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Sherkin Island, Baltimore

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Sherkin Island, historically called Inisherkin, lies southwest of County Cork in Ireland alongside other islands of Roaringwater Bay. It had a population of 106 people at the time of the 2006 Census, measures 3mi long by 1.5mi wide. The island has a primary school, two pubs, a hotel, bed and breakfast, community centre, coffee shop and a Roman Catholic church.ClimateSherkin is the second most southerly point of Ireland after Cape Clear. It is said that when the frost covers the lawns of Baltimore just across the bay, the grass remains unfrosted on the island. Like any other coastal part of Ireland, Sherkin can be affected by heavy coastal gales.PopulationSherkin once had a population of around 1,000, which started to decline during the Great Irish Famine in the mid-19th Century. Now the population is reduced and varies between the summer and the winter months, with increases in summer as people return to holiday houses and tourists arrive. People of a number of different nationalities have settled on Sherkin, including artists, writers, craft workers, musicians, photographers, beekeepers, pilots, cattle farmers, mussel and oyster farmers, biologists, botanists and oceanologists, fishermen and sailors, teachers and doctors, horselovers and strawberry growers.TransportSherkin's ferry boat is named "Mystic Waters", and during the summer it makes ten daily trips from 07:45 to 20:30 on weekdays, from 9:00 on Saturdays and from 10:30 on Sundays. During the winter months the last ferry leaves Baltimore at 17.30, with later ferries on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Fridays.
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  • I visit at least once a year since 1978. I like the atmosphere. Difficult to describe. It rejuvenates. 10 minute ferry ride from Baltimore. Baltimore is 1 and a half hours drive from Cork City. Usuall...  more »
  • We got the 2 o'clock ferry to sherkin, planning to get the next ferry back at 4 but ended up staying till the last one at 7.15. It was a small lovely island nice walks beautiful views, had some mussel...  more »
  • I could never tire of this beautiful island. The silver strand beach is a must see on a sunny day. Highly recommended  more »