Sherkin Island, Co. Cork

28th July 2011
Pól Ó Conghaile

Sherkin Island Ferry, Co. Cork











As the red-and-white Sherkin Island ferry pulls out of Baltimore Harbour, a seal pokes his head up into the wash. We pass the snow-white beacon marking the bay entrance, and within ten minutes, are mooring at the pier on Sherkin.

It’s as short and sweet as a ferry crossing gets.

Sherkin is one of dozens of islands spotted about the wonderfully-named Roaringwater Bay, and is home to 100 or so souls year-round. A mile or so down a fuchsia-strewn bohareen lie the twinkling waters of Silver Strand. There is just one other person on the entire beach.

The wow moments come thick and fast – the ruins of a Franciscan friary by the pier, views of Cape Clear and Mizen Head, a solitary yacht in Horseshoe Bay.

On the last Sunday in August, Sherkin sparks into life during its annual boating regatta. Today, it feels like I have the island to myself.

Details: 087 244-7828;;; €10/€4 return.