Ballycotton Cliff Walk, Cork

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#4 of 19 in Historic Sites in Cork
Traversing meadows and cliffs, Ballycotton Cliff Walk represents one of the area's most scenic hiking routes. The 8 km (5 mi) path stretches from Ballycotton village to Ballyandreen beach, providing walkers with plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife and snap photos of the southern Irish coastline. Take time to read the notice board located in the parking lot to learn about some of the 300 species of birds that can be sighted along the way. The path is not suitable for bikes or strollers due to the many stiles positioned on the route. Using our online itinerary creator, Cork attractions like Ballycotton Cliff Walk can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • You may not hear about it in the context of West Cork or the Ring of Kerry, but it is every bit as beautiful. It's ruggedness and constantly changing sea views is spectacular. It's a hidden Gem. The p...  more »
  • Tiny fishing harbour with excellent walk along the coast. Only minutes from the famous Ballymalloe cookery school and shop. Worth a visit.  more »
  • If you get one of those "rare" days sunny in Ireland it is highly recommended. Very quiet walk with wonderful views
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  • Could be called 'Blackberry way' at this time of year, you won't go hungry. Agree with sturdy footwear advice of others and don't forget to hydrate. A rewarding 3 hours.
  • Absolutely love this walk. Every time my husband and I come down for a holiday we do this walk with our cocker spaniel who loves running through the fields and splashing in the sea. It takes us about two and a half hours as we take some back roads which will bring us back into Ballycotton where we go for a well deserved cool drink at the Blackbird and some yummy food from the Field Kitchen 🤗🍤🍻
  • Fantastic walk, views are spectacular, and a nice fresh breeze. Perfect to shake off the cobwebs on a Sunday morning.
  • Great views. 10 km walking. Take good shoes as it's easy for twisting an ancle
  • Refreshing walk along the cliffs. Very popular for families and dogs. Easy trail for anyone. Cannot get lost. Popular for bird watching. Really inspiring when storming.

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Where to stay in Cork

A destination in and of itself, Cork City has a dense center with plenty of hotels and hostels. Head north of the city center for affordable options like mid-range hotels and guesthouses. From here, you can walk or bike to all of the sights in the heart of the city. If everything is booked, or if you've simply come to explore the city's surrounding nature, check out the campgrounds about ten minutes from the center of town by car. There are also a number of charming bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and other pensions in the outskirts, which can be a good option if you're using the city as a base for exploring the sights of Cork County.
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