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Sherkin Island

Sherkin Island is  ten minutes by boat from the small fishing port of Baltimore on the mainland. There is an excellent  Ferry service which operates almost hourly until 20:30 in the summer months, and is scaled down in the winter. The Island is located in the very beautiful area of Roaring Water Bay and is one of the famed Carbery's Hundred Isles. It is three miles in length and one and a half miles wide which makes it a very easy place to explore. The island is home to a 15th Century Franciscan Friary, and one of the ruined O'Driscoll Castles, Dun-na-Long, which are to be found in many locations in this neighbourhood of West Cork.

A tarmac road leads from the ferry landing stage at Abbey Strand to the southwestern end of the island. Another road runs from the Abbey, past the Castle, and the Jolly Roger, to The Dock at the northeastern corner of the island. Just to the west of Kinish harbour the main east-west road forks and another good road runs to Cow and Silver Strands, with their fine sands and safe bathing. A network of footpaths and tracks enable the visitor to reach the western coast, Horseshoe Harbour and the lighthouse, but much of Slievemore, including the bay of Foardree, and the peninsula of Farranacoush are difficult of access. The island rises to 112 m on its hilly backbone. The settlement at the eastern end has most of the island's facilities and the majority of the inhabitants live between the harbour and Trabawn. .

Sherkin also boasts several sandy beaches which are unique in this part of Ireland,


shekin abbey looking towards cape clear dun na long


harbour and abbey near horseshoe harbour jolly roger


sherkin in november sherkin taxis overlooking beacon and sherkin