Ballycotton Cliff Walk
If you drive past Midleton, home of the Jameson Experience, you find the Ballycotton village 30 minutes east of Cork. This hilly fishing port is not only a popular place for deep sea anglers, but also home to the scenic Ballycotton Cliff Walk. This 9-kilometer walk takes you along an old goat track with stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and a small island with a lighthouse.
It is not only the ocean views that make this walk worthwhile. The area is also rich with wildlife. At dusk and dawn near the rocky inlets, there is a good chance of spotting peregrine falcons. In December and January, various types of whales can be seen from the cliffs. Ballycotton is also one of the most famous bird-watching sites in Ireland with almost 300 species of birds visiting the place.
Enjoying the Walk
The views from Ballycotton Cliff Walk is something that will stay with you long after you leave the village. It is not that tough, and it is suitable for all the family. Make sure to bring along good walking shoes, and be prepared for all sorts of weather. After all, it is the Irish coast where the weather can change fast. The walk takes around one hour, but with stops to take in the view or just to listen to the sounds, it might be longer.
At low tide there is a small path that leads to a perfect little gem of a beach, about halfway along the path. It disapears with the high tide, so if you want to find it, it is all about timing.
From Cork to Ballycotton
This is a lovely Sunday afternoon walk to do with your family, a loved one or by yourself. In addition to not being too strenuous, it has some of the most amazing coastal views in the country and is not too crowded. With a room at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork on Little Island, Ballycotton Cliff Walk is less than an hour to drive. After the walk, why not relax in the hotel's full-service spa and fitness centre?