Local Area Information


Welcome to Ballycotton

Ballycotton (51' 82.81N 08' 00.90W) is a famous picturesque fishing village situated approximately 40km (25 miles) east of Cork City. The village is set on a rocky-ledge overlooking Ballycotton Bay. There is a busy fishing pier, working lighthouse and a world-famous lifeboat. As well as a shop & post office, pubs and restaurants.

Ballycotton is closely located to several East cork attractions : The Ballymaloe Cookery School, shop and gardens, Ballymaloe House, shop, cafe and gardens , Garryvoe Beach, the historic market town of Midleton and the Jameson Distillery .

If you're looking for a genuine Irish seaside experience , Ballycotton is sure to give you a warm welcome the traditional way !


Ballycotton Lighthouse 

Sited on Ballycotton Island, the light was first exhibited on June 1, 1851. The tower was painted black in 1902. In 1975, the light was converted to electricity and the original 1851 optic was replaced by an AGA sealed-beam lamp array. The lighthouse was automated in 1992. For more information check out Commission of Irish Lights - Ballycotton.


Cliff Walk

The Cliff Walk is from Ballycotton village to Ballyandreen beach along a cliff track where you are flanked by meadows on one side and the ocean on the other. It starts at the end of Ballycotton village (at the y in the road take the right up the hill, the left takes you to the pier). The walk extends over 5 miles on a foot worn track along the cliff face with stunning views and passes Ballytrasna beach. There are many stiles to cross on the route (so not suitable for bikes or buggies). 


Local Services

Ballycotton village has a well stocked shop which is opened from 8am to 8pm all year round. There is also a post office attached to the Ballycotton shop. For petrol and diesel there is Brodericks in Shanagarry. You can buy fresh seafood in Garryvoe from Ballycotton Seafood.



Ballycotton has a proud fishing tradition and many locals still earn their livelihood from fishing. From Ballycotton pier and breakwater you can fish for mackerel and conger (night time best) and from the Breakwater you can bottom fish for plaice, dabs, black sole and dogfish, codling in winter time and mullet inside the Breakwater. The Irish record for plaice and black sole have been recorded here. All around Ballycotton Bay has great fishing spots. Check out the fishing websites for more details.


Fishing Ireland - Ballycotton 

Go Fishing Ireland - Ballycotton


Deep Sea Angling

For an amazing Deep Sea Angling experience come to Ballycotton! The Ballycotton harbour is non-tidal and boats can go to sea at any time. Favourite angling-marks can be reached within 20-40 minutes. From Ballycotton Pier you can charter a boat and trips can be tailored to suit the needs of passengers. Colm Sliney skippers the Sarah Marie and Peter Manning skippers the Cliona. 


 Ballycotton Angling Centre - Peter Manning


Ballycotton Lifeboat Station

Ballycotton is one of the oldest stations in Ireland, being opened in 1858. Today, the station operates one of the most modern lifeboats in the RNLI's fleet, The 14m Trent class all weather lifeboat. The lifeboat volunteers who crew the boat and manage the station are proud of their station and record. 

Ballycotton Lifeboat Souvenir Shop is open every Sunday afternoon between 3pm and 5pm throughout the summer. 

Website: ballycottonlifeboat.org


Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours

Experience the fresh Ballycotton sea air, be mesmerised by the natural beauty and stunning views that Ballycotton has to offer. Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours is a truly magical memory-making excursion. Travel in an open topped boat, hike to the Ballycotton lighthouse summit & explore the lighthouse. 

Website: Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours


Mary Stanford

The Mary Stanford, Ballycotton, was the first and is the only Lifeboat in RNLI history to have been awarded a gold medal for gallantry, that is the boat herself, as well as her brave crew for the famous Daunt Lightship rescue on 11th February 1936. She can now be seen on the cliffs of Ballycotton , restored to her former glory .

Website: The Mary Stanford


Pitch and Putt

Overlooking the Ballycotton Island lighthouse and the sea is the pitch and putt course. It is run by the Pitch & Putt club in Ballycotton. All equipment (clubs, balls, tees) can be hired. 

Tel: +353 21 4646970



The Ballycotton 10 Running Race is a famous road race which takes places in Ballycotton in March (generally on the first Sunday of March). People come from all around to take part in this 10 mile road race and it is a sight to behold seeing all the runners coming down the main street in Ballycotton. Other races that take place in the area are the Ballyandreen '5', Shanagarry '5', Churchtown Sth. '5' and Ballycotton '5' 

Website: ballycottonrunning.com



In the Ballycotton area there are a number of great little shops. The Ballymaloe Shop is a kitchen and craft shop. It is jammed packed with pottery, blankets, clothes, cookery books, home-ware & textiles, every kind of kitchen utensil and lots more. Ideal for gifts. 

Website: Ballymaloe Shop

The Ballymaloe Cookery School Garden Shop sells a selection of gifts, cookery books, kitchen items, vegetables from the farm and some of their own baking. 

Website: The Garden Shop

Kilkenny Shop has a splendid range of homeware, crystal, linen, pottery, jewellery, fashion and accessories. 

Website: Kilkenny Shop Shanagarry


Medical Services

Ballycotton Medical Centre is a high quality family practice run by Dr Sean McCarthy (Tel:+353 21 4647806). The nearest chemist is in Cloyne see Cloyne Pharmacy.