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Island Hopping

  • Whiddy Island

    Located just a couple of miles off Bantry Harbour, this unspoilt island consists of rolling hills and beautiful coves – a true haven of peace and tranquillity. The Whiddy Island Ferry departs daily from Bantry pier, just a stone’s throw from The Maritime Hotel which makes it a popular spot for day trippers. It’s eay to spend a quiet afternoon rambling Whiddy’s fields, bird watching at the island’s two lakes or cycling on the hire bikes available. For more information visit www.whiddyislandferry.com

  • Garnish Island

    Blessed with spectacular sea and mountain scenery, this thirty-seven acre island has a seductive mixture of formal and informal gardens superbly filled with a rich and wonderful variety of plant forms and colour. As you journey to the island from Glengarriff, you will encounter seals basking on rocks or bobbing in the waters around the boat. For more information visit www.garnishisland.com

  • Bere Island

    The Island lies at the entrance to the magnificent Bantry Bay about 1 mile off the coast of Castletownbere. This quaint island is approximately 7 miles by 3 miles with a population of just over 200. Attractions on Bere Island include The Old Lighthouse, Martello Tower and The Batteries – a series of seven guns used historically to defend the island from attack. For more information visit www.bereisland.net

  • Dursey Island

    The Island is accessed by Ireland’s only Cable Car. The journey takes about ten minutes crossing the infamous Dursey Sound. There are many walks and sights on the Island including The Signal Tower, Bull Rock and Calf Rock. For more information visit www.bearatourism.com/bwdursey.html

  • Heir Island

    The island is situated amidst Carbery’s hundred isles that lie scattered throughout the magical Roaringwater Bay. Heir Island is the perfect setting for everything from water sports and walking to exploring and relaxing. For more information visit www.heirislandwestcork.com

  • Sherkin Island

    The island lies alongside the other islands of Roaringwater Bay. Sherkin has an average population of 100 people, measures 3 miles long by .5 miles wide. The ferry departs daily from Baltimore. Sherkin has its own special character with island arts & crafts. For more information visit www.sherkinisland.eu

  • Cape Clear Island

    The island is a 45 minute boat trip from Baltimore or Schull. Cape Clear is Ireland’s most southernly island. It is a gaeltacht island – the first language is Irish. There’s always plenty to see and do and guests can immerse themselves in island life. For more information visit www.capeclearisland.com