The beach at Kilbrittain

Baltimore Cork to Kinsale Cycle

Distance: 98km
Climbing: 1034m

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The Baltimore Cork to Kinsale Cycle takes you along the beautiful West Cork coastline to the town of Kinsale. You pass through numerous coves, bays and villages and a whole bunch of attractions on the way.

Most of the day you are either going up or downhill – it’s not to be underestimated.

If you are cycling in West Cork, this is the scenic way towards Cork City. The second half of the Cork РKinsale Loop offers a route into Cork City from Kinsale. If you have extra time, you can visit The Old Head of Kinsale on the Kinsale РOld Head Loop. It is worth the extra effort, or (and this is probably a better idea) can be done the following day from Kinsale.


Baltimore is a small fishing port in West Cork. The Baltimore Beacon sits on a hill outside the town.

Lough Hyne is a beautiful lake at the foot of a hill. The walk to the top takes 20/30 minutes and gives you views of the whole area.

Drombeg Stone Circle is a stone circle in excellent condition.

Clonakilty Model Railway is well worth a visit.

Timoleague Friary has a dramatic location on the edge of an estuary.

Ballinspittle is a small town with a shrine which was at the centre of the phenomenon of moving statues which briefly swept Ireland in the mid-1980s.

James Fort overlooks Kinsale Harbour, opposite Charles Fort.

Kinsale is a small town in a scenic bay near Cork City.

Baltimore Cork to Kinsale Cycle Useful Info

The predominant winds are southwesterly (tailwinds) so pick a day with strong winds for an easy ride.

This route goes on R roads where it is the only practical option and backroads the rest of time.

Being in Cork, the route involves climbing a huge number of short hills. There isn’t much flat land in Cork, but that’s part of the reason for its scenic beauty.

Bus Eireann has services form Cork to Baltimore and Cork to Kinsale.

Useful Links

Bus Eireann

Kinsale – Old Head Loop

Cork – Kinsale Loop




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