Kinsale & Charles Fort

We (Declan, Jean & Elaine) went to Kinsale last Friday. We had lunch in the Blue Haven Hotel. Check it out – food was lovely, the ground floor of the hotel was totally accessible and the staff attentive at all times. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet on the ground floor.

There are a number of designated parking spaces around the town. Check t out – www. Elaine and I explored the town a bit and found that it is largely accessible but a word of caution if you like to move around unaccompanied. There are a few areas where the footpaths are so narrow that they are called footpaths because you can only have one foot on at any given time. This not a design flaw but due to the age of the town and the narrow streets. Don’t let it put you off a visit just be aware. The town is also a bit on the hilly side which makes some areas hard work even if accompanied. The area down towards the marina is lovely and flat and accessible and delightful on a warm summer’s day just to sit and watch the world go by. There is a public wheelchair accessible toilet nearby. Well worth a visit.

We then went on to Charles Fort. Check it out – I haven’t been there for a long time and found that the OPW have made huge improvements. The day was a bit blustery and Elaine and I went into the fort. Getting in and out was hard work through no fault of the OPW. The angles of the ramps and the use of cobble stones when the fort was being built are to blame. We decided not to do the full tour at that time but resolved to return on a sunny day and bring Henry with us. A bit of muscle is always handy. Well worth a visit but be aware of the difficulties.

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