Things to do

Ballycotton is a gorgeous little fishing village with a number of pubs including Pier 26 Bar, The Blackbird, The Schooner and McGraths. There are a number of places to eat such as The Field Kitchen at The Blackbird, Skinny’s Diner as well as a fantastic Seafood Restaurant, Pier 26.

There are a number of beaches nearby Ballycotton and a fantastic cliff walk extending westward to Ballytrasna. The full walk is about 9 km along a goat-track, with safety fencing where it is needed. Cycling and horse riding are prohibited on the trail. There is also the possibility of spotting Peregrine Falcons near the rocky inlets at dawn and dusk. Wildlife in the area includes seals and dolphins, and whales are sometimes visible from the cliffs in December and January. The nearby beach at Ballynamona is on a wildlife sanctuary and herons, oystercatchers and sandhoppers.

Ballycotton pier and breakwater are used for fishing, with common catches including mackerel, black sole and plaice.

The local area is home to a number of artists and craftspeople including woodworkers, painters, potters, writers and musicians.

Ballycotton was used as a location for a movie called Divine Rapture during the summer of 1995. Though starring Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp and Debra Winger, the film’s production company went bankrupt after just 2 weeks and the movie was never completed.