Bere Island lies at the entrance to the beautiful Bantry Bay and guards the deepwater harbour of Berehaven in West Cork - one of the deepest in Europe. The island is roughly 11x5km and lies just 2km offshore, with the mountain ranges of the Beara Peninsula providing a dramatic backdrop to its stunning scenery.
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(All events are free, places allocated on a 1st come-1st served basis!)
Whale & Dolphin watching trips with Sea Safari
Tuesday 7th June
10:00hrs Talk on beekeeping - Barry Hanley
14:00hrs Walk to Cloughland Lake - Daniel Moriarty
Wednesday 8th June
10:45hrs Walk around the eastern loop of the island - Chris Sullivan
14:00hrs Nature walk to Cloughland Tower - Clare Heardman
Thursday 9th June
12:00hrs Talk and visit to Bere Island Oyster & Seaweed Farm – David Andrews - Bere Island Heritage Centre
14:00hrs Talk on medicinal herbs - Rosari Kingston – Bere Island Heritage Centre
Friday 10th June
11:00hrs Butterfly walk – Damaris Lysaght – Meet at Murphy’s Shop, Rerrin
14:00hrs Introduction to Dexter Cattle – Steve Collins – Bere Island Heritage Centre
Evening Music with Michael Harrington & Co. – Desys Hotel
Saturday 11th June
10:00hrs Nature walk & Pond Dipping – Geoff Hunt – Meet at Murphy’s Shop, Rerrin
12:00hrs Launch of Island BioBlitz 2016 – Bere Island Heritage Centre
14:00hrs Guided bird watching walk – Niall Tierney – Meet at Murphy’s Shop, Rerrin
21:00hrs Dusk chorus walk – Niall Tierney – Meet at Murphy’s Shop, Rerrin
Evening Music with Michael Harrington & Co. – Bere Island Heritage Centre
Sunday 12th June
05:00hrs Dawn chorus walk – Niall Tierney – Meet at Murphy’s Shop, Rerrin
09:00 hrs Island BioBlitz 2016 - surveying– various locations
12:00hrs Island BioBlitz 2016 - finishes
12:30hrs Island BioBlitz 2016 - winners announced
There are 2 ferries servicing Bere Island.
- Murphy’s Ferry sails between the mainland (departs from the Pontoon, located between Glengarriff and Castletownbere) and the island up to 8 times each day. For timetables and fares visit: http://murphysferry.com/timetables-fares
- Bere Island Ferries sails between Castletownbere and the island almost every hour. For timetables and fares visit: www.bereislandferries.com/BIF_Timetable.pdf
More about bere island
The undulating landscape of Bere Island is typical of the mountainous character of the beautiful Beara Peninsula. The southern side of the island rises dramatically from the sea - reaching a dizzying 270m at Knockanallig - while the northern side sweeps gently down to a rocky shoreline.
The empty beaches, abundant hedgerows and untamed stretches of peaty grasslands provide perfect habitats for a whole plethora of birds - including Meadow Pipits, Curlews, Kittiwakes and Puffins. The waters surrounding the island are also rich in marine life - with Whales, Basking Sharks, Bottle-nose and Common Dolphins all spotted around the island.
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 ancient burial sites. The island also has a rich military history dating from the C18th up to the present day. Martello towers, a signal tower, a military barracks and military fortification are still prominent features of the landscape.