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Dursey Island, Crookhaven

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Dursey Island lies at the southwestern tip of the Beara Peninsula in the west of County Cork in Ireland. Dursey Island is 6.5 km long and 1.5 km wide. The island is separated from the mainland by a narrow stretch of water called Dursey Sound which has a very strong tidal race, with the submerged Flag Rock close to the centre of the channel. The island has just six or so permanent wintertime residents, and is connected to the mainland by Ireland's only cable car. Dursey has no shops, pubs or restaurants.Geography and faunaThe townlands on the island are named Ballynacallagh, Kilmichael, and Tilickafinna. There are three main peaks on the island, the highest of which is 252m high. The promontories and rocks off Dursey include: Bull Rock - off the western point of the island in a tidal race. Currently the site for an automated lighthouse which was built in 1888 and was automated in March 1991. Calf Rock - also off the western point of the island in a tidal race. Formerly the site of a manned lighthouse, it was destroyed in a storm in 1881 and the remains of the lighthouse can still be seen today. Cow Rock - lies between the Bull Rock and the Calf Rock. The island has a number of nesting colonies of seabirds, and dolphins, whales and basking sharks are sometimes seen in the seas surrounding the island.HistoryA number of pre-historic sites have been surveyed on the island, including examples of Bullaun and Cup-marked stones in Ballynacallagh, a pre-historic hut site at Killowen, and a radial stone enclosure at Maughanaclea.
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  • For an 8 euro return each you will not be disappointed, it can be a little daunting when it first starts off but soon forgotten once you take in the most amazing landscape. It was quite windy when we ...  read more »
  • After reaching the island Dursey cable car is an adventure on a: the being railway easily by the Wibnd attacked high over the Atlantic tobneden to the island runs over. Hiking opportunities are perfectly surrounded by many sheep.
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  • As part of a 4 day trip to West Cork we visited Dursey Island and really enjoyed it. Getting the Cable Car over was a great experience. We did the bus trip on the Island which cost €8 and was worth ev...  read more »
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