The West Cork islands make up a very special part of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
You’ll find 7 inhabited islands along the West Cork coastline, each home to a unique community and way of life. Whether you travel here by boat, or even via Ireland’s only cable car, you’ll be getting to unspoilt and beautiful islands with stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and Ireland’s dramatic coastline.
There are fantastic walks on offer here, and the islands are great environments for cycling, angling, and birdwatching too. Sailing courses and sea safaris give you wonderful opportunities to make the most of island life.
There are opportunities to learn and reflect on the West Cork islands too, with spiritual retreats and courses in everything from lacemaking to breadmaking available on the islands throughout the year. Make the most of the good food and great accommodation we have on the islands, and you’ll discover we offer a warm welcome to our visitors!
And while you might think our island communities are cut off from the world, spend a bit of time on the West Cork Islands and you’ll soon realise they have strong and vibrant links with the world beyond them. The military history you’ll find on Bere Island, Whiddy, and the historic monuments you’ll find on Sherkin and Cape Clear show that the West Cork islands have always drawn people out to their stunning land and seascapes.
Go on, get out there, and discover the West Cork islands for yourself.
Visit the Islands for the festival and enjoy great deals on
activities, services and accommodation. Jump on a ferry
or the cable car and join us on:
Bere, Dursey, Garnish, Heir, Long,
Oileán Chléire (Cape Clear), Sherkin & Whiddy Island.
Come and explore the islands, experience island life, enjoy activities and fun events for all the family, while sampling the local culinary delights. Or just simply ramble around and immerse yourself in a tranquil island atmosphere.
Activities include: Shoreline walks, boat trips; swimming; treasure hunt, live theatre and much more.
Adult events include: guided walks; information talks; guided cycles; music sessions; ceili night; exhibitions; bird watching course; angling trips; speed boating; cruises; lobster boating; gallery tour and much more.
Special deals are available on all the Islands for accommodation (except Garinish) For special deals please click on the link(above) to the individual Islands and go to the accommodation section.