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A gorgeous, laid-back, fishing village 40km from Cork city, Ballycotton peeps out at the Atlantic Ocean from a rocky ledge perched above its busy pier.
Ask any Corkonian about the village and they’ll tell you about the famous Ballycotton lifeboat and its dramatic tales of heroism. At the top of your list should be a trip to Ballycotton Island and a tour of the lighthouse.
There are some beautiful sandy beaches close by, scenic cliff walks that hug a coastline littered with old shipwrecks, and plenty of warm, cosy pubs serving creamy pints and seafood so fresh you might have seen it landed by trawlers at the pier half an hour earlier!
Such is the demand all over Cork for the village’s daily ocean harvest that Ballycotton Seafood even has its own stall in the city’s English Market. So if you like fresh fish, mussels, oysters and crab then you simply have to visit the source.
Ballycotton is a 45 minute drive, via Midleton, from Cork City and Cork Airport. The 240 bus departs from Cork city's bus station on Parnell Place.