Baltimore, Co. Cork, Ireland

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Baltimore, Co. Cork, Ireland

Baltimore vacation rentals

If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough

Baltimore is a traditional small fishing village that’s big on culture and fun. It's great location means you can explore County Cork beyond, along with enjoying seemingly endless water sports, and of course, a pint of Gat. Or maybe 2 pints. As a random fact, the Irish translation of Baltimore means ‘Fort of the Jewels’. Who knew? Hit the pristine beaches, have a round of golf, or take in a football game. There are festivals galore ranging from wooden boats to seafood. And a pirate weekend. With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder Baltimore vacation rentals are so popular!

Look at you there, happy out exploring the place

When you’re in Baltimore, it's fun to do as the locals do. This means enjoying the sea by all means possible including sailing, boating, kayaking and deep sea angling. You can also go snorkeling or wreck diving at a submarine. Walk along the rugged coastline trails, or head into the picturesque woodlands. Play a round of golf at Skibbereen & West Carbery Club, or catch a Ilen Rovers football game. There are annual festivals celebrating seafood, wooden boats and fiddles, as well as crafts, storytelling and even a fun pirate weekend.

Have a whale of a time while exploring the rugged coastline

Baltimore vacation rentals are a great jumping off point for exploring the County Cork region just beyond. Check out the colorful rows of fishermen’s cottages in the oldest part of the village, then hit one of the restaurants and bars set around the village triangle where you can savor a pint of Gat and curry cheese chips. And yes, it’s a triangle, not a square. So there. The iconic Baltimore Beacon is a white-washed stone beacon built in 1798, while pristine sandy beaches are just a short ferry ride away on Heir and Sherkin islands.

Mild coastal climate with no fierce weather forecasted

Due to its prime coastal location, Baltimore sports a humid climate year round where temperatures in the summer reach highs of 64°F and winters have lows of 36°F. Baltimore vacation rentals are most popular during the summer season, especially in August, when water temperatures peak around 61 degrees. Unless you want to regularly use your umbrella and sport a jumper when you're happy out exploring the area, you may want to skip the rainiest month of January. A coastal breeze helps to maintain a fairly mild climate throughout the year, and there's really no fierce weather to contend with.

Fancy seeing fuchsia or a minke whale? This is the place!

Set along a natural harbour, Baltimore is a working fishing village of only 400 residents in west County Cork. But don’t confuse County Cork with Cork, which is 96 km southwest beyond. Lough Hyne, Ireland's first marine nature reserve with roots dating from the early 1600s, is just 6 km away. You’ll be able to see dolphins year-round as they cheerfully play, while minke whale watching occurs from April until December. The striking Fuchsia magellanica flower is the region’s unofficial emblem, and you’ll see them growing along picturesque woodland trails.