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Sherkin Island, Baltimore

Categories: Islands, Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.8/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
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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  • Wonderful to wander amongst the Abbey ruins. Lovely walking on the island, views are fantastic. Very peaceful. 
  • We visited Sherkin Island because we have missed another attraction on our way to Cork. We had spare time and we have been so close to the boat which was after sailing to Sherkin so we have decided to...  read more »
  • Really well worth a trip to see the island. Beautiful picturesque views and very good Craic. Great food and plenty to drink. 
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