One of Ireland’s most enchanting seaside towns, Kinsale is just 25 kilometers south of Cork. Its jumble of mainly Georgian and Victorian architecture climbs up Compass Hill from the water’s edge. There's a pretty sheltered harbor dotted with boats, which is reached through a small channel guarded on either side by the English-built James and Charles Forts. The southernmost stop on the 2,500-kilometer-long Wild Atlantic Way (a coastal touring route), Kinsale is also something of a gastro-hotspot. Its streets are a pleasing mix of shops, pubs and restaurants serving local, freshly caught seafood.