Dursey Island, Crookhaven

#8 of 14 in Nature in County Cork
Dursey Island lies at the southwestern tip of the Beara Peninsula in the west of County Cork in Ireland. Dursey Island is 6.5 kilometres long and 1.5 kilometres wide. The island is separated from the mainland by a narrow stretch of water, 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 residents, and is connected to the mainland by Ireland's only cable car. Dursey has no shops, pubs or restaurants. At one point there was a post office on the island; this has now closedGeography and faunaThe townlands on the island are Ballynacallagh, Kilmichael, and Tilickafinna. There are three main peaks, the highest 252m. The promontories and rocks off Dursey include:Bull RockOff the western point of the island are three rocks: Bull Rock, Cow Rock and Calf Rock. On Bull Rock in a tidal race stands a lighthouse built in 1888 and automated in March 1991. This island was inhabited until this time.Calf RockA manned lighthouse on Calf Rock was destroyed in a storm in 1881 and its remains can still be seen.Cow RockCow Rock is home to a number of nesting colonies of seabirds. Dolphins, whales and basking shark are sometimes seen in the sea off the island.HistoryPrehistoric sites have been surveyed on the island, including examples of bullaun and cup-marked stones in Ballynacallagh, a prehistoric hut site at Killowen, and a radial stone enclosure at Maughanaclea.
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  • August 8, 2017
    We went to take a trip on the cable car.This was only okay.Nothing very exciting on the island.But while we were waiting we had food from the mobile chip van park along side the cable car station.The ...  more »
  • June 6, 2017
    The chance to ride the cable car is a not to be missed experience! When it is windy, the car rocks as it crosses the short distance to the island. Once on land again, take the road for an easy stroll....  more »
  • June 4, 2017
    If you are anyway into walking hill walking, hiking or just admiring stunning scenery, Dursey Island is a must. The Cable Car ride over is a great unique experience. If you are in Bears do t miss it.  more »

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