Scuba Diving at Fastnet Rock:
County Cork is situated in the South-West Region of Ireland and it is the largest of all Irish counties. The climate here, like the rest of Ireland, is classified as a maritime climate, usually with cool summers, mild winters and abundant rainfall. Cork enchants visitors with its beautiful landscapes, historic towns and magnificent coastline. In addition, it provides with a number of sporting and leisure activities to perform and remember forever.
Baltimore is a picturesque, fishing village that sits on the southwest coast of County Cork. Apart from stunning natural surroundings, Baltimore offers a variety of water-sports and leisure activities to locals and visitors. Fastnet Rock is located close to Cape Clear Island and it is the most southerly point of Ireland.
The one side of the rock drops down to 50 m/164 ft, while the other side has a depth of 30 m/98.4 ft. Fastnet Rock is an exposed location, with strong, tidal flows that accommodates only the experienced divers. But in good weather conditions, the marine world is amazing, with an abundance of fish, colorful anemones and starfish of all sizes. Visibility is good, usually more than 10 m/32.8 ft. Water temperature ranges from 7°C/45°F in winter to a maximum of about 15°C/59°F in summer and early autumn months.
Last but not least, do not miss the opportunity to explore the lighthouse that stands on the top of the rock, as it is Ireland’s highest lighthouse. Note: you can book a boat dive at a dive center that visits the site.
How to get to Fastnet Rock, Cork
95.5km (59.4mi) 1h 31mins
Head east on Dyke Parade/N22 for Mardyke Street / Sráid Na Muirdíge. Turn right at the Mardyke Street / Sráid Na Muirdíge. Turn right onto Western Road/N22. Continue to follow the N22. Slight left at Victoria Cross/N71. Continue to follow the N71. Go through one roundabout. At the roundabout Sarsfield Road Roundabout / Timpeall Bhóthar an tSáirséalaigh, take the 3rd exit at South Ring Road/N40/N71. Continue to follow the N40/N71. At the roundabout Bandon Road Roundabout / Timpeallán Bhóthar Dhroichead na Bandan, take the 1st exit at Waterfall Road/N71. Continue to follow the N71. Slight left to stay on N71. Go through two roundabouts. Turn left into St. Finbarr's Place/N71. Continue to follow the N71. Go through two roundabouts. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on N71. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit to Bóthar Chorcaí / Cork Road. Continue towards an tSráid Thuaidh / North Street. Continue towards an tSráid Mhór / Main Street/R595. Continue to follow the R595. Go through one roundabout. Continue to Village Moorings. Turn right.
92.4km (57.5mi) 1h mins drive.
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Where to stay in Fastnet Rock, Cork
There is a full range of holiday options with great service and fair prices.
Situated deep in the heart of West Cork, Killeena House provides you with the perfect base from which to explore this historic and beautiful area. 12 apartments, nestled in the mature gardens which are surely some of the most impressive in the whole region, offer the visitor the ideal place to holiday in the south-west of Ireland.
The West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen offers the discerning visitor the best of both worlds: The tranquility of rural, riverside accommodation.
And the laid-back charm of one of the region’s most colorful market-towns.
When you come to Baltimore our job is to help you rest in comfortable beds, relax, refresh and enjoy the unique and majestic beauty of West Cork, hide yourself away in our cosy pub with a lovely creamy pint beside a crackling fireside and sing a song or two or enjoy a relaxing treatment in our Fastnet Tranquility suite. or a wild trip out to Cape Clear Island, laze in bed and enjoy the spectacular view or even climb Loughine Hill and enjoy a 25 mile view of beautifull West Cork knowing that beyond the horizon the next Parish is New York…. Casey’s of Baltimore is the perfect place to hideaway in romantic luxury, knowing our only purpose is to make your time amongst us as welcoming, comfortable and memorable as possible.
The Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, is a relaxed family run establishment comprising of rooms, 2 restaurants (one is open all year the other is seasonal) and a bar. It is owned by the Jacob family who look forward to welcoming you during your trip to the beautiful Baltimore village in the South West of Ireland.
Bernadette O'Driscoll welcomes you to the Corner House, a friendly family-run guest house right in the heart of Baltimore. Enjoying a commanding view of the harbour, the Corner House is within easy reach of everything in the village and only 50Bed and Breakfast Baltimore, West Cork metres from the seafront.
The Old Post House is a historic building situated in the centre of Baltimore village and within one minute's walk to the harbour, ferries for the Islands, Whale Watching and Sailing Club.
It has been providing accommodation to visitors for many generations and has been carefully renovated and furnished with period furnishings and run for many years now by Maria and mother Ellen Walsh who have both spent their lifetimes in the hospitality business.
Welcome to Channel View Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Baltimore West Cork. Beautifully situated overlooking the bay with superb island and sea views Channel view is a 3 Star Approved by The Irish Tourist Bord B&B spacious dormer bungalow on an elevated site with mature landscaped gardens to relax and unwind after your days travelling or relax in our spacious lounge where you can enjoy tea/coffee and biscuits with our compliments you will also find plenty reading material to tell you all about Baltimore.
Where to have fun in Fastnet Rock, Cork
There are many restaurants and pubs close to the spot, with great food, drinks and friendly staff.
Bushes Bar is situated in the charming village of Baltimore on the south west coast of Ireland. Located in the middle of the Square, overlooking the harbour and islands where there is always a number of activities going on before your eyes. Look out and see boats sailing in the harbour, Fishing boats returning, Ferry Boats going to and from the islands, children swimming in the harbour and sometimes even seals swimming between the piers.
The LookOut Restaurant opened in Summer 2008 and is situated upstairs over Jacob’s Bar enjoying spectacular views of Baltimore Bay & the Islands from its 25 foot panoramic window. During the summer of 2011 we brought our most popular dishes from our long established Chez Youen Seafood Restaurant to The Lookout so as to offer our customers a wider range of options under one roof.
At le Voyage we're committed to serving some of the finest cuisine in Ireland. We have a unique choice of classic European dishes, traditional Irish food, steak, vegetarian and seafood dishes. We also offer a great selection of fine wines.
Annie May's B&B is a friendly family run Bar, Restaurant and bed and breakfast situated in Skibbereen, a lively and large town set amidst the beautiful scenic region of West Cork. As well as top class room and board in our B&B, downstairs we run a popular local bar and restaurant serving fresh local food and drink daily in an amiable atmosphere. Annie May's has been run by the Hurley Family for over 30 years with two generations working together to create a great family venue.
Schools & Shops in Fastnet Rock, Cork
There is a vast number of scuba diving shops and schools available in the area.
Located on the West Cork coast of Ireland, Baltimore is the perfect choice for a scuba diving adventure. Whether you are an experienced diver or someone new to the sport, Baltimore Diving Centre has got everything you need.
More than just a diving centre, our facilities include self-catering apartments on site, lecture room and all diving facilities within walking distance of the harbour and village area.
Located in West Cork on the south-west coast of Ireland, Aquaventures in Baltimore offers something for everyone interested in diving and water adventures.
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