Ballycotton is a seaside resort village in County Cork, Ireland, situated about 25 miles (40 km) east of Cork city.

A well known fishing village sitting on a rocky-ledge overlooking Ballycotton Bay with a sandy beach stretching for about 25 kilometres east to Knockadoon Head.

Ballycotton experiences severe coastal erosion with metres of land crumbling into the sea every few years. It is a site of international research interest on coastal erosion.

The Lighthouse is situated on the steep sloped Ballycotton Island approximately 2km from the village, the lighthouse was commissioned in 1851 when the keeper and his family lived on the island and their children rowed to school weather permitting.