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51° 40.50N 008° 30.0W


AC 1765 Old Head of Kinsale to Power Head, AC 2053 Kinsale, SC5622, Imray C57 with plan of Kinsale

Rules & Regulations

Harbour Speed limit 6kts


Bulman Rock 2 cables south of Preghane Point. Shallows close North of Blockhouse Point

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Kinsale is HW Cobh -0012. MHWS 3.9m MHWN 3.2m MLWN 1.4m MLWS 0.6m

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Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Edwardo | 14th Jul 2024
Constant harassment from the Harbour masters if you aren't Irish. Expect it. They make no attempt to hide it. They view all foreign boats as criminals. Yet they have stolen dinghies on a few occasions leaving people unable to get to their boats as they say you can't leave them on the slips, which just means you can't leave the boats. Visitor moorings are 15 euro a night. They are usually full. Castlepark marina is cheap, it has winter rates and summer rates so take that into consideration. It is the better of the two harbors next to a small beach and a castle, but a slight walk from town. The other harbor has the advantage of being closer to town but it is more expensive.
Kinsale mooring buoys
Written by Fiona Balloch | 26th Jun 2023
When you pick up a yellow harbour buoy, they are marked visitor and have the mobile number 021 477 2154 on them. Call that number to register with the harbour master that you are on the buoy. You can pay over the phone. We paid a week then were told to call again before we left to pay remaining nights. 15 euros a night.
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Castlepark Marina
Written by Fiona Balloch | 18th Jun 2023
The marina master will usually squeeze you in, if Kinsale is full. It's easy to take your dinghy from there across to Trident Marina (gate is open, and no charge) and then walk the couple of minutes into Kinsale town. I'd recommend using your outboard due to tide. Castlepark is a tight marina but the marina staff help you into your berth. They even WhatsApp you with a photo of the marina with a mark on it to show you where your berth is. I wish all marinas did this! The beach at Castlepark is a couple of minutes walk away, beautiful, sandy and shallow for swimming. Euro 40 a night for 9.8m boat.
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Written by Don Thomson 3 | 20th Oct 2022
We are hearing reports of serious silting affecting the depths in the KYC marina and the local authorities are looking at ways of addressing this.
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 13th Oct 2022
I reviewed these notes in October 2022. The Harbour website has been taken down and we are trying to discover its new URL. Prices have increased.
Update Summer 2019
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 25th Jul 2019
These notes were reviewed in July 2019. We have drawn attention to the lack of transport between Castlepark Marina and the centre of Kinsale.
Kinsale YC recommended
Written by Ningaloo | 5th Jul 2019
Little to recommend at Castle Park which only has two rather scruffy showers which require coin payment and are accessed by a path littered with dog excrement as the harbour master allows his dog to run free and makes no attempt to pick up after it. No food at the adjacent pub so you have a 45 minute walk (each way) for any further facilities.

Kinsale YC is very friendly and I cannot understand anyone choosing to moor elsewhere unless there is s regatta (as there was on our first visit).

Both marinas cost us €38 a night.

Kinsale can be reached from Cork Airport by an hourly bus service.

Castle park marina Kinsale
Written by MW | 21st Jun 2017
Lovely beach is just 3 minutes away from the marina so excellent for kids! Lovely harbourmaster is very helping and if you get fuel you will get a better rate for a berth! Electricity - you need an adapter for that- first time we encountered this in Ireland. Lovely place!
Written by Don Thomson | 25th Apr 2017
I reviewed these notes in April 2017. Not much has changed here, the Marinas working on the Kinsale Harbour dues. Castle Park will be providing food and entertainment at the weekends.
Written by Captain Guy | 22nd Aug 2016
No fuel available at KYC, you have to go to Castlepasrk
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