Southern Ireland coast- Cork to Kinsale

We had a good crossing from Scilly to Cork (23 hours), meaning the winds were a little too exciting at times. It was a very quiet crossing with no sightings of other boats, a little disconcerting especially at night. We checked the AIS just for reassurance. On Richards watch we passed two gas rigs then saw little else before glimpsing the Irish coast.

Last view of Scilly from the Irish Sea
Last view of Scilly from the Irish Sea
All at sea
All at sea

The Irish coast, a welcome sight
The Irish coast, a welcome sight

After mooring the boat in Crosshaven Marina we caught a bus into Cork. We wandered around, saw the sights and really enjoyed stretching our legs.
Cork
Cork
The English Market, Cork
The English Market, Cork

We left the boat in Crosshaven and flew home to England the next day.
Crosshaven
Crosshaven

On our return to Crosshaven, two weeks later, we replenished our supplies. There is a good supermarket in Crosshaven, these become a rarity as you travel west.
Leaving Crosshaven
Leaving Crosshaven

We sailed over the bay to the colourful town of Cobh. This was an interesting place because of its links to the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic.
Cobh
Cobh

Third class cabin
Third class cabin
First class cabin
First class cabin
The Titanic exhibition was well presented. Our tickets held the name of a titanic passenger. At the end you found out if they were one of the survivors, Richard survived and I didn’t. There were reconstructions of cabin interiors which looked quite luxurious, with proper furniture and running water.
Virtuelle, first class of course.
Virtuelle, first class of course, not sure about the cruise liner behind?.

We also visited an exhibition describing the mass emigrations from Ireland. The sheer the scale of it was shocking. The desperation that motivates people to flee their home countries on such treacherous journeys. Very relevant when you consider the migration that is happening today.
We had moored next to a restaurant so enjoyed a good lunch before setting off for Kinsale.
Coastline Cork to Kinsale
Coastline Cork to Kinsale