5 Sunset Spots in Cork
Unmissable Viewpoints in Co. Cork
County Cork, as the locals will never tire of telling you, is the most beautiful part of Ireland, and it’s hard to disagree, particularly when the sun is dipping below the Atlantic horizon on a clear evening. Yep, the sunsets here are hard to beat, and so we’ve rounded up five of the best spots for your viewing pleasure. You’re welcome.
Galley Head Lighthouse, Rosscarbery
It’s hard not to love Rosscarbery, a tiny port town in West Cork. It’s even harder not to love the views from the Galley Head Lighthouse at the edge of the town. Perched atop sheer cliffs 130 feet above the Atlantic, the lighthouse offers stunning sunset views west and south. Indeed it was close to here that the Lusitania sank in 1915, killing all 1,198 onboard.
Distance from The Dean Cork: 75km
Set on top of rugged cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, Bunnyconnellan’s is as good a place as any to watch the sun set. Big bay windows offer stunning views, and there’s also an outdoor terrace if you can handle the wind. There’s a full menu on offer seven days a week, just make sure to book early if you want to grab that all important window seat.
Distance from The Dean Cork: 25km
Charles’ Fort, Kinsale
One of the most spectacular buildings in Cork, Charles Fort is 17th century star-shaped fort that dominates the headland next to Kinsale. It has had a chequered past, besieged during the Williamite War of 1690 and again during the Civil War in 1922. Covering 20 acres, it makes for a great day, out, particularly, when you take in the sunset from one of the fortifications overlooking the sea.
Distance from The Dean Cork: 30km
One of the most scenic bays in Cork, Roberts’ Cove is something of a favourite among Cork city residents, but often overlooked by tourists. It features a sheltered bay, overlooked by rolling green fields, and small, picturesque village. We recommend a late afternoon dip, followed by a take-away coffee in the town and a hike up to the cliff edge to take in the gorgeous sunset. Cork doesn’t get much better.
Distance from The Dean Cork: 28km
Harbour View is a perfect slice of seaside, surrounded by sand dunes, rolling hills and the Kilbrittain River which meanders its way into the sea. The road that winds along the coast here offers beautiful views, and if you get peckish head to the Pink Elephant, which offers a large menu and the requisite stunning views of the sun dipping below the horizon every night; the perfect place for an authentic sun downer.
Distance from The Dean Cork: 45km
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