Ballycotton (by the back roads)

Ballycotton (by the back roads)

The journey to Ballycotton, is best done on a lazy county road, via Ballymacoda and old lanes that bumble along the coast. You'll come through Shanagarry and get a chance to visit Stephen Pearce Pottery and Balymaloe Cookery School - both are worth a diversion.

Ballycotton (Irish: Baile Choitín) is a Seaside resort village in County Cork. It is a well known fishing village which sits on a rocky-ledge overlooking Ballycotton Bay and has a sandy beach that stretches for about 25 kilometres (16 mi) east to Knockadoon Head. The current village is actually a re-settlement of an older village which is now entirely underwater.


"Ballycotton is my Mum's home village. As a child we always used to return to get the freshest fish from the boats as they arrived. Today we go on fine days to enjoy afternoon tea on the lawns of the Bay View Hotel - the view is breathtaking. Ballycotton is still a fishing village at heart and relaxing to stroll around, breath in the air and look out upon the strange black lighhouse (tour boats occasionally go there). The journey to Ballycotton passes by Stephen Pearce pottery, where the kids can have a go at making a masterpiece while Mum looks at the wares. And of course Ballymaloe Cookery School gardens with their amazing shell house, cafe and shop." - Martin



  • Addresses
    • Ballycotton Seafood, Garryvoe
    • Ballymaloe Cookery School
    • Stephen Pearce Pottery Shanagarry
    • Bay View Hotel, Ballycotton
  • Driving time (mins)