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Reviewed on 4 Sep 2019
There is an exceptional range of top-quality and inexpensive hotels in Baltimore which should more than satisfy any requirements, whether you are visiting for business or pleasure. From long-established hotels that offer superb facilities, to warm and inviting bed and breakfasts, country guesthouses or self-catering holiday cottages, this pleasant coastal town has it all.
And if you’re really looking to get away from it all for a while, it’s worth noting that because of Baltimore’s proximity to Carbery’s Hundred Isles, just a short ferry journey away, you can also find great accommodation options in locations such as Heir Island. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re truly spoilt for choice here.
Baltimore is a typically attractive Irish fishing village, and the harbour is always a delight to explore, particularly when the fleet is returning with the day’s catch and the area becomes a hive of activity. As you might expect then, much of the accommodation in Baltimore benefits from rooms that overlook the harbour, and it’s a good idea to specifically request one when making a booking as they often fill up fast during peak dates.
If you’re staying out of town, then it will be no time at all before you fall in love with the west Cork landscape, characterised by rugged valleys and hills with the looming presence of the enigmatically-named MacGillicuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountains always lurking in the background. Happily, you shouldn’t have much difficulty finding hotels and guesthouses in the Baltimore area that capture stunning views of the surrounding scenery.
For most people coming to Baltimore on holiday, the main attraction is the sea. Not only do these crystal-clear emerald waters look incredible on a bright day, but they contain a vast array of diverse marine life. Chartering a boat couldn’t be easier, and you can then take your pick of scuba diving around several great-quality dive sites, or spending a relaxing day at one end of a fishing rod. Book a hotel in the Baltimore harbour and you can be on the boat early and back late, and you may even be lucky enough to find a chef who will help you prepare your catch.
Baltimore is served by a couple of first-class golf courses, both offering spectacular perspectives of the Atlantic ocean and the Irish countryside. If you fancy a round, or prefer just a spot of pitch and putt, then you may like to explore the numerous accommodation options available, from hotels to self-catering cottages, that are just a few minutes’ drive from a course.
The picture-perfect Hundred Isles are mere minutes by boat from Baltimore, and while many are little more than rocks jutting up from the sea, some, such as Heir, Cape Clear, and Sherkin, are large enough not only to be inhabited, but to accommodate visitors. You can find gorgeous hotels in wild, romantic settings, just the thing if you crave a traditional Irish welcome, peaceful seclusion or simply a magnificent view from your bedroom window.