Places of Interest nearby
Location address: Ireland, Kinsale
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The Old Head of Kinsale is popular with golfers who come to play on its 18 Hole golf course that opened in 1997. Unfortunately, this beautiful area has been restricted to golfers and guests only, and there has been a long-running campaign for the restoration of public access organised by the Free the Old Head of Kinsale Campaign. This campaign has mainly taken the format of “People’s Picnics”, some of them involving “incursions” onto the headland and holding the picnics at the Old Head lighthouse.
The old head of Kinsale was formed by differential erosion. An outcrop of hard sandstone is lodged between two layers of shale. The shale is eroded by marine action at a faster rate than the sandstone. The sandstone anticlines were much more resistant to erosion than the slate filled synclines. Thus over time the headland was formed.
Linked themes: Geology