Long Island – Get Away to a Near-Shore Island on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
Just five minutes by boat from the West Cork shore, Long Island is the perfect tonic after the buzz of cosmopolitan Schull. Pleasant walks, shingle beaches, and abundant wildlife combine with beautiful south-western scenery here to create a real offshore treat.
Inis Fada, as it is known in Irish, gets its name from its shape. This is a low-lying island stretching almost 5km in length, but barely a kilometre wide. A surfaced road services about half the length of the island, with a rough, unkempt routes extending to the Beacon lighthouse and an old copper mine in the east and to the cliffs at the west. Both seem to draw the visitor further away from modern life.
Tumbledown houses, stores and sheds dating back centuries add to the apparent isolation, and a maze of closely-knit fields, gradually being reclaimed by opportunistic fauna and flora, complete the picture. Walkers, bird-watchers and boaters will be in their element here – enjoying an afternoon whilst keeping an eye out for otters, seals, dolphin, whales, and even the occasional basking shark.
Five Things to do on West Cork’s Long Island
1. See the White Tower Lighthouse
Long Island’s most distinctive landmark is the White Tower Lighthouse at its eastern end, marking the entrance to Schull Harbour. You can see the Fastnet Lighthouse from the island too.
2. Take a Sailing Trip Around Long Island
A pleasure trip on an island boat is a great way to explore Roaringwater Bay, and the beauty of West Cork’s Long Island. An afternoon out at sea in the sunshine or an evening cruise … You choose. Contact Maurice by phone Tel. +353 (0)86 172 1254, or use the email contact form here.
3. Enjoy Sea Angling (and a Fish or Two for Supper!)
Families and groups will love the chance to try their hands at sea angling. You can hire the boat and the gear you need, and work up an appetite for the fish you catch: no better way to end a Wild Atlantic day! Tel. +353 (0)86 172 1254, or use the email contact form here.
4. Enjoy Some Great West Cork Walking
“Here, like the sea or sky, the land is nature’s domain and humans pass but leave little trace of their having been” – so says the walks writer Damien Enright about a walk on West Cork’s Long Island. If you’re looking to find peace and tranquility, this is the hiking destination you’ll want to aim for …
5. Explore A Haven for Wildlife
This is a great place to enjoy the birdwatching that the West Cork islands are famous for in a blissfully peaceful island environment.
For more information on visiting Long Island – with links to accommodation and things to do – see http://inisfada.ie