Old Head of Kinsale Cycle Loop
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This short loop takes you through beautiful Sandycove and then on to the famous Old Head of Kinsale. Then you spin down to Garretstown Beach and on to Ballinspittle.
The route back to Kinsale takes you past Ballinspittle Shrine, which became famous in the 1980s. You pack in a lot in a short distance on this route.
And although a little hilly, it is a great area for cycling. This can be combined with either the Cork – Kinsale Loop or the Baltimore to Kinsale rides.
Kinsale is a small town in a scenic bay in Cork.
James Fort is just a short way off the route.
Old Head of Kinsale – although the Old Head itself is closed to the public, the road around it offers great views of the coast both to the east and the west. It only requires a gentle climb up to it.
Garrettstown Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the area.
Ballinspittle Shrine was the scene of the phenomenon of moving statues in 1985.
Old Head of Kinsale Cycle Loop Useful Info
Most of this route is on backroads, apart from the sections leaving and entering Kinsale.
Bus 249 goes from Cork to Kinsale every couple of hours or so.