On you day trip to Western Cork, the first stop is the historic port-town of Kinsale. In medieval times, the importance of Kinsale to Ireland's political strategy was such, that the neighboring hamlet of Cork, was described as being 'near to Kinsale' - a stark contrast to today's times, when it's exactly the other way round. Charles Fort - a 13th century star-shaped fort built to protect the port of Kinsale from French & Spanish invaders is the prime attraction. The guided tour by a member of the Office for Public Works is hugely informative & entertaining (the fabled Irish wit, yeah?). Much of Kinsale's decline as an important port is attributed to the sandbar in it's harbor. Cork was identified as a natural alternative and the rest, as they say, is history. Kinsale town is a charming little spec of culture and rural bounty. Schedule your trip to Kinsale on a Wednesday and be blessed by the weekly Farmer's Market, held on every Wednesday, right opposite the Tourist Office in town. There's great food, amazing juices, mouth-watering deserts and some absolutely amazing local life to be experienced in this market - do not miss for anything!
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There are a handful of routes to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro but many guide services attempt to get their teams to the top in 4 days. This route is one that will allow you to acclimatize well and also see different aspects of this great peak. You will start on the north side of the mountain from a town called Loitoktok in Kenya. From there you will be driven to the Rongai Gate and to the Nalemuru trailhead at 6500 feet. This is where you'll meet your guides and porters and begin the climb. Camp 1 is at 8700 ft about four miles up the trail making it a relatively short hike to reach the campsite. The climb on this day is through a large area of cornfields created by Tanzanian squatters at the edge of the park, then a brief incursion into a thin band of forest before the trees turn into tall scrub. Your guides will be working with you to find a slow pace that you can sustain all day (and night) for the summit day.