The charming town of Kinsale on the Cork coast is always popular with sailors. Drop in to Kinsale Boat Hire and take a dinghy round the harbour, hire a boat and explore the coast, or go sea-fishing with a skipper out into the open water. You can also take advantage of those crystal clear Atlantic waters and try surfing or coasteering on Garretstown beach. If you prefer to stay on dry land, the lush countryside has plenty to lure walkers, cyclists and even artists. Visit 17th century Charles Fort, or head west for the 6km (3.7 mile) Old Head of Kinsale looped walk, which takes you out to the lighthouse and past 2,000-year-old Celtic ruins. With boats filling the harbour with the freshest of seafood, the town is famous for its excellent restaurants and cafés, but the Gourmet Festival each October is a real highlight.