The village of Ballycotton stands high above the neat little harbour from which fishermen have gone out for centuries to the rich fishing grounds of Ballycotton Bay. This neat little cottage is situated on Chapel Road, which overlooks the bay.
The harbour is packed with trawlers and pleasure craft. Anglers can enjoy themselves with rod and line from the end of the quay or hire boats for sea fishing trips.
Around the village are spectacular cliff top walks 200 feet above the sea. Long strips of beautiful sandy beaches are just 10 minutes walk from the cottage.
Things to do in the Village.
Ballycotton is famous for its cliff walk, which extends over 5 miles of cliff to the beach at Ballytrasna. The cliff walk starts at the cliff top car park which is reached via a road swinging right uphill from the village just before the pier. At the car park where the walk starts there is an information board, entitled Ballycotton Cliff Walk. A concrete stile gives access to the pathway. There are many stiles on the route, much more convenient than climbing walls or ducking under electric fences while, at the same time, keeping farm animals from wandering. The route is a narrow foot-worn track along the cliff top, with the sea far below and the air coming off the Atlantic fresh and stimulating
The walk passes Ballytrasna and then turns inland at the small cove at Ballyandreen, to make a loop back to Ballycotton. The local development committee hopes this path can be extended - but for the moment it is a very pleasant 5 miles, with a shorter route home of 3 miles, through Ballytrasna.
Pitch & Putt :
The village pitch & putt couse is just 5 minutes walk. Clubs are in the cottage, and Green Fees are just €5 which is paid at the club house.
Ballycotton and the surrounding areas are a well known haven for birdwatchers. An information board, depicts the local bird species at the start of the cliff walk. It is one of eighteen plaques erected at prime bird viewing sites on the new East Cork Bird Trail between Cork and Youghal.
Deep Sea Angling:
The summer season is from May to September. The main catches are, Blue Shark, Pollock, Ling, Conger, Cod ,Spotted Dog. From the end of October to the end of February, is ideal for big Cod (20 Ibs+), Hake and Coalfish. For conservation, most fish are returned alive to the water and certain species are tagged for scientific purposes. Favorite angling-marks can be reached within 20-40 minutes. The mix of rocky ledges, sand and coral accounts for the variety of fish available. A number of boats, with experienced skippers, from 23 ft to 36 ft are available. Rods and tackle can be hired. Normal angling time is from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm.
Ballycotton Angling Centre, Ballycotton, Co. Cork.
South Coast Angling Centre , Ardvilla, Ballycotton, Co. Cork,
Shore Angling :
Angling from the pier for Mackerel, Plaice, Sole, Conger, Flounder Ray etc. River fishing is the Blackwater(in Lismore) and Bride Rivers (in Tallow) for Salmon and Trout, are about one hours drive. There is also Trout fishing at Loughaddera.
Fishing Information and Licences: T.H. SPORTS Ltd.
Connolly Street Midleton Co. Cork Ireland
Close to Sandy Beaches and for the more
adventurous the mens bathing place. The secluded cove of
Ballytrasna is to be found at the end of the cliff walk.
Tennis: The Village Tennis courts are just across the road from Hillside Cottage.
Eating in and around Ballycotton.
There are a several restaurants in the Village itself, from Skinnys diner (which also has a deliver service) to pub grub in the Inn by the Harbour to gourmet hotel & restaurant and The Bay View Hotel.
In the general area, (about 10 minutes drive) is the world famous Ballymaloe House and Shanagarry Cookery School.
Stepen Pierce Pottery in Shanagarry has a cafe which serves excellent homemade soups, sandwiches and salads. Hartys Pub & Restaurant in Cloyne serves both Bar and Restaurant fare.
A 20 minute drive and you are in the market town of Midleton, which hosts a large number of restaurants and cafes including The Farm Gate.
We advise telephoning in advance to check opening times of Bars/Restaurants, as some are seasonal and subject to change.
Contact Tel Nos of Restaurants.
Village diner with deliver service. Serves fast food including curries and cheesecake.
Inn by the Harbor:
Serves both Pub Grub and Evening Meals. Overlooking the Harbour. Seasonal
Serves full Bar Food Menu all days Thursday to Sunday inclusive
Monday to Wednesday - Snacks.
Bay View Hotel:
Bar and Sunday Lunches, evening meals. Seasonal
Restaurants outside of the village but within 10 minutes drive.
Garryvoe Hotel :
Overlooking Garryvoe Strand. Bar and Restaurant Meals.
Ballymaloe House :
World Renowned Restaurant and Kitchen Shop
The Stephen Pierce run world renowned Shanagarry Pottery has built an international reputation.
Lunches and snacks are served in a Pottery Emporium in Shanagarry Village
Hartys Restaurant & Bar,
Bar and Restaurant Meals
East Cork Cabs,
89 Main st, Midleton
5 Connolly st, Midleton
Pubs in the Village.
The Blackbird of Ballycotton.
Great live Gigs Venue. Large Beer Garden.
The Schooner Tavern
Across the Road form the Blackbird - great bar food
Inn by the Harbour
Overlooking the Harbour.
The cottage is set in a mature, enclosed garden which overlooks the Bay. The Patio area overlooks the garden, and is an excellent area to breakfast in fine weather. This 100 year old cottage is decorated in traditional style with all mod cons tastefully intigrated. It is a relaxing haven in both winter and summer. The cottage is situated on a quiet road in Ballycotton village and is just 2 minutes walk from the main street.