Ballycotton Cliff Walk

Ballycotton Cliff Walk | | Ring of Cork

Trail Length

7.4 KM

Elevation Gain


Trail Time

2 h 27 m

Route Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty



Ballycotton Cliff Walk is the hidden gem of East Cork. It is located near a small picturesque fishing village which sits on a rocky-ledge overlooking Ballycotton Bay and is surrounded by sandy beaches. You can gain stunning views of Ballycotton Lighthouse (one of only two black lighthouses in Ireland) which was painted black in 1902 to distinguish it from the beacon at Capel.

Start the walk from the village, near to the lifeboat station. It is a good idea to bring water, and eat before walking as the longest loop lasts for 3 hours. During a stay in Ballycotton you can enjoy the freshest of fish served in award winning restaurants straight from the boats in Ballycotton Harbour. You will receive a warm local welcome in our traditional pubs, there is live music in the village every weekend and the more energetic can enjoy our cliff side Pitch n Putt course or Ballycotton’s internationally acclaimed cliff walk.

Additional Information

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).

What should I wear on the Ballycotton Cliff Walk?

You should wear comfortable shoes such as trainers, or hiking boots. As the elevation can change quickly in a few steps any type of platforms, stilettos and sandals are not ideal.

Can people in Wheelchairs use the Ballycotton Cliff Walk?

No, the Ballycotton Cliff Walk is not suitable for people who need to use a wheelchair.

How far away is Ballycotton Cliff Walk from Cork?

Only 40 minutes from Cork airport and Cork City, Ballycotton is the perfect escape to the beautiful East Cork countryside.

Where to find us

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Address Seven,
Town / City / Village Ballycotton


Ballycotton Cliff Walk | | Ring of Cork
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Days Open
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We recommend spending

2 - 3 hours here


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