Good morning Baltimore
The relaxed town of Baltimore encapsulates the laid-back coastal way of life that West Cork is famous for. Yachts bob in the harbour, locals enjoy huge plates of seafood on terraces, and visitors pass through on their way to the islands of Sherkin and Cape Clear, as well as Lough Hyne. You can enjoy delicious high-quality dishes at the popular Mews restaurant in the village, enjoy a waterfront pizza at La Jolie Brise while watching the harbour hubbub, or tuck into delicious local seafood at Caseys of Baltimore. And while you're in town, make sure to visit Dún na Séad castle, which tells the fascinating story of the Sack of Baltimore, when the village was attacked by pirates and more than 100 people were dragged away to the slave markets of North Africa.
Farmers' market treats
The Ferguson family farm near Schull in West Cork produces some of the best regarded artisan food in Ireland, from its famous semi-soft cheese to wonderful hams, salamis and puddings. Sample them all at Schull’s farmers’ market (Sundays from Easter to late September) and in local shops.