Baltimore Castle

The West Cork Coast

Baltimore harbour is dominated by the stone tower of 13th-century castle of Dun na Sead (Fort of the Jewels). Inside, the great hall houses seasonal art displays and exhibits on the town's and the castle's history, but the main attraction is the view from the battlements.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The West Cork Coast attractions

1. Cape Clear Heritage Centre


This small museum has exhibits on the island’s history and culture, and fine views north across the water to Mizen Head. It's 1km east of the ferry…

2. Abbeystrewery Famine Cemetery


This graveyard, 1km west of Skibbereen beside the N71 road towards Schull, contains the mass grave of 8000 to 10,000 local people who died during the…

3. Mara Farm


Take a tour of Mara Farm to see Kerry cattle, Kerry bog ponies and rare-breed pigs, and enjoy home-baked goodies at the farm shop and cafe. It's 1km…

4. Sky Garden


The Victorian country estate of Liss Ard is home to the remarkable Sky Garden, a piece of landscape art created by American artist James Turrell in 1992…

5. Skibbereen Heritage Centre

6.36 MILES

Constructed on the site of the town’s old gasworks, the Skibbereen Heritage Centre houses a haunting exhibition about the Famine, with actors reading…

6. West Cork Distillers

6.82 MILES

This craft distillery produces vodka, (Two Trees), gin (Garnish Island) and a range of whiskies (blended, pot still and single malt) under its own name…

7. Planetarium

7.93 MILES

Founded by a German visitor who fell in love with Schull, the Republic's only planetarium is tucked around the back of Schull Community College at the…

8. Kilravock Garden

11.99 MILES

Travel a world of plants at Kilravock Garden, which has been transformed over two decades from a field of scrag and stone to a feast of exotic plants by…