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; sherkinferry.com; baltimore.ie; €10/€4 return.