A Taste of Ireland: Ballycotton Lighthouse Tours on Corks Ancient East trail

Ballycotton Lighthouse Tours Cork’s Ancient East

During the summer I had the opportunity to visit the wonderful Ballycotton lighthouse. Ballycotton was one of the first tourist attractions I ever visited when I arrived to live in Cork 15 years ago and I have like many other landscape photographers, a hard drive full of shots of this iconic  lighthouse, always taken from the shore at Ballycotton. It is such a beautiful place that anyone visiting Cork and Ireland would be missing out without a stop at Ballycotton.

Below is my personal favourite image of the lighthouse and I have a large A0 canvas of this hanging in my home, (shameless plug but, I can offer prints of all these images if anyone is interested).

Ballycotton Lighthouse from Ballycotton at Sunrise

This episode on youtube was the first time I have set foot on the island I had often gazed at, dawn and dusk. It is a fabulous family day out and after the tour there are lots of bars and places to eat in Ballycotton. The fabulous Pier 21 restaurant is down at the Quay, there is the Bayview hotel and if like me, you just love to get great food, at a great price, in casual surroundings, then there is Skinny’s Diner which does one of the best fish and chips  I`ve  ever had. At Skinny’s the fish changes with what is fresh off the boat that day (the best way to do it, in my opinion) I had pollack the day I did the filming and was delighted. Im afraid it was only a day later I was craving some more, so I drove back especially and had Hake and chips as that was the fish available the second day, it was even better, I just love Hake as do most european tourists might I add.

Ballycotton Harbour and Lighthouse as seen from the Bayview Hotel

So some information on the lighthouse tour is below

Sailing Times

Weather permitting, we are now sailing most days – please call Jerry on (021) 4646875 for availability and booking.

Open: Mon – Sun seasonally and subject to weather and availability.
Departs daily from 10:00am onwards.
The tour takes approximately 90 minutes round trip.
Meeting point is at the Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours Information and booking kiosk at Ballycotton Pier between 10am-5pm.
Visitors are advised to arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure.
Please check weather and sea conditions with us on +353 21 4646875.

Ballycotton lighthouse at sunrise from Ballynamona Strand

How to book

Ticket Office: Call into the Inn By The Harbour, Ballycotton Pier
By phone: +353 21 4646875 (Open between 10am – 4pm)

Reservations are advisable. All bookings are subject to our terms and conditions. Please read our terms & conditions carefully.

In the event of adverse weather conditions preventing us from docking at the lighthouse island, we will provide a guided boat tour to the island. However, we reserve the right to cancel sailings if necessary.
Clients will be notified if the trip is cancelled due to weather conditions.

Tour Fee

Adult: €20 / Child (under 15): €10

Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children): €60

Ballycotton Harbour at sunset