk along the River Bandon to the bridge, crossing the bridge and then turn left. This walk might last about 40 min.


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