Cork Walks

4 Cracking Cork Walks: OSi’s Top Picks

We’ve picked four walking routes in picturesque Co. Cork that can be enjoyed all year round by outdoor enthusiasts and their families.

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If you ever find yourself in Kinsale, Fermoy, Baltimore or Eyeries, these walks are the perfect way to keep healthy, have fun with family and friends or just pass the time on a fine Autumn day.

Barnaen Walk, Fermoy Co.Cork

Difficulty: Easy
Type: Loop
Distance: 5 km
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins
Start Location: The Grand Hotel, Ashe Quay, Fermoy, Co. Cork
End Location: The Grand Hotel, Ashe Quay, Fermoy, Co. Cork
Parking: Street parking, Ashe Quay
Co-ordinates: 52.138042, -8.281437
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This route is perfect if you have stopped into Fermoy for the day and are looking to stretch your legs along the banks of the river.

The Route

Starting near the Grand Hotel on Ashe Quay, head towards the river bank. You should be able to see the N72 bridge that Crosses the River Blackwater on your right.
Walk along the bank of the river, heading west. Continue to follow the river as it curves after 2km.

Cork Walks. Fermoy walk on GeoHive

Still following the river, head south for 500m, then as the river meanders west, head south for 1km across the fields until you reach the Duntaheen Road.

Head north east on this road for another 1.25 km before taking a left through a housing estate on Liam McGearailt Place. Head north for another 300 metres until you come to the junction with the Cork Road, then head north, following the road down to the hotel from where you started.

Baltimore Beacon Walk, Baltimore Co. Cork

Difficulty: Easy
Type: Point to Point
Distance: 3 km
Duration: 1 hr
Start Location: Baltimore Pier, Co. Cork
End Location: The Beacon View Point, Co. Cork
Parking: Baltimore Pier Car Park, Co. Cork
Co-ordinates: 51.483874, -9.368785
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If you’ve stopped in Baltimore for a spot of lunch and are eager to get a quick stroll in, why not head up to the Beacon viewpoint?

The Route

Starting at Baltimore Pier, head up the hill, passing the car park on your right. After 100 metres take the first right turn and head east.

Cork Walks. Baltimore on GeoHive
For 500 metres you will walk through an area known as Carberry Terrace. As the road curves and you reach the cove, keep an eye out for Beacon Road. Once you see it, follow the winding road up the hill for 1km. You have now reached the viewpoint. Take the same route back to return to the pier.

Creha Loop Walk

Difficulty: Moderate
Type: Loop
Distance: 4.5 km
Duration: 1.30 hr
Start Location: Eyeries Village, Co. Cork
End Location: Eyeries Village, Co. Cork
Parking: Street parking Eyeries Village, Co. Cork
Co-ordinates: 51.693997, -9.957575
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Boy out walking

Although a short enough route, caution is required throughout the Creha Loop walk. The route features narrow country roads and cliff walks, as well as guest appearances from wild Atlantic gusts of wind.

The Route

Start at O’Sullivans food store and follow the road north. After 300 metres you will reach Cluain Carraigeach and take the immediate left turn that will bring you out towards the coast.

Stay on this road for 800 metres until it runs out. You will now reach a metal gate that will bring you on your journey south.

Cork Walks. Eyeries on GeoHive

For 500 metres you will be walking along the rugged coastline across grass, sand and rocky terrain.

The trail continues inland at a place known as Black Rocks for 500 metres, before once again hugging the coast and continuing south for 600 metres.

Here at Eyeries Point, the route loops around the mini headland and returns to a country road after 300 metres. Follow the road north east for 600 metres, taking in the local standing stone on you right.

Continue on the road, ignoring all left turns for 900 metres and then you will once again reach Sullivan’s shop.

Old Head of Kinsale Loop Walk

Starting at the car park immediately opposite the pub, follow the country road south for 2.5 km, taking in the panoramic views of blue sea. Ruins from an ancient Celtic fort and a 17th century lighthouse are also visible on the trail.

Difficulty: Easy
Type: Loop
Distance: 6 km
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
Start Location: The Speckled Door Bar and Restaurant, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Parking: The Speckled Door Bar and Restaurant, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Co-ordinates: 51.637690, -8.558418
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Family at river

We featured this loop walk as part of our Irish Battle Sites routes this year. The Old Head of Kinsale is a lovely spot for a ramble now, but at one point in history it was the setting for a 17th century conflict between Ireland and England and Spain and England.

The Route

Starting at the car park immediately opposite the pub, follow the country road south for 2.5 km, taking in the panoramic views of blue sea. Ruins from an ancient Celtic fort and a 17th century lighthouse are also visible on the trail.

Cork Walks. Kinsale on GeoHive

A view of the golf course awaits walkers at the turning point before the road curves around and returns back north. After 2.3 km take a right on the road and head 500 metres east until you reach the car park again.

The Discovery Maps below covers the walks mentioned above and can be bought from our Online Shop.

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 Fermoy Area  Fermoy Area  Creha Loop Walk

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 Kinsale Area  Baltimore Area

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