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Topper Tuesdays are   back!

We are very excited to announce the return of Topper Tuesdays! This sailing course is open to teens with Basic Skills 2 certification. Our four weeks of fun will get you out sailing in Kinsale Harbour, exploring all that the area has to offer. Join us for four consecutive Tuesday evenings from 5.30 to 8.30 pm.


Specific dates are listed below. 

For queries, contact, call us at 021 477 2896, or book now through the Easy Payments Plus link: 

Programme dates:


Course 1:                                               Course 2:

23 April                                                        21 May

30 April                                                        28 May

7 May                                                           4 June

14 May                                                         11 June  


Welcome to Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre

Providers of Outdoor Education in

Cork since 1976

Who Are We?

Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre has been fostering a strong connection between the community and the wonders of the great outdoors since its establishment in 1976. Our centre offers an extensive range of outdoor education, adventure, and personal development experiences, encompassing activities like camping, hiking, and comprehensive outdoor skills training.

Nestled in a uniquely picturesque location, our centre provides an ideal backdrop for a diverse array of activities, including sailing, kayaking, powerboating, stand-up paddleboarding, climbing, and archery, among others. The possibilities are as vast as the great outdoors itself.

What sets us apart is not just our remarkable setting but also our team of highly trained and qualified staff. With a steadfast commitment to safety, education, and fun, our staff ensures that participants engage in adventure activities and programmes that are not only thrilling but also enriching. Each experience is carefully designed to provide a balance of excitement and learning, making every moment memorable.

At Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre, we are more than just an adventure hub; we are dedicated to promoting outdoor learning and nurturing a deep connection with nature. Through our programmes, we aim to inspire individuals to appreciate and understand the natural world, fostering a sense of responsibility and stewardship for the environment. Join us on a journey of discovery, where education meets the great outdoors, creating lasting memories and meaningful connections with nature.

Why Choose Us

Experienced Staff

Our experienced & highly qualified instructors are passionate about the outdoors and have the knowledge and skills to help people learn and grow using the outdoor environment. 

Community education

Our educational programmes are carefully designed to offer a range of activities and experiences to suit many vested demographics, such as ETB secondary schools, Youthreach services, inclusion groups and community members looking to work on personal development through the outdoors.

Quality venues on our doorstep

We take you off the beaten path to explore some of the best areas of Cork, including Kinsale Harbour, the Old Head of Kinsale, Garrettstown Beach, Oysterhaven and many more.

What Our Participants Say

"Thank you to all the fantastic leaders who facilitated the Explore Kinsale programme. My jaw is still on the floor-they kayaked all the way to Charlesfort and back!"

"My daughter immensely enjoyed the experience. I think a huge positive is that you and the team treated them as you would any other teenager. It was a great experience and everyone was so kind and helpful."

"Here I strengthened myself, stopped being afraid of cold water and learned a lot. When I heard about the course I didn't know what to expect but I now know two thing: active development is for me, and I want to remain in Ireland thanks to the great people and fabulous nature."

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"A pathway for every learner

Cork Education and Training Board Strategy Statement

Stay in Touch


021 477 2896

St. John's Hill,


Co. Cork.

P17 VX54

Contact us

St. John's Hill, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland

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