Paragliding in Old Head of Kinsale, Cork, Ireland

Skill Level:
Experienced Only
Best Wind Direction:
West, Southwest
Type Of Flying:
County Cork is situated in the South-West Region of Ireland and it is the largest of all Irish counties. The climate here, like the rest of Ireland, is classified as a maritime climate, usually with cool summers, mild winters and abundant rainfall. Cork enchants visitors with its beautiful landscapes, historic towns and magnificent coastline. In addition, it provides with a number of sporting and leisure activities to perform and remember forever.

Kinsale is a picturesque town that nestles at the mouth of the River Bandon, just 25 km/15.5 mi south of Cork city. It is considered to be the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, with a number of restaurants, pubs and cafes that caters to every taste and budget. The Old Head of Kinsale is located at a short distance from Kinsale and it is a great place to visit, if you have a passion for paragliding.

The launch area is beside the road, on the west side of the peninsula. The take off altitude is at 81 m/265.7 ft above sea level and the take off point is found at 51°37’13” (51.6204)N; 8°32’42” (8.5451)W. Admire the stunning views of the surrounding area, while you are flying through the air. The landing altitude is at 87 m/285.4 ft above sea level and the landing point is found at 51°37’15” (51.6211)N; 8°32’38” (8.5439)W. The optimum wind direction is from the west, southwest and the ideal time to visit the spot is during spring and summer months.

It is advisable to avoid landing on the Golf Course, as it is a private property. Keep in mind that it is a very windy location, so be cautious. Finally, Old Head of Kinsale is appropriate for more experienced pilots.

How to Get to Destination

41.7km/25.9mi, 47mins
Head east on Dyke Parade/N22 for Mardyke Street / Sráid Na Muirdíge. Continue to follow the N22. Turn right onto Courthouse Street/N22. Take the first turning left onto Washington Street/N22. Turn left at Grand Parade/N22. Continue to follow the N22. Turn right at Cé ne gCeannaithe / Merchant 's Quay/N8. Continue to Anderson's Quay / Cé Andarsan. Turn right at the Custom House Street/N27. Continue to follow the N27. Turn left at South Link Road/N27. Continue to follow the N27. Go through one roundabout. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit towards R600. Turn left into Pier Road/R600. Continue to follow the R600. Turn left into Cork Street/R600. Slight left onto the R604. Slight left.
Cork Airport,
34.5km/21.5mi 37mins drive

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