GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Old Head of Kinsale Loop Walk

4 miles (6.2 km)

This circular walk explores a beautiful coastal headland near Kinsale in County Cork.
The walk starts from Garretstown beach and follows a series of country lanes around the headland. It's a fairly easy walk, running for about 4 miles on surfaced paths. At the southern end of the route you will visit the memorial to the crew of theRMSLusitania. The Britishocean liner was sunk close to the headland, on 7th May 1915 by a GermanU-boat. Around here you can also see the ruins of Downmacpatrick Castle with fabulous views down to the tip of the headland.
Since the golf course opened, access to the southern end of the Old Head of Kinsale has been restricted to golfers and guests only. There has been a long-running campaign for the restoration of public access organised by theFree the Old Head of Kinsale Campaign. However there's still some wonderful sea views to enjoy from the southern end of this loop.
To continue your coastal walking in Cork, head west to the Seven Heads. There's a long circular trail to follow around the peninsula with pretty seaside villages, lovely beaches and bays.
To the east you will find the Ballycotton Cliff Walk. The popular cliff top trail runs from Ballycotton village to Ballyandreenalong a wonderful cliff top path.

Old Head of Kinsale Loop Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

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Photos

Sand, sea and surf - geograph.org.uk - 558220

Sand, sea and surf

Disused farmhouse on the Old Head of Kinsale - geograph.org.uk - 1369694

Disused farmhouse on the Old Head of Kinsale

Farmland on the Old Head of Kinsale - geograph.org.uk - 1370065

Farmland on the Old Head of Kinsale

Lusitania memorial - Old Head of Kinsale - geograph.org.uk - 1370117

Lusitania memorial

Old Head of Kinsale, Co, Cork - geograph.org.uk - 13116

Old Head of Kinsale, Co, Cork

Old Head of Kinsale - geograph.org.uk - 1571026

Old Head of Kinsale

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