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“Blow off the cobwebs”

Ballycotton Cliff Walk
Ranked #4 of 159 things to do in Cork
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Lovely walk suitable for all ages. (Children must be accompanied and not suitable for buggies)
Reviewed January 25, 2014

This is a walk that can be either challenging (a 10k Circuit) or just an out and back as far as you want to go.
It is a combination of well marked paths, some cross field cuts and some country roads. The first 4.5 km takes one along the Atlantic coastline to your left. Wear sturdy shoes/boots and not your top class trousers and enjoy the Atlantic air. And beware though the sun sometimes shines, the rain often falls but the breeze always blows.

Thank Eoghan O
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a must in East Cork, You get to see views which are truly gorgeous , the cliff walk area is quite safe. An organised walk in aid of charity takes place every year Sunday after St. Patricks Day for Chernobyl Childrens Fund. A ten mile walk cross, beaches, cliffs , roads , fields, over ditches under them . A fantastic walk. The finish line is Puc Ar Buile where you will get soup and sandwiches. You have to do it

Thank Lizlolies47
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Very cool. longer than 20 minutes. good photo ops. easy walk. quiet. cool lighthouse in distance. We did not come across many other travelers, might be because it was later in the afternoon, but it was very private. Definitely could bring a picnic with you. We shared a bottle of wine.

2  Thank cutiecupid15
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

Read all the reviews on the cliff walk and they all say same thing its stunning. It is. Its not a difficult walk but do be careful as you walk as an odd stone can cause a twisted ankle and its difficult not to look constantly at the amazing views and breath in the fresh salt sea air and take your eye off that path. As other reviews said there are places to sit and rest on seats along the way. There are areas you can go down to edge of cliffs and go down to swimming areas. First of these is called Paradise (apt name). Steps were built down the sheer cliff many years ago by local builders and the cement brought in by boat....at the moment the handrails have worn away after lot of years of use and weather so this is not a place for children or elderly to go ... little bit dangerous. As you pass along you will go through stiles at times in the main walk or at times going from a farmers field into next section of path. These were built years ago to stop animals going from field to field but still allowing walkers to use the path. There is only one field where you may see cattle and go among them but they are quiet and will move away from humans. It is wonderful that landowners allow walkers to go through their land as its such a privilidge to be able to enhoy this amenity. There is a gorgeous beach called Ballytrasna on your left which is worth a visit down the steps but you can also follow the path further on. Further on you will cross over a stream via a wooden bridge and will eventually come to a peak which some locals call Spine Cop and others call The Hump. Bring a picnic and go up over the top of this and sit at the back of it on springy sea grass and marvel at the Atlantic sea in front of you seemingly miles out to the horizon. See the sea birds fly past and just enjoy the peace and quite of nature. Walk further on again and you will reach Ballyandreen Beach another different beach, stoney but has sand out at end of the rocks. You can either walk back to Ballycotton via road here (walk for mile and half and at T junction turn right stay on this road for approx three miles and you will reach Ballycotton village again. I agree with other reviewers though....my advice would be turn around and head back the cliff walk again to Ballycotton and enjoy it for the second time with stunning views again and of the two islands off the village. If your a bird watcher you will see falcons if your lucky (they are there) and choughs and other birds...may see a seal or the odd dolphin..........its a stunning vista and you will reach the village feeling energised and just glad to be alive. Visit one of the pubs for a coffee or a pint or Bayview Hotel its open summer to Halloween....then closes and re-opens again at Easter. Visit Inn by the Harbour for soup or sandwich etc or pint they also have bed and breakfast rooms available, Schooner Pub for fab fresh fish dinner and much more and music at times, this pub also has bed and breakfast rooms, visit the amazing little pub The Blackbird which has a long history as music pub which hosted many famous musicians over the years and recently, sit in beer garden and have food from their Field Kitchen or visit McGraths for one of their renowned pints of Guinness. Ballycotton is small historical village that has welcomed visitors for years. Many moons ago people came if ill for the clean sea air. That still rings true today. Visit the pier with its historic lifeboat and read up on its history. Come, stay and speak to the friendly local and you will definitely return again. There is a magic here that grabs you and you won't want to leave or you will be counting the days until you come back again.

1  Thank eire317
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

It is a fab cliff walk. Beautiful views and scenery. Great photo opportunities along the way. We did it on a really nice day and it was so lovely. The view of the lighthouse was great. Lovely way to pass an hour or two.

Thank mumof2Cork
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