What to See

The navigational Beacon at the entrance to Baltimore Harbour, the sight of which has warmed the heart of many a returning fisherman or sailor, is the image most often associated with the village. Positioned high above the channel between the mainland and Sherkin Island, it is visible from near and far and visitors are rewarded with spectacular views towards Sherkin, Cape Clear, the harbour and the mouth of the Ilen River

The remains of the O'Driscoll Castle, Dun na Sead, tower over the village and are a reminder of the once powerful O'Driscoll clan who controlled much of the South West for a number of centuries. Spain Tower to the south-east was another O'Driscoll stronghold.

Near the Glenan's Sailing Centre, you will find the boatyard where, in 1926, the ketch 'Ilen' was built as a service vessel for the Falklands Island Company. Designed by round-the-world yachtsman Conor O'Brien and sailed by him and two Cape Clear islanders to Port Stanley, this important boat was recently brought home from the Falklands by the Ilen Trust and is currently being restored.

The beautifully situated Lough Hyne is a unique inland sea-water lake. A protected marine reserve, the level of the lake changes as the tide ebbs and flows through the narrow 'rapids'. Unusual plant and animal life exist in the clear water and the lake is important for marine research. The nearby wooded hill, the highest vantage point in the area, is worth climbing for the spectacular views seaward.


There's lots to see and do in and around Baltimore:

Where is Baltimore? You can find out exactly where we are in Ireland, right here!

Baltimore's very own website and information service, all you need to know about Baltimore

Local news from the Southern Star

Local news from the West Cork Times

Whazon Guide in and around Cork

A guide to Skibbereen

A guide to Schull