A Bere Island Heritage Bus Tour East is a great way to discover the fascinating past of Bere Island.
The island lies at the entrance to the magnificent Bantry Bay and guards the deep water harbour of Berehaven, in West Cork, in the southwest of Ireland.
Due to its strategic location Bere Island has played an important role in Ireland’s story over the centuries. 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.
The British had a particular interest in the island, with remnants of British imperialism visible throughout. At various stages, the British constructed Martello towers, a signal tower, military barracks and a military fortification which hosts two six inch guns, all of which can be seen today.
Bere Island Heritage Bus Tour East Itinerary
Meet the bus at the East End Pier at 1:30pm.
A ferry will leave the pontoon, outside Castletownbere, at 1:00pm. (See the ferry timetable). Please ensure that you take the pontoon ferry so that you arrive at the right end of the island to begin your tour.
Please note that your ferry trip is not included in the event price.
This bus tour takes approx 2 hours and takes in the East End of the Island & the army camp and rifle range, Lonehort fort & Viking harbour, Rerrin wedge tomb, the GAA pitch and grounds, and Cloughland Martello tower (The tower includes a walk) the tour finishes in the village where you can enjoy refreshments in Dessie’s bar or the Bakehouse Cafe.
Call John 086 387 7943 to book, or use the form below to book online.
(Heritage Bus Tours of the West End of Bere Island will take place on alternate Thursdays throughout the summer).