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 2 km 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.

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