Ballycotton Cliff Walk
This popular coastal walk runs from Ballycotton village to Ballyandreen along a wonderful cliff top path. The route runs for about 5 miles (9km) with a number of seated viewpoints along the way. The area is great for wildlife watching so look out for Peregrine Falcons, herons, oystercatchers and sandhoppers on the way. You may also see dolphins and whales in the waters below during the winter months.
Start the walk from the village, near to the lifeboat station. The pretty fishing village sits on a rocky ledge overlooking Ballycotton Bay. It includes a nice sandy beach stretching for about 16 miles to Knockadoon Head. From the lifeboat station there there are lovely views over to Ballycotton Island and the 19th century lighthouse.
The path then heads west, passing Ballytrasna Beach and Doonen Macotter before coming to Ballyandreen Bay. Remember to bring your camera as the coastal scenery on the trail is simply stunning!
To continue your coastal walking in Cork, head west to the stunning Seven Heads Peninsula on the Seven Heads Walk. The long circular route visits a number of picturesque coastal villages, sandy beaches and lovely bays.
Near here you will also find the Old Head of Kinsale which has a 4 mile loop walk to try.
Ballycotton Cliff Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Ballycotton Cliff Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Blackbird pub in Ballycotton is a nice place to go for some refreshments after your walk. They do great fish and chips and also have an outdoor field kitchen with a fine beer garden. It's a great place to relax when the weather is good. You can find the pub on Main Street in the village.
The cliff top walk is great for fit dogs but it's advised to keep them on leads as it's quite a steep drop. The Blackbird pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.