Offshore Islands

Offshore Islands

Dursey Island


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

The most westerly of West Cork’s inhabited islands, Dursey lies across a narrow sound and is a great getaway from the fray of modern living.

This rugged island is accessed via Ireland’s only cable car, which runs about 250m above the sea and takes six people. The journey takes about ten minutes crossing the infamous Dursey Sound where strong tides make travelling by boat hazardous.

The island is part of the Beara Way walking trail and having no shops, pubs or restaurants offers the day visitor a unique experience of calm with spectacular views of the Beara peninsula. It is also a bird watcher’s paradise with rare birds from Siberia and America to be spotted there.

The Signal Tower stands on the furthest west hill and has commanding views north to the Skelligs and south to the Mizen. It was built 200 years ago as a line of defence against the French.

Monks from Skellig Rock are said to have founded the ancient church of Kilmichael on Dursey, now a ruin. O’Sullivan, Beara’s Dursey castle, was sacked by English forces in 1602 and local inhabitants thrown into the sea. There are three small villages on Dursey and many of the once derelict houses have been restored by the islanders as holiday homes.

General DescriptionsKEY
  • Activities : Walking; bird-watching; angling; picnicking.
  • Did you know? : Dursey's beautiful sunset featured in a worldwide televised broadcast of the final hours of the Millennium.
  • Population : 6
  • Size : 6.6 km long and 1.5 km wide.
  • When to visit : Visitors are welcome all years round. No facilities on the island.

Accessible via Ireland’s only island Cable Car.
Departs daily year-round from Ballaghboy on the tip of the Beara peninsula, Co. Cork
Capacity: 6 people.
10 minute trip.
Skibbereen Tourist Office
Tel:+353(0)28 21766


Birdwatching; hiking.

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