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The bustling fishing village of Baltimore sits on the southern tip of Ireland on the beautiful southwest coastline, a stones throw from enchanting Cape Clear, Sherkin and Heir Islands. Slightly off the main tourist trail it has retained its friendly atmosphere and appeal.


Beautiful Baltimore is perfectly perched on the very southern tip of Ireland overlooking a splendid natural harbour with cottages on the side of what were once steep cliffs. It has a rich and colourful maritime heritage and reminders of its strong association with the sea are to be found everywhere.

In 1631 Barbary Pirates attacked the village and took about one hundred unsuspecting inhabitants to the slave markets of North Africa, a momentous event that has been enshrined in song and story. You can re-live this history by following the Baltimore Heritage Trail, or visiting the restored Dún na Séad Castle (known as Fort of Jewels) with its Great Hall and battlements strategically set with panoramic views across the harbour.

One of the best known local landmarks is the Beacon positioned high on the cliff edge at the entrance to the Harbour with breath taking views out to sea. This was no doubt a welcoming sight for seafarers in the past and today the harbour welcomes water sports enthusiasts for top class angling, whale and dolphin watching, diving, snorkelling, kayaking, sailing and boat trips. Ferries bring visitors to Sherkin, Cape Clear and Heir Islands.

But there is also plenty to enjoy without leaving dry land, including an eclectic mix of heritage, traditional music, seafood and sailing events. Highlights include the Baltimore Fiddle Fair, the Baltimore Wooden Boat and Seafood Festival and Baltimore Regatta.

This is a garden lovers paradise. Beautiful Glebe Gardens at the edge of the village hosts music and theatre events on balmy summers evenings and you can also stroll through the enchanting gardens at Inish Beg Estate, a place of peace and tranquillity.

And no better way for landlubbers and seafarers alike to kick back at the end of a day is in the towns buzzing bars and restaurants.

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