Baltimore, County Cork

Baltimore’s most bizarre claim to fame dates to 1631 when more than 100 citizens were carried off as slaves by Algerian pirates. Now that the threat of being  kidnapped has gone, this village appeals to the yachting fraternity and island-hoppers. Like neighbouring Schull and Castletownshend, the town bustles with summer festivals.


Overlooking the harbour is a ruined 15th century castle, once the stronghold of the O’Driscoll clan. Also worth a visit are the seafood pubs, including Bushe’s Bar, an atmospheric inn hung with nautical memorabilia. Behind the village, cliff walks lead to splendid views of Carbery’s Hundred Isle’s – mere specks on Roaringwater Bay. Baltimore Beacon is an important marker for boats in the bay.


A short ferry ride away is Sherkin Island with its sandy beaches in the west, a ruined 15th century abbey, marine station and pubs. The ferry ride to Clear Island is more dramatic, as the boat weaves between sharp black rocks to this remote, Irish-speaking island, noted for its bird observatory in the North Harbour. There are some spectacular views of the mainland from Clear Island.


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