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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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  • The beautiful island and the trip by this wonderful adventure. However, for people who like attraction other than landscapes do not recommend. On the same island in addition to cows, sheep, a few residents and several houses there is nothing. However, the island itself has an interesting climate.
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  • We went here as a last minute decision and on arriving and seeing how old the cable car looked I had second thoughts! It can only carry 6 people at a time. Each one-way trip takes 7 minutes and with a...  more »
  • The whole peninsula is stunningly beautiful, and the cable car to the island is a unique experience. It was a beautiful day and I could see all the way to the Skelligs. Sadly there are bus tours of th...  more »