Offshore Islands

Offshore Islands

Bere Island


Bere Island Projects Group
Community Centre Bere Island,
Republic of Ireland

The community of Bere Island, in West Cork, are extremely proud of their Island. Every effort is made to promote everything the island has to offer to individuals and families, walkers, cyclists, yacht and fishing enthusiasts.

Bere Island has been voted Ireland's tidiest Island for the past five years and the Islanders extend the warmest West Cork welcome to all their visitors.

Bere Island lies at the entrance to the spectacular Bantry Bay and guards the deep water harbour of Berehaven, in West Cork.

Due to its strategic location Bere Island has a very interesting heritage. The island is rich in archaeological sites dating from the Bronze Age through to Medieval times, including ring forts, standing stones, wedge tombs and burial sites. The British had a particular interest in the island, with remnants of British Imperialism visible throughout. At various stages they constructed Martello towers, a signal tower, military barracks and a military fortification which hosts two six inch guns, all of which can be seen today.

The island offers breathtaking scenery organised activities and great hospitality. Berehaven Harbour and Lawrence Cove are very safe and sheltered harbours for large and small boats and the marina has full facilities for visiting sailors.

Together with its friendly people, Bere Island’s greatest asset is its unspoiled and unpolluted environment.

General DescriptionsKEY
  • Accommodation : Guesthouse, B & B, holiday homes, hostel. Restaurants, shops, pubs. Bike hire, bus.
  • Activities : Swimming; walking and cycling routes; diving and all water sports; guided walking tours; boat tours and fishing trips.
  • Did you know? : Orca whales, basking sharks, bottle - nose and common dolphins can all be sighted around Bere Island.
  • Population : Over 200.
  • Size : Approx 10 km long and 4 km wide.
  • When to visit : Visitors welcome years round.

Ferries from Castletownbere, Co. Cork.
Bere Island Ferries
Daily, year-round.
Capacity: 75 passenger plus cars.
Tel: +353(0)27 75009
Tel: +353(0)86 2423140
Departs from Pontoon, 3 miles on the Glengarriff side of Castletownbere
Murphy’s Ferry Service
Daily, year - round
Capacity: 60 people, 4 cars
Tel: +353(0)27 75014
Tel: +353(0)87 2386095


Remains of Victorian military fortifications; archaeological sites including wedge tomb and gallan ( standing stone ) and ring forts; Ardnakinna Lighthouse; two Martello towers; Marian Year Cross; St. Michael’s Holy Well; signal tower.

Things To Do Nearby

Summer festivals
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