Ballycotton Beaches

Beaches

Ballycotton is surrounded by wonderful beaches. In the village there is a small beach called the Conger by Ballycotton Pier. For the more adventurous swimmers you can swim from "The men’s bathing area" which is accessed by steps down to a rocky platform on your left going towards the Cliff Walk. In the middle of the village there is a slip way know locally as "The Cow" and here you will find a rocky beach which is great for rock pools. The Ballycotton Bay area has one long sandy beach that stretches for miles from Silverstrand near Ballycotton to Ballycrenane near Knockadoon Head.

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Ballycotton Cliff Walk

Ballycotton Cliff Walk

The Cliff Walk is from Ballycotton village to Ballyandreen beach along a cliff track where you are flanked by meadows on one side and the ocean on the other. It starts at the end of Ballycotton village (at the y in the road take the right up the hill, the left takes you to the pier). The walk extends over 5 miles on a foot worn track along the cliff face with stunning views and passes Ballytrasna beach. There are many stiles to cross on the route (so not suitable for bikes or buggies).
Check out the map of the Ballycotton Cliff Walk.
See what tripadvisor says about the Ballycotton Cliff Walk, for more photos check out Cork Guide - Ballycotton.

Fishing & Sea Angling

Fishing

Ballycotton has a proud fishing tradition and many locals still earn their livelihood from fishing. From Ballycotton pier and breakwater you can fish for mackerel and conger (night time best) and from the Breakwater you can bottom fish for plaice, dabs, black sole and dogfish, codling in winter time and mullet inside the Breakwater. The Irish record for plaice and black sole have been recorded here. All around Ballycotton Bay has great fishing spots. Check out the fishing websites for more details.
Websites:
Fishing Ireland - Ballycotton
Go Fishing Ireland - Ballycotton

Fishing & Sea Angling

Deep Sea Angling

For an amazing Deep Sea Angling experience come to Ballycotton! The Ballycotton harbour is non-tidal and boats can go to sea at any time. Favourite angling-marks can be reached within 20-40 minutes. From Ballycotton Pier you can charter a boat and trips can be tailored to suit the needs of passengers. Colm Sliney skippers the Sarah Marie and Peter Manning skippers the Cliona.
Websites:
Sea Angling Ireland - Cork
Ballycotton Angling - Colm Sliney
Ballycotton Angling Centre - Peter Manning

Sailing

Sailing

Ballycotton has a number of moorings or anchoring outside the harbour. This is the best option for visiting boats as the harbour is very busy with fishing boats. Ballycotton Bay provides excellent holding in a good anchorage in all westerly conditions. Access is straightforward as there are no off-lying dangers for an eastern approach.
Website: inyourfootsteps.com

Ballycotton Lifeboat

Ballycotton Lifeboat Station

Ballycotton is one of the oldest stations in Ireland, being opened in 1858. Today, the station operates one of the most modern lifeboats in the RNLI's fleet, The 14m Trent class all weather lifeboat. The lifeboat volunteers who crew the boat and manage the station are proud of their station and record.
Ballycotton Lifeboat Souvenir Shop is open every Sunday afternoon between 3pm and 5pm throughout the summer.
Website: ballycottonlifeboat.org

Mary Stanford

Mary Stanford

The Mary Stanford, Ballycotton, was the first and is the only Lifeboat in RNLI history to have been awarded a gold medal for gallantry, that is the boat herself, as well as her brave crew for the famous Daunt Lightship rescue on 11th February 1936 and she now sadly languishes in a backwater of Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock almost certainly heading towards being scuttled unless she is rescued soon!
Website: The Mary Stanford

Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours

Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours

Experience the fresh Ballycotton sea air, be mesmerised by the natural beauty and stunning views that Ballycotton has to offer. Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours is a truly magical memory-making excursion. Travel in an open topped boat, hike to the Ballycotton lighthouse summit & explore the lighthouse.
Website: Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours

Ballycotton 10

Running

The Ballycotton 10 Running Race is a famous road race which takes places in Ballycotton in March (generally on the first Sunday of March). People come from all around to take part in this 10 mile road race and it is a sight to behold seeing all the runners coming down the main street in Ballycotton. Other races that take place in the area are the Ballyandreen '5', Shanagarry '5', Churchtown Sth. '5' and Ballycotton '5'
Website: ballycottonrunning.com

Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Ballycotton is well worth a visit for the bird watcher enthusiasts with 300 species of birds recorded here. It can be good for rare and scarce migrant landbirds during spring and autumn migration and can also be good for sea-watching in suitable weather conditions. It is good for waders, ducks and coastal/dune birds including Skylark and also Short-eared Owl in the winter. While the Ballycotton cliff walk is also good for coastal species, including Chough and Peregrine.
Websites: birdwatchcork.com &
Special Interest Trails &
East Cork Bird Trail

Ballycottn Kite Surfing

Wind & Kite Surfing

Ballycotton is a sheltered beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Good surf at all stages of the tide.
Also, Ballynamona beach is a good destination for kite surfers. The best wind direction is NE-E winds.
Website: surf-forecast - Ballycotton

Pitch and Putt

Pitch and Putt

Overlooking the Ballycotton Island lighthouse and the sea is the pitch and putt course. It is run by the Pitch & Putt club in Ballycotton. All equipment (clubs, balls, tees) can be hired.
Tel: +353 21 4646970

Ballycotton Festivals

Festivals

Ballycotton Development and the Ballycotton Seafood & Shanty teams host a number of the fun family friendly events throughout the year. For more information check out Ballycotton Events Guide
The Ballycotton Lifeboat team do a number of fun fundraising events throughout the year like a weekend for all the family in August and Santa coming on the lifeboat in December. For more information check out Ballycotton Lifeboat Fundraising

Music

Music

The Blackbird, in the heart of Ballycotton village, has regular live music sessions throughout the year. Check out the Blackbird website for upcoming events: The Blackbird Ballycotton.
Also, on our doorstep is the Ballymaloe Grainstore which hosts a variety of events from concerts to cinema nights. Check out the Grainstore website for upcoming events: The Grainstore at Ballymaloe.

Ballycmaoe Cookery School Gardens

Gardens

If you are in the Ballycotton Bay area why not try to find time to visit the Ballymaloe Cookery School Gardens. Walk through the little wooden gate at the entrance to Ballymaloe Cookery School and step into a veritable Eden. Beyond the main cookery school building (once an old apple store), lie several captivating gardens - some carefully designed and highly ornate, others allowed to grow wild at certain times of the year. Each space has a unique personality and a special story of its own to communicate.
Website: Ballymaloe Cookery School Gardens

Ballymaloe Cookery School

Ballymaloe Cookery School

Go visit the multi-award-winning Ballymaloe Cookery School which has been delivering a first class culinary education to students all over the world since 1983. It offers a variety of courses from 12 weeks to half days. But if you do not have time for a course join in on the daily Afternoon Demonstrations which are a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and immerse yourself in the wonderful cooking in Ballymaloe Cookery School.
Tel: +353 21 4646970
Website: Ballymaloe Cookery School

Artist/Design Studios Shanagarry

Artist/Design Studios

Visit the artist studios downstairs at The Shanagarry Design Centre where you can meet and greet the local artists and potters, watch live art and craft demonstrations and even have a go at being creative yourself!
Website: The Shanagarry Design Centre

You will find: Elaine Hayes – Angels Touch (Holistic & Beauty therapis),
Ann O Riordan – EcoPaisti Crafts (Art & Craft classes for kids),
Phil Davis – Painter (Fine Painting, Prints and Classes),
Belinda Northcote Designs (Fine Art, Prints and Irish Designed Scarves). Website: Belinda Northcote
and The William Penn Room.

Pottery

Pottery

We are very lucky to have a number of wonderful potters in the area.
Stephen Pearce pottery is known throughout the world. The handcrafted table & giftware has been made since 1953. The workshop and showroom are open daily and is packed full of beautiful pottery and the café adjoining the showroom serves home-made cakes and sandwiches.
Website: Stephen Pearce
Orla O’Rourke – Stable Door Pottery is located at the Shanagarry Design Centre. The pottery headlines in the fully functional tableware collection.
Website: Stable Door Pottery

Photographers

Photographers

We are very luck in Ballycotton to have some amazing photographers. Kevin Dwyer specializes in aerial photos of Ireland. There are photos of rivers, lakes and canals as well as Irish towns and villages including Ballycotton.
Website: Kevin Dwyer

Colm Sliney is both a photographer and skipper. He has taken some wonderful photographs of Ballycotton from many different angles.

Maurice O'Donoghue's Real Ireland series of Irish land and seascapes capture the charm and beauty of this island nation.
Website: Maurice O'Donoghue

Shopping

Shopping

In the Ballycotton area there are a number of great little shops. The Ballymaloe Shop is a kitchen and craft shop. It is jammed packed with pottery, blankets, clothes, cookery books, home-ware & textiles, every kind of kitchen utensil and lots more. Ideal for gifts.
Website: Ballymaloe Shop

The Ballymaloe Cookery School Garden Shop sells a selection of gifts, cookery books, kitchen items, vegetables from the farm and some of their own baking.
Website: The Garden Shop

Kilkenny Shop has a splendid range of homeware, crystal, linen, pottery, jewellery, fashion and accessories.
Website: Kilkenny Shop Shanagarry

Tennis

Tennis & Squash

There is a squash club, for members, beside the Ballycotton national school. Contact Pat Cronin +353 85 1849044 or pakiecronin@gmail.com.
There is also a tennis court beside the Ballycotton catholic church.