Bantry to Schull Cycle
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This tour goes south from Bantry through some of West Cork’s most beautiful countryside and through the town of Ballydehob before passing Mount Gabriel, which is an optional climb. You then descend into Schull.
Here you have the option of getting the ferry to Cape Clear Island in Roaringwater Bay. Then another ferry ride takes you to the pretty seaside village of Baltimore, from where you can further explore West Cork with our Baltimore to Kinsale route.
Ballydehob is a pretty West Cork village with a statue of Danno O’Mahony, who became a world wrestling champion in the 1930s. It also has a disused viaduct close to the village centre.
Mount Gabriel is the highest mountain in the area – there is a road to a radar station at the top. The views are, naturally, superb.
Schull is a scenic town from where you can get a ferry to Cape Clear Island.
Roaringwater Bay is home to Carbery’s Hundred Isles. The bay is best seen by a ferry trip as there are no extensive coastal roads.
Cape Clear Island has a population of just over 100 people.
Cape Clear Island Lighthouse was built in 1818 and abandoned around 30 years later after an American ship crashed in heavy fog with 92 lives lost. It was replaced by the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse 6km out to sea.
The Baltimore Beacon sits high on a hill just outside the town.
Bantry to Schull Cycle Useful Info
The ferry runs three times a day in summer (June, July and August)- 10:30am, 2:30pm and 4:30pm. A single fare is €8. Bikes are carried for free.
Cape Clear island is only 4.5km long. Just go left or right when you reach the harbour there.
To get to Baltimore there are ferries (see timetable) at around 9:00, 12:00 and 16:30 every day (on Sundays the 9:00 sailing goes at 10:00 instead) during summer, but times do vary slightly so check ahead. And there are some additional sailings.
There are buses from Cork to Bantry. See Bus Eireann for details.