Bere Island, Cork

Bere Island, Cork

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Bere Island lies at the entrance to the magnificent Bantry Bay and guards the deep water harbour of Berehaven, in West Cork. It has a thriving, vibrant community providing a wide and varied range of events and activities for both islanders and visitors alike.


Due to its strategic location Bere Island has a very interesting heritage. The island is rich in archaeological sites dating from the Bronze Age through to medieval times, including ring forts, standing stones, wedge tombs and burial sites. You can also see remnants of British Imperialism such as Martello towers, a signal tower, military barracks and a military fortification.


Despite its proximity to the mainland, Bere retains that distinct, easy charm of rural places distant from cities and crowds. In this quiet paradise, you can discover a large variety of bird and plant species, but that is not all. Around the island, whales, basking sharks, and dolphins can all be sighted! Other activities are possible such as swimming, diving, sea safari, cycling…


Other attractions not to be missed include detailed exhibitions at the Heritage Centre; dining on local Bantry Bay produce; or just enjoying the ambience of one of Bere’s pubs or restaurants.


Whatever your reason for visiting, a warm welcome awaits you!
 

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