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Quiet, ruined fort

More of a ruined fort than Charles Fort, but lovely for it. It's a 40 minute walk from Kinsale... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2018
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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The other Kinsale fort

If you like ruins, you'll love this. If not, off with you to the establishment favourite, Charles... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2018
Tony O
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The six kilometer round trip walk is the perfect counter part to all of the eating one does in Kinsale. We did this walk on each of our two stays and really enjoy the history and the beautiful views from the hill tops.

Thank Lynn O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The old fort ruin is just that a ruin, it’s a steep uphill walk and there are no views of Kinsale from the stone ruin but as you walk up and around. The Charles Fort is by far the most imposing with great views and...More

Thank MartinBrophy
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

More of a ruined fort than Charles Fort, but lovely for it. It's a 40 minute walk from Kinsale, there is a pub just before the fort to quench your thirst. The ruins leave quite a lot to the imagination but the view over to...More

Thank Dom682014
Reviewed 2 August 2018

If you like ruins, you'll love this. If not, off with you to the establishment favourite, Charles Fort. Do NOT make the walk up, look around and declare - but it's a ruin! That's the whole point! Note that the outer wall is fully grown...More

Thank Tony O
Reviewed 24 July 2018

We decided to walk the two miles to fort as it was lovely day. We got the map and headed out of town, following the path round the cove. However, no one had said how HILLY it would be! Not just regular, gentle sloping hills...More

1  Thank musimom
Reviewed 15 July 2018

We'd already visited the very well preserved Charles Fort across the water, and now we were starting our day here at James Fort. You need to park down a ways and walk up to it, but it's an easy walk. The ruins are interesting to...More

1  Thank quinnunit66
Reviewed 5 July 2018

Its a ruined fort up on a hill. Easy walk from the beach. There are many like this in Ireland. I would recommend if you are at the beach, but would prefer the walk the other way to Charles Fort if you were in the...More

Thank ofeelia9
Reviewed 20 June 2018

If you go to see this Fort be aware that you have to walk up unpaved, muddy inclines to get to it. If you have any issues with mobility I would not recommend going to see the Fort. Once you get up to the fort,it...More

Thank chercharles
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Nice walk up to the fort. You can’t actually go into the fort itself and we could only find one information sign for the place, which was interesting but would have been nice to see more. There are cool little tunnels you can walk in...More

Thank shaka l
Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

Drove out to the fort, parking was a bit of a challenge as it gets busy and it’s free. Once parked walked up to the fort and enjoyed views back over the marina and then out to the bay with Charles Fort on the other...More

Thank Craig B
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