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Link to Wild Atlantic Way videoThe fishing village of Baltimore in West Cork sits near the very southern tip of Ireland on the beautiful southwest coast. Slightly off the main tourist trail, Baltimore has retained its friendly village atmosphere yet still has plenty to offer the holidaymaker. You won't find any shopping malls here, but you will find lots of high-quality accommodation and great places to eat and drink. Across the splendid natural harbour lie Carbery's Hundred Isles, including the enchanting islands of Cape Clear, Sherkin and Heir, easily reached by ferry from the pier

Baltimore's history has always been shaped by the sea – so much so that in 1631 much of the population was carried off by pirates never to be seen again, an event known as the Sack of Baltimore. The castle of Dún na Séad (fort of the jewels) which gives the village its Irish name was also sacked by seaborne invaders more than once over the centuries. Happily, the village recovered fully from these early setbacks and today the labyrinth of creeks and islands which was once a haunt of pirates is the playground for seafarers of a more peaceful kind.

Water-based activities like sailing, angling, diving, and whale watching are what now draw many visitors to Baltimore and the Isles. But there is also plenty to enjoy without leaving dry land, including an eclectic mix of festivals and other events right through the season. So in the bars and restaurants at the end of the day confirmed landlubbers rub shoulders with people who have spent it on (or perhaps under) the ocean!

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Where to stay

Accommodation of all kinds in Baltimore and the islands

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What to do

Exciting activities, events and places to visit by land or sea

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Where to eat

The best places to eat around Baltimore and islands

 

Things to do

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whale-watching diving walking dinghy-sailing beaches shark-fishing art golf
deep-sea-angling Horse riding yacht-charter snorkelling powerboating kayaking bird-watching sailing-school

And much more besides...

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Fri 2nd May 2014 to Mon 5th May 2014
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Thu 8th May 2014 to Sun 11th May 2014
Fiddle Fair

Fri 23rd May 2014 to Sun 25th May 2014
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Fri 20th Jun 2014 to Sun 22nd Jun 2014
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