Nohoval Cove (pronounced “No-val”) is one of Cork’s best kept secrets nestled in the Southern Irish coastline. It is located near the village of Nohoval and just a 15 minute drive from the seaside town of Kinsale, it has become a popular spot for divers and kayakers. While it is often missed as it is not on the Wild Atlantic Way route, this hidden gem is definitely worth a visit if you are travelling to the rebel county of Cork. The short cliff walk offers some of Ireland’s most eye catching views of the rugged coastline and spectacular views of sea stacks and rock formations.
How do you get to this amazing view?
A narrow country road will lead you down to the bay where you can park up and walk towards the pebbled beach. Be warned parking is limited and the road is so narrow that two cars will have a difficult time passing each other. I recommend getting here early to have the place to yourself or leave your car at the top of the road and walk down.
Once you are down by the bay you will see the ruins of an old slate mine on your right and on your left you will see the path which will lead you up the cliff face to the main overlook of the sea stacks and coastline. The walk is short and steep but not too strenuous however, be careful as there is no fencing between you and the cliff edge. Once at the top, you’ll feel like your on top of the world and you can take in the breathtaking views. These views are some of the best County Cork has to offer so it is hard to believe it’s not more talked about.
For more on places to explore in County Cork, read my post on “Top places to explore in County Cork”