A Bere Island Heritage Bus Tour West is a great way to discover the fascinating past of Bere Island
Bere 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. Ring forts, standing stones, wedge tombs and burial sites can all be found here.
The British had a particular interest in the island, and retained control of Berehaven under the Treaty Ports agreement until 1938. Traces of British imperialism are visible all over the island. At various stages, the British constructed Martello towers, a signal tower, military barracks and a military fortification equipped with two six inch guns, all of which can be seen today.
Bere Island Heritage Bus Tour West Itinerary
Meet the bus at the West End Pier at 2pm.
A ferry will leave Castletownbere at 1:30pm. (See the ferry timetable).
Please note that the ferry is not included in the event price.
The bus tour takes approx 2 hours and includes visits to the Bere Island Heritage Centre, the Church & graveyard, Ardagh Martello tower, (the tower visit includes a walk) the standing stone, Rerrin village, Rerrin wedge tomb, Lonehort Fort and the island’s Viking harbour.
Your local guide will share stories with you about the monuments, and the people who have lived in this island community throughout the centuries.
The tour heads west again and you are welcome to visit the Hotel Bar and Restaurant or The Lookout restaurant for refreshments.
Tours of the East End will take place on alternate Thursdays.
Book Your Bere Island Heritage Bus Tour (West)
Call 027 75099 to book, or use the form here to book online.