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Ballycotton Sea Adventures

Island escapes are one thing — but when you’re also off to explore an iconic lighthouse, it certainly ups the adventure ante. 

Ballycotton Sea Adventures offers 90-minute trips from the postcard fishing harbour to the iconic East Cork lighthouse, where you’re guided through the island’s storied legacy, with amazing 360-degree views as standard. 

Ballycotton lighthouse in the sunshine Picture: Eddie O’Hare

Once back on terra firma, head to Skinny’s Diner down the village — they serve a lip-smacking, all gluten-free menu, the highlight being Ballycotton fish and chips which you can tuck into in their pretty seating area overlooking the bay. €20, ballycottonseaadventures.com 

Gin & Beara it 

Gin’s in. And where better to feel its botanic infusion than the flora wonderland of Wild West Cork? Based out of Castletownbere, Beara Gin is an artisan distillery founded by siblings John Brennan and Eileen Power. Their secret? Adding a little

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