This scenic 7 km out and back coastal trail is suitable for runners of all backgrounds and experience with spectacular views at every turn such as Charles Fort, Sandycove, and the Old Head of Kinsale.
- Distance: 7km
- Elevation Gain: 190m
- Terrain: Trail
- GPS Starting/Finish Point: 51.69793, -8.49906
Starting at Charles Fort there is a well-marked walking trail along the easterly side of the harbour. From Charles Fort there is a well maintained hard surfaced gravel path that undulates slightly as it guides you to Kinsale Boatyard, which is nestled behind a little stoney beach named Middle Cove. From Middle Cove the path turns into a narrow trail which continues all the way to Lower Cove where there is another beautifully secluded beach. Here the trail merges briefly with a quiet road. Follow this road naturally around to the left and in a few metres cross the little stream on the right. Climb gradually through the forest path before emerging from the woods and exposing the mouth of Kinsale Harbour. This section of the trail can be a bit overgrown and muddy at times. Bending through the ferns, the cliff path rises first to Preghane Point where you can take in breath-taking views of Sandycove and the Old Head of Kinsale. Continue along the coast through open fields to Hangman’s Point, stand tall against the wild Atlantic wind and breath deep before turning around.