Bere Island, nestles snugly under Sliabh Miskish and the Caha Mountains of the Beara Peninsula , beautifully hugging the northern shore of the magnificent Bantry Bay. It is a charming island with an air of peace and tranquility which is unsurpassed in this part of the world. It is serviced by two licenced ferries sailing frequently to the Pontoon (near the Golf Course) and Castletownbere. The island is seven miles long and three miles wide, and has many of the Beara Way Walking loop routes.
Scattered around the island are the numerous remains, including two six inch guns, of the vast, late Victorian military fortifications which Britain built to protect its naval base at Berehaven which they held until 1938. Most can be readily inspected but should be approached with caution. For the energetic, there are two Martello Towers. They will repay the hill climb with stunning views over the harbour and bay as does the climb to the Holy Year Cross, erected by the people of Bere Island in 1950 to celebrate the Marion Year.
As with the rest of the Beara Peninsula, there are numerous historical sites to view, such as the wedge Tomb and a standing stone. The Ardnakinna Lighthouse (pictured above) was constructed in 1850 and capped in 1863. Lit in 1965, the light sweeps across the famous Piper Rocks. Again the panoramic views waiting for you here only add to the beautiful views you will experience along the rugged trail to the lighthouse.
Now at the heart of the cruising ground of south west Ireland, is a new boat haven. The Marina is a fully serviced boating base that will satisfy every cruising requirement. There are fabulous restaurants to dine in, and impromptu sessions can be had in either of the two pubs.
Weather Forecast for Bere Island can be viewed here.
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