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Baltimore Village

The village located on the shores of a very sheltered bay is popular with sailing enthusiasts. A number of sailing regettas take place throughout the summer. The area is also ideal for walking and cycling.

Baltimore Village
    See Also : Kinsale - the "Gourmet Capital of Ireland is just a few miles to the East

    Baltimore

    Baltimore
    Learn to sail , visit the islands, explore the wild life. The village of Baltimore is located about 8 miles from Skibbereen and overlooks one of the finest harbours on the south coast.Baltimore is a popular sailing location. It has a broad safe harbour and bay. The bay is protected from the open sea by Sherkin Island. Restaurants The village h ......More
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    Learn to sail , visit the islands, explore the wild life. The village of Baltimore is located about 8 miles from Skibbereen and overlooks one of the finest harbours on the south coast.

    Baltimore is a popular sailing location. It has a broad safe harbour and bay. The bay is protected from the open sea by Sherkin Island. Restaurants
    The village has a number of good restaurants serving fresh food – would you expect less? Though of course you can dine on freshly baked piazzas.

    Baltimore is excellent base for cycling or for stopping on a Mizen tour. The roads around are fairly quiet and there are many small rarely traveled narrow roads.

    Baltimore Festivals
    The town plays host to a number of festivals throughout the year starting with the Heritage Festival in April.

    April: Heritage Festival
    May: Fiddle Fair
    June: Midsummer Festival
    August: Baltimore Regatta
    August: Deep Sea Angling Festival

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    Baltimore is located about 8 miles from Skibbereen and overlooks one of the finest harbours on the south coast." />

    The Beacon

    The Beacon
    BeaconFrom Baltimore village, the walk to the beacon takes about twenty minutes. From the top, you have excellent views of the harbour, Sherkin Island and the south coast.Baltimore SharksDuring May and June, the waters around the south coast abound with Basking Sharks. On a ferry crossing to Clare island you maybe lucky to see sharks in the ......More
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    Beacon

    From Baltimore village, the walk to the beacon takes about twenty minutes. From the top, you have excellent views of the harbour, Sherkin Island and the south coast.



    Baltimore Sharks

    During May and June, the waters around the south coast abound with Basking Sharks.

    On a ferry crossing to Clare island you maybe lucky to see sharks in the open waters. Inside Baltimore harbour dolphins are often seen.

    Fastnet Lighthouse
    On a clear day the Fastnet lighthouse is clearly seen in the distance from the beacon. The lighthouse is about 20 km off shore.

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    Sherkin Island and the south coast.

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    Schull

    The small town of Schull, with its numerous restaurants and pubs over looks an excellent and sheltered bay. The area is popular with cyclists, sailors and walkers.

    Schull
      See Also : Cork City - is worth a visit and is closeby.

      Schull

      Schull
      With its fine sheltered bay, Schull is ideal for watersports. But you can easily visit the islands or the Fastnet Rock and in the evening enjoy the ceoil agus craic The village of Schull is named after the medieval monastic school of Scoil Mhuire, though it's church is in ruins. Like quite  a few of  the bays on the south coast, Schull's harb ......More
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      With its fine sheltered bay, Schull is ideal for watersports. But you can easily visit the islands or the Fastnet Rock and in the evening enjoy the ceoil agus craic



      The village of Schull is named after the medieval monastic school of Scoil Mhuire, though it's church is in ruins.

      Like quite  a few of  the bays on the south coast, Schull's harbour is safe and well protected from winter storms.

      Fishing is still a major activity in Schull.

      The town has a modern fish processing plant to cater for the local and international fishing fleets that work the waters off the south coast.



      With it's safe and large harbour, water sports is naturally a major pastime for visitors. Boats can be hired locally and sailing courses are run through the summer period.



      Being a country town, Schull has a country market. Enjoy meeting the local producers as they sell their cheeses, butters, bread and other home made produce including excellent jams when in season.

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      On the way to Schull

      On the way to Schull
      The winding twisting road from Baltimore to Schull, takes you along a tidal estuary. At low tide the mudflats can be exposed for a number of miles in land. When you reach Skibbereen, take the N71 left heading towards Ballydehob. Some of the smaller roads are very quiet and good for cycling. Schull FerriesFancy a trip to an island ? Then hop on boa ......More
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      The winding twisting road from Baltimore to Schull, takes you along a tidal estuary.

      At low tide the mudflats can be exposed for a number of miles in land.

      When you reach Skibbereen, take the N71 left heading towards Ballydehob.

      Some of the smaller roads are very quiet and good for cycling.



      Schull Ferries

      Fancy a trip to an island ? Then hop on board a ferry at Schull and take the 40 minute trip to Cape Clear.

      The ferry captain has a wealth of local knowledge and will keep you enthralled on the journey.

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      road from Baltimore to Schull, takes you along a tidal estuary.

      At low tide the mudflats can be exposed for a number of miles in land.

      When you reach Skibbereen, take the N71 left heading towards Ballydehob.

      Some of the smaller roads are very quiet and good for cycling.

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      Explore the islands.

      Just off the coast there many islands worth visiting and exploring. The Fastnet - though the smallest is the most dramatic. Sherkin Island lies in Baltimore Harbour, while Cape Clear is accessible from Baltimore and Schull.

      Explore the islands.
        See Also : Aran Islands - interested in islands then check out the Aran Islands

        Fastnet Rock

        Fastnet  Rock
        On the horizon about 9 miles out from Schull lies the Fastnet lighthouse. At night you can clearly see its beam lighting the sky. Fastnet Lighthouse Construction of  the lighthouse commenced at the end of the 19th century and became operational in the ConstructionThe lighthouse is built from granite originating from Cornwall in England. The ......More
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        On the horizon about 9 miles out from Schull lies the Fastnet lighthouse. At night you can clearly see its beam lighting the sky.



        Fastnet Lighthouse
        Construction of  the lighthouse commenced at the end of the 19th century and became operational in the

        Construction
        The lighthouse is built from granite originating from Cornwall in England.

        The tower has over 80 rows of solid concrete blocks.



        Fastnet Cost
        Construction work on the light house took approx. 7 years and the project cost 90,000£. The lighthouse was manned, though never womanned until 1989 when it became automatic.



        Fastnet Tour
        Once a week starting in June, the Schull Ferry KaryKraft does an evening tour of the rock.

        The trip lasts 2 and half hours and is excellent. The captain provides a running dialogue for most of the trip.

        When he tires of talk he breaks out into song, plays an accordion and is often joined by the passengers.

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        9 miles out from Schull lies the Fastnet lighthouse. At night you can clearly see its beam lighting the sky.

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        Cape Clear Island

        Cape Clear Island
        Visit Ireland's most southerly island , just 25 minutes ferry trip from Baltimore or Schull. The island of Cape Clear lies about 30/40 minutes ferry ride from Schull and Baltimore. During summer months the ferries run a number of times daily. Winter storms can effect the crossings from late October to early spring. The island is the most sou ......More
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        Visit Ireland's most southerly island , just 25 minutes ferry trip from Baltimore or Schull.



        The island of Cape Clear lies about 30/40 minutes ferry ride from Schull and Baltimore.

        During summer months the ferries run a number of times daily. Winter storms can effect the crossings from late October to early spring.



        The island is the most southerly of Ireland's populated islands, with a population of greater than 200.

        The island hosts a number of festivals throughout the year – including the Cape Clear Island International Story Telling Festival in September.

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        Ireland's most southerly island , just 25 minutes ferry trip from Baltimore or Schull.

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        Getting to Cape Clear

        Getting to Cape Clear
        The Island is easily accessible from either Baltimore or Schull.Cape Clear Bird WatchingCape Clear island is an important bird watching location and even has it's own permanent bird warden. WhaleWhale and dolphin watching have become popular and the local boats do regular sea trips to locate these pods.DivingDue to an abundance of wre ......More
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        The Island is easily accessible from either Baltimore or Schull.

        Cape Clear Bird Watching
        Cape Clear island is an important bird watching location and even has it's own permanent bird warden.



        Whale
        Whale and dolphin watching have become popular and the local boats do regular sea trips to locate these pods.

        Diving
        Due to an abundance of wrecks in the area, diving is popular both for the experienced and novice divers.

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        Sherkin Island

        Sherkin  Island
        The island has a number of small beaches and rocky coves and is relatively quiet even in the busy periods of July and August. Sherkin Island is only about ten minutes by ferry from Baltimore. The ferries go regularly and cost about 10 euro return. There are few cars on the island, which makes it excellent for walking and cycling. The island ha ......More
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        The island has a number of small beaches and rocky coves and is relatively quiet even in the busy periods of July and August.

        Sherkin Island is only about ten minutes by ferry from Baltimore.

        The ferries go regularly and cost about 10 euro return.



        There are few cars on the island, which makes it excellent for walking and cycling.

        The island has accommodation, food and two bars, so you wont starve.

        The island is also home to a number of artists.

        So maybe you will find the painting you have dreamed off.

        The island of Sherkin has the ruins of Franciscan monasterydating back to the 15h century.

        The ruins are managed by the Office of Public works.



        Sherkin Music
        During the summer months the bars on Sherkin often have live music.

        The ferry times from Baltimore are arranged to bring you to and back from the music sessions.

        Sherkin Island Flora
        The island has a wide range of flora – playing host to many migrating birds, it's waters being visited by schools of dolphin and pods of whales.

        Just ten minutes from the mainland, you can enjoy almost car free roads, sandy beaches and some good music and art.



        The island has a wide range of flora – playing host to many migrating birds, it's waters being visited by schools of dolphin and pods of whales.

        Just ten minutes from the mainland, you can enjoy almost car free roads, sandy beaches and some good music and art

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        Sherkin Island is only about ten minutes by ferry from Baltimore.

        The ferries go regularly and cost about 10 euro return.

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        Crookhaven and West

        Crookhaven and West Mizen Peninsula is as far south west as you can go. The area is popular with walkers, cyclists and sailors and has some excellent beaches and a local caravan park

        Crookhaven and West

          Crookhaven

          Crookhaven
          Make your way via Crookhaven and Barley cove and see the most westerly light house in Ireland. Crookhaven is Ireland's most south westerly village. The village comprises a number of pubs all serving good food, a restaurant, craft shop all on the harbour, along with a number of houses. The harbour at Crookhaven  is another safe harbour and freq ......More
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          Make your way via Crookhaven and Barley cove and see the most westerly light house in Ireland.



          Crookhaven is Ireland's most south westerly village.

          The village comprises a number of pubs all serving good food, a restaurant, craft shop all on the harbour, along with a number of houses.

          The harbour at Crookhaven  is another safe harbour and frequented by the sailing community.

          The harbour is well sheltered and provides protection from summer storms.

          During the steam ship era, Crookhaven was the last point of contact for ships crossing the Atlantic to America.

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          Crookhaven and Barley cove and see the most westerly light house in Ireland.

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          The Beaches

          The Beaches
          Barley CoveThere are a number of fine sandy beaches close to Crookhaven. Cockle beach is at the head of the bay and Barley cove lies facing the Atlantic. The area is popular with families during the summer. Mizen HeadMizen Head is Irelands most south westerly point. A lighthouse is perched on a tiny island at the tip of the head. The drive t ......More
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          Barley Cove
          There are a number of fine sandy beaches close to Crookhaven.

          Cockle beach is at the head of the bay and Barley cove lies facing the Atlantic.

          The area is popular with families during the summer.



          Mizen Head
          Mizen Head is Irelands most south westerly point.

          A lighthouse is perched on a tiny island at the tip of the head.

          The drive to Mizen head is about 4 miles from Barley cove and offers some lovely views of the bay.

          Close to the lighthouse there is an interpretative centre which has some excellent exhibits and lots of information about the lighthouse.



          Mizen Bridge
          The Bridge from the head to the lighthouse has in recent years been replaced aned access was re-opened in 2011.
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          Barley Cove
          There are a number of fine sandy beaches close to Crookhaven.

          Cockle beach is at the head of the bay and Barley cove lies facing the Atlantic.

          The area is popular with families during the summer.

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          Dunmanus Bay

          Dunmanus Bay
          The Bay lies between the Mizen Head Peninsula and Sheep's Head Peninsula. The drive around the coast is rugged and the scenery wild. The area is fairly isolated.
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          The Bay lies between the Mizen Head Peninsula and Sheep's Head Peninsula. The drive around the coast is rugged and the scenery wild. The area is fairly isolated.

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          Glandore to Skibbereen

          Explore the villages and towns along the south coast from Glandore to Skibbereen

          Glandore to Skibbereen

            Glandore and Union Hall

            Glandore and Union Hall
            Sailing, good food, relaxing - then spend sometime in Glandore and Union Hall. The village is small and over looks a long safe bay with plenty of sheltered moorings and is excellent location to learn to sail. Union Hall On the opposite side of Glandore Harbour lies Union Hall. This is a small working fishing village and home to some well pain ......More
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            Sailing, good food, relaxing - then spend sometime in Glandore and Union Hall.



            The village is small and over looks a long safe bay with plenty of sheltered moorings and is excellent location to learn to sail.

             

            Union Hall

            On the opposite side of Glandore Harbour lies Union Hall.

            This is a small working fishing village and home to some well painted colourful boats.

            The village overlooks a small lagoon.

            The village is a nice place to act as base when touring the area.

            It has some good restaurants which open out onto the water front.

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            Glandore and Union Hall.

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            Rosscarbery

            Rosscarbery
            Rosscarberry is a seaside town with some fine restaurants and bars on the road from Cork to Kinsale.
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            Rosscarberry is a seaside town with some fine restaurants and bars on the road from Cork to Kinsale.

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            Skibbereen

            Skibbereen
            Skibbereen is the most southerly town in Ireland, and is located in County Cork. During the Great Hunger, soup kitchens were set up in Skibbereen, which drew an influx of people from the surrounding areas. A printed copy of the ‘rules for establishment of charity soup in Skibbereen’ dated 31st October 1846 still exists. Up to 10,000 victims of t ......More
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            Skibbereen is the most southerly town in Ireland, and is located in County Cork. During the Great Hunger, soup kitchens were set up in Skibbereen, which drew an influx of people from the surrounding areas. A printed copy of the ‘rules for establishment of charity soup in Skibbereen’ dated 31st October 1846 still exists. Up to 10,000 victims of the Great Hunger (Irish Famine) are buried in burial pits at Abbeystrewery Cemetery

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            Tragumna

            Tragumna
            Tra Gumna is a small village located outside Skibbereen. It has a beautiful small beach, and a tiny island located approximately 100 meters off shore.
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            Tra Gumna is a small village located outside Skibbereen. It has a beautiful small beach, and a tiny island located approximately 100 meters off shore.

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            Castletownshend

            Castletownshend
            A small 17th century castle built by Richard Townsend, gives the town it's name. The descendants of Richard still live in the castle, which over looks the sea. Some of the stained glass windows in the local church are by Harry Clarke.
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            A small 17th century castle built by Richard Townsend, gives the town it's name. The descendants of Richard still live in the castle, which over looks the sea. Some of the stained glass windows in the local church are by Harry Clarke.

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            East of Kinsale

            East of Kinsale there are a number of small roads that run down to sandy coves or cliff paths. The road at Nohaval is typical.

            East of Kinsale

              Nohoval

              Nohoval
              Nohaval is a village in County Cork not far from Kinsale, and is surrounded by stunning land and seascapes.
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              Nohaval is a village in County Cork not far from Kinsale, and is surrounded by stunning land and seascapes.

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