||Baltimore in West Cork, a small but
busy and lively port and popular sailing centre, south of
Skibbereen and facing onto Roaringwater Bay and Carbery's Hundred Isles. Regular ferries
operate from here to the popular and much visited islands of Cape Clear and Sherkin Island.
It is located on some
of Irelands most beautiful coastline. Made popular with visitors
for its many water based activities such as Sailing, Diving, Whale
and Dolphin Watching, Snorkling or Kayaking.
Baltimore hosts a
number of Summer time festivals and it offers some great
traditional music, and lots of good food including some great sea
food. Locally you have the Lough Hyne area where you can take in
some wonderful walks at all levels, bird watching or take a climb
up Knockomagh Hill. Baltimore is a great area also for the walking
and cycling enthusiasts.
Take a visit to the restored Batimore Castle & Pirate
Exhibition, the Castle, Dún na Séad built in the 1200's which overlooks the harbour was a holding of the O'Driscolls
clan, who were
one of the most important clans in West Cork, restored you can now visit the
great hall and take in some great views from he battlements area. The
clan controlled the fishing of the area and
could levy dues on all the fishing fleets who came to these rich fishing grounds.
Today in the castle you can learn more of the Castles History and
take in the Pirate Exhibition back to the 1600's and the
archaeological details of the site. Group Rates are available for
An extraordinary event in the history of Baltimore town was a raid in 1631 by Algerian pirates,
when many of the inhabitants were slaughtered and about 200 others shipped off as slaves
to North Africa.
Baltimore has a reputation for fine boat building. The Saoirse, in which Conor O'Brien
sailed around the world in 1923, was Baltimore-built, there is a sailing school centre in
Hence, Festivals in Baltimore include the Baltimore
Wooden Boat Festival also in May a weekend celebration of
sailing and the traditional Irish timber sailing boats also held
at the same time is the Baltimore Seafood Festival, where
the best of local Baltimore Seafood is served up on shore, also
Baltimore Fiddle Fair where national and international artists
gather in May for workshops and music sessions in Baltimore. For
the garden enthusiasts there are a number of gardens open on the
West Cork Garden Trail, where you can take some time out
and visit these beautifully laid out gardens, just a selection at
Inish Beg, Glebe Gardens, Bluebell Gardens Balldehob and Drishane
House Castletownsend. Local beaches include Tragumna and
wonderful swimming off the Islands Cape Clear, Sherkin
Island and Heir Island.
Baltimore is just a 90 minutes drive from Cork and just 30 minutes
from Skibbereen, Ballydehob, Leap, Castletownsend, Drimoleague, so get out and
enjoy exploring some of the nearby Irish towns and local villages.