Discover Bere Island’s fascinating past through its built heritage on an island heritage bus tour
The island – flanked by the Sheep’s Head and Beara peninsulas- lies at the entrance to the magnificent Bantry Bay, and it guards the deepwater harbour of Berehaven, in West Cork, in the southwest of Ireland.
Due to its strategic location, Bere Island has played an important role in Ireland’s story over the centuries. The island is rich in archaeological sites dating from the Bronze Age through to Medieval times. Traces of that past can be found in the island’s military sites, forts and wedge tombs.
The British had a particular interest in the island, and remnants of British imperialism are still to be found today. At various stages the British Navy constructed Martello towers, a signal tower, military barracks, and a military fortification which hosts two six-inch guns.
The tour will introduce you to key elements in Bere Island’s built environment as well as to the history of this fascinating place!
Date and Time
Saturday 25th March: 10:00am – 1pm (You are of course welcome to extend your stay on Bere Island and catch a later ferry back to Castletownbere.)
**Please note that this tour is a satellite event of the West Cork Stone Symposium, and will involve a 1-hour drive from the Sheep’s Head peninsula. Contact us for more details.*
Catch the 10:00am ferry from the pontoon (signposted) at the east side of Castletownbere (See the ferry timetable). Your guide will meet you at the pier on Bere Island, and the tour will begin at 10:30am.
Please note that your €8 return ferry trip is not included in the event price. You will return on the 12:30pm ferry.
This bus tour takes approx 2 hours and takes in the East End of the island & the army camp and rifle range, Lonehort fort & Viking harbour, Rerrin wedge tomb, and Cloughland Martello tower.
The tour finishes in Rerrin village where you can enjoy refreshments in the Bakehouse Café.