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West Cork has some of the best Blue Flag beaches in Ireland, several of them within comfortable driving distance. At first sight Baltimore itself does not look like a beach resort, but for those in the know there are superb, unspoilt, but less well-known beaches on Sherkin and Heir islands, with safe bathing, golden sands and — except on very rare occasions — no crowds.

Silver Strand, Sherkin Island

Sherkin and Heir islands can both be reached by a short ferry ride across the harbour from Baltimore pier.

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