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Sherkin Island

A melting pot of culture, life and art

Sherkin’s location scores well on several fronts. It’s got all the seclusion of an island hideaway, yet lies just 10 minutes from Baltimore by ferry. It attracts a milder climate (when frost hits the lawns of Baltimore, you can find green grass out here), yet boasts stunning Atlantic scenery. 

Little surprise, then, that so many non-islanders have made Sherkin their home. The summer months, in particular, see crowds from far and wide flocking to the island - with the result that the ancestral hub of the O’Driscoll clan (their ivy-clad castle lies just above the pier) is today a melting pot of culture, life and art. Sherkin is known as the Island of the Arts, and even offers a Visual Arts Degree Programme, and work by the island’s many artists and designers is sold at the Island Crafts Centre in Baltimore. 

Sherkin Fact File

Location: Roaringwater Bay, Co. Cork. The ferry port of Baltimore is roughly 42km (50mins) by road from Bantry, and 98km (1hr 45mins) from Cork.

Size: 4.8km x 2.4km. Sherkin can be visited in a day, but you won’t be disappointed with an overnight stay - many visitors have even made their homes here!

Population: 100+

Facilities: B&Bs, self-catering, restaurant, art gallery, coffee /craft shop, pubs, community centre,beaches, library. 

Top 3 Activities: Arts, adventure, sailing

Festival highlights: Sherkin family regatta (July), Summer Arts Festival

Getting there: Ferries sail daily from Baltimore, year-round. Sailings take 10 minutes.

Contact Sherkin Ferry +353 28 20218;   +353 87 2638470 

Getting around: Sherkin richly rewards walkers; but taxis (summer) and buses (year-round) are also to hand.

Find out more: or www.westcorkislands/sherkin

Did you know?

There’s a modern day trend on Sherkin – where people get married in the island’s little church, and crack open the champag

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On Sherkin Island

On Sherkin Island

Cow Strand
White sand and turquoise blue water with an amazing view of Cape Clear Sherkin Island
On The Water
H2O Sea Kayaking
Sea Kayaking Tours around Sherkin Island & Roaring Water Bay +353892799187Sherkin Island
Jolly Roger
Sherkin Island's famous pub +353851412503Sherkin Island
Silver Strand
A sandy slice of heaven on Sherkin Island, west Cork Sherkin Island

Near Sherkin Island

Near Sherkin Island

On The Water
Aquaventures - Marine Wildlife Tours & Diving
Marine Wildlife Tours, diving & Snorkel Rental +353877961456Baltimore
Ard na Gaoithe - Cape Clear
Super breakfasts, friendly hosts, Gaeilge líofa, perfect place to unwind! +3532839160Baltimore
Baltimore Castle
Castle built in 1215 with a fascinating history of pirate raids and trading +3532820735Baltimore
On The Water
Baltimore Sea Safari
See whales, dolphins and seals on the Wild Atlantic Way +3532820753Baltimore
Casey's of Baltimore
On the Wild Atlantic Way, Baltimore in West Cork +3532820197Baltimore
Dede at The Customs House
Michelin Two star restaurant in a seaside village Baltimore
Dún na Séad - Baltimore Castle
Discover the turbulent history of Baltimore's pirate past +3532820735Baltimore
Fastnet Rock Tour
See the famous rock and lighthouse up close, Ireland's most southerly point +3532839159Baltimore
Kids Stuff
Inish Beg Estate Pirate Trail
Search for pirates lurking in the shadows and find the hidden treasure +3532821745Baltimore
Nature & Gardens
Inishbeg Estate Gardens & Pirate Trail
40 hectares of natural woodland and an exciting pirate trail for kids +3532821745Baltimore
Self Catering
Inishbeg Island
Exclusive secluded self catering accommodation in west Cork +3532821745Baltimore
Self Catering
Rolfs Country House & Restaurant
Beautiful bedrooms, holiday Cottages and an à la carte Restaurant +3532820289Baltimore
The Waterfront Hotel
Family-run hotel overlooking Baltimore harbour +3532820600Baltimore
Art Galleries
The Yellow Door
Over 70 local West Cork Artists, sculptures & crafters right here +353862531805Baltimore
Top of the Hill
Balimore's budget hostel +353877431585Baltimore
Sport & Adventure
Whale Watch West Cork
Responsible whale and dolphin watching from Baltimore +353861200027Baltimore
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