Festivals, Regattas & other Baltimore Attractions

Baltimore - 

is a delightful fishing and sailing village. It has four pubs including the newly refurbished Jacobs Bar on the waterfront. Baltimore hosts many fine quality restaurants to suit all pockets. La Joile Brise and Chez Yohen are both recommended in Rick Steins book "Seafood Lovers Guide". There are year round ferry services to Sherkin Island (white sands) and Cape Clear (bird sanctuary), as well as summer trips to the Fastnet Rock and other islands. The O'Driscolls Castle overlooking the harbour has been renovated and is open in the summer months.


Baltimore Attractions -

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Local Festivals 

2nd wkend in May

Fiddle Fair


Traditional music festival

Last wkend in May

Seafood Festival

Food fair plus events including music, song & irish dancing in the square.

Last wkend in May

Wooden Boat Festival


Boat building competition & boat races.

Last wkend in June

O'Driscoll Clan

O'Driscolls from all over the world meet in Baltimore for their annual gathering.

Last wkend in August

Sea Angling festival


Shark fishing & ground fishing competitions


Sailing Regattas

3rd wkend July
Sherkin Island
1st wkend August
wkend after August Bank Holiday
Cape Clear




Local Towns

Skibbereen - 

is a bustling, traditional market town. There are weekly farmers markets on Fridays & Saturdays and the town has a good selection of shops, including gift shops and a tourist information centre. The Skibbereen Heritage Centre hosts a famine exhibition and the Loch Ine Information Centre.


Walks from Ballymacrown Homestead

  • Loch Ine (Lough Hyne) - Ireland's first marine nature reserve 2 miles.
  • Spain - deserted fishing village overlooking the Atlantic 2.5 miles
  • Coastal walk to Barloge Pier - 4 miles
  • Baltimore - views over Roaring Water Bay as you head down from Ballymacrown to Baltimore village.
  • Loch Ine Forest - nature trail through this National Park to the hill top with views over the whole Peninsula.


Nearest beach 5 miles - drive the coastal route and explore the coves and beaches between Baltimore and Castletownsend, a pretty village set down a steep hill with a pier, castle, church and good pubs and restaurants.  


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