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. 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 Bear 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.