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DUN NA SEAD CASTLE - BALTIMORE

DUN NA SEAD CASTLE - BALTIMORE

Visit this restored 13th century Norman castle and experience 800 years of history located at the heart of the village overlooking the harbour and square.  It became the chief residence of the O' Driscoll clan for  300 years and was the centre of administration for their trading and piratical activities. In 1631 the castle narrowly escaped attack by a band of  pirates from Algiers, who landed in Baltimore and took 107 captives to a life of slavery in North Africa. In 1649 it became a garrison for Cromwellian troops, after which it declined into a state of ruin. In 1997 the extensive task of restoration began, which restored the castle to its former splendour.

LOUGH HYNE (LAKE AND WOODLAND)

LOUGH HYNE (LAKE AND WOODLAND)

The oldest marine nature reserve in Europe, this lake was formed at the end of the last ice age and became tidal approx. 4,000 yrs ago when sea levels started to rise.   Sea water fills the lake at the "Rapids" with nutrient oxygenated water where marine life thrives and this is a wonderful location for a guided snorkel tour with Aquaventures (the centre part of The Stone House B&B).  The woodland provides a beautiful walk up Knockomagh Hill with spectacular views of the lake and the Atlantic beyond.

BALTIMORE BEACON

BALTIMORE BEACON

Known also as Lot's Wife or Pillar of Salt - this iconic landmark stands at the entrance to Baltimore Harbour with wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the islands in Roaringwater Bay.  The beacon was built at the order of the British government following the 1798 Rebellion as one of the many lighthouses and beacons dotted around the Irish coast, forming a warning system for mariners.  That structure fell into disrepair and a new beacon was built and completed in 1849.  The height is this landmark is 15.2 mtr and at the base the diameter measures 4.6 mtrs  The sign-posted walk to the Beacon is just under 5 km or 1 hour.

GARDENS

GARDENS

Baltimore has 2 gardens open to the public (with a small entry fee). 
  • Glebe Gardens, 5 acres of coastal grounds, is in the village, with vegetable garden, medicinal herb garden, amphitheatre (a venue for music and plays, wedding ceremonies) and an award-winning café/restaurant. 
  • Inish Beg (97 acres) is a short car journey along the river Ilen with mature woodland with bird hides,and ponds, a hidden pirate and fairies trail, orchards, parkland, farmland and a fully restored walled garden.

ISLAND TRIPS

ISLAND TRIPS

Take a ferry to either Sherkin, Cape Clear or Heir island with regular services from the harbour (year-round except for Heir which only runs in the summer from Baltimore). No need to pre-book so just purchase your ticket on the boat. 

Sherkin has wonderful sandy beaches, Cape Clear is rugged, great for walking and has an adventure centre and Heir Island offers tranquillity and has a sailing centre and an outdoor bread-baking course facility.

 
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