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Bere Island- Day 1-Make a Break for it — Our Household Hikes


We had been privileged to be requested by Failte Eire to go to Bere Island and Dursey Island in County Cork as a part of the “Make a Break for it marketing campaign”. Clearly, we had been delighted and honoured to take up the chance. We beforehand hiked Corks highest level Knockboy so we had been trying ahead to exploring County Cork extra.

Please word it is a paid partnership with Failte Eire and Uncover Eire however all opinions and critiques are our personal.


We begin off our journey in Castletownbere. We’re booked in for breakfast at 9:30 am however as we had been desperate to get on the transfer we’re barely early. We determined to discover Castletownbere earlier than breakfast.

We walked across the busy fishing city, we walked as much as the church which is nestled in the course of the city. We explored the superbly positioned vacationer info workplace, which was closed as we had been too early for it to be open. We confirmed the ladies all of the fishing boats which proved to be very thrilling for them.

Breakfast in Lynchs Castletownbere

We arrived at Lynch’s on the Pier at 9:30 am as they opened the doorways for breakfast. We had been instantly greeted by pleasant employees. We sat in a pleasant sales space, which allowed the children a little bit of house. We obtained a beautiful breakfast to begin our journey on Bere Island.

Puxley Fortress Castletownbere

After breakfast, we drove out to the Puxley Fortress to discover the realm, as we weren’t leaving on the automotive ferry till 11:30 am. On the drive out to Puxley, we stopped the automotive to have a look at some good bushy horses. One horse obtained a bit too curious and determined he wished to look contained in the automotive and to attempt to lick the driving force of the automotive :). The children liked this, so did mammy.

We had a beautiful stroll across the entrance of the fort. This space is full of pure magnificence and wildlife. We actually loved our stroll across the mansion, even when it’s not open.

Attending to Bere Island

We took the automotive ferry from Castletownbere to the west finish of Bere Island. The ferry takes 4 vehicles and likewise a number of areas for strolling passengers.

Observe on the automotive ferry– The automotive ferry isn’t a reserving system, it appears to be a first-come, first-served operation and all of the vehicles queue up in reverse to attend their flip to reverse onto the ferry.

The automotive ferry was very thrilling for all the children together with the massive baby that’s the daddy. The journey took

10-Quarter-hour and was very clean and an ideal expertise. The youngsters sat on the boot of the automotive whereas being held by the adults.

Bere Island sign

Arriving on the west finish of the Island leaves us near our start line, for our first journey out to Ardnakinna Lighthouse.

Observe— We suggest driving a automotive on to the island to take full benefit of the islands wonderful sights.

bere island hiking map

Bere Island Looped Hike

The complete 10km hike begins on the pier however sadly, we didn’t have sufficient time to do the complete hike attributable to our tight itinerary and having 2 younger kids with us. We determined to chop out the street strolling and we did a 5km out and again hike as an alternative. The complete 10km hike round Bere Island and Ardnakinna lighthouse might be discovered right here.

Climbing to Ardnakinna Lighthouse

Attending to the beginning of Ardnakinna lighthouse Hike

From the pier, we drive up the street to the primary Tee junction and switch proper. We drive all the way down to the tip of the street and park our automotive on the within of the farmer’s gate, be sure to shut the gate. Should you contemplate strolling this part, it’s 1.3km from the ferry with a small hill.

Climbing to Ardnakinna Lighthouse Bere Island

Inside the first 100m of beginning our hike, we cease to stroll across the outdated gun embankment. Just a few of those gun embankments are scattered across the island and are enjoyable to stroll round and picture their historical past.

We proceed up the gravel street towards a home. We cross a stile, Ourlittlehiker loves strolling these on her personal. The gravel street continues however now we begin getting views of the Atlantic to our right-hand aspect. We’re greeted with one other stile and gate mixture. The gates are simply opened however Ourlittlehiker forces us to all climb the stile, clearly she is aware of the fitting method and we don’t :).

Comply with the Beara Means indicators to Ardnakinna Lighthouse

After crossing the final stile the street stops and we begin strolling uphill on a mud path following indicators for the “Beare method”. Good mountaineering boots will likely be required for this part.

We stroll up and down small hills and over small streams. Fortunately, steps have been fashioned with giant stones for the steep sections and a small metallic bridge has been positioned over the stream to maintain everybody’s ft good and dry.

After about 1km of tough terrain strolling, we meet an outdated horse and cart observe that’s now lined in grass, which the sheep hold good and low, an ideal strolling top and really clean.

This street cuts uphill and in between rock faces on both aspect till you may see the highest part of the lighthouse.  The lighthouse is nestled under us in a superbly rectangular stone-walled backyard full of sheep grazing on the garden.

Distance to Ardnakinna Lighthouse bere Island

It’s a 2.5km hike out to Ardnakinna lighthouse from the primary stile automotive park, a 5km spherical journey. You may have an choice of strolling the 10km loop stroll if the time permits.

Map to Ardnakinna Lighthouse hike

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Would we suggest Ardnakinna Lighthouse hike?

We completely liked this hike. The hike out to Ardnakinna is wonderful. The view of the ocean is breathtaking. The hike itself is full of pretty little distractions for all ages. If you ultimately see the lighthouse the views of the encompassing panorama are breathtaking.

Ardnakinna lighthouse bere island aerial view

Has this obtained to be one among Eire’s hidden gems? It actually feels prefer it. We liked each second of this hike.

Observe– The vast majority of the Hike is on tough terrain so mountaineering boots will likely be required.

Lonehort Battery Tour Bere Island

After finishing our hike we returned to our automotive and did our customary fast garments change and obtained going once more. We met Barry Hanley in Rerrin and adopted him to Lonehort Battery.

Begin of our Lonehort Tour Bere Island

Barry began the tour by giving us an enchanting historical past of the island and the battery. Because the island has a small landmass, it has an astonishing historical past that touches on all main historic occasions in Eire and the world.

Inside Lonehort Battery

Lonehort is totally surrounded by palisade fencing and a dry mote. Fortunately, for us, Barry had keys for us to achieve entry and cross the bridge onto the barracks. We obtained a private tour of the wonderful weapons, how they work and the restoration course of. The children liked the weapons and roaming across the surrounding space.

We even obtained a tour of the underground workshops and ammunition shops. These buildings are in unbelievably good situation and an actual pleasure to discover, particularly with such an enthusiastic tour information.

It might be nice to see this battery totally restored to its former glory. Everybody liked this tour, even the youngsters.

Lodging on Bere Island

We had the pleasure of staying with the wonderful Murphy household of their BnB for our evening on Bere Island. That is true Irish hospitality and nice hosts, we can’t suggest this household sufficient.

The BnB is situated within the centre of Rerrin and sits 100m away from the northern pier. Our bed room had bunk beds, a double mattress and a single mattress, the youngsters liked the novelty of the bunk beds.

Dinner on the Island

We had dinner in Murphy’s restaurant throughout the street from our lodging. We had a really pleasant meal within the restaurant. We extremely suggest the pudding and chorizo salad, AMAZING.

After our dinner in Murphy’s restaurant, Edel the proprietor insisted that we go to Martello tower earlier than mattress. We had been all fairly drained however we hate lacking out on an excellent sundown hike. Unusually sufficient, we additionally noticed everybody else from our BnB up on the tower, she is a good saleswoman. We went again to our BnB and became our mountaineering garments once more and off we went for one more hike. Edel gave us good instructions for the hike.

Martello Tower Rerrin

Martello tower Bere island

The Martello towers on Bere island had been used to defend the island in 1796. For extra historic info on the towers see right here.

Parking for Martello Tower hike Bere Island

We may have parked within the Rerrin and walked however we determined to drive all the way down to the pier at Cloonaghlin and stroll from there. There may be sufficient parking for 3-4 vehicles on the pier.

Climbing to Martello Tower

We walked on the street from the pier up the hill till we met the crossroads. The crossroads appears to be a place to begin with an info signal and a 2km signpost. We proceed up the hill for 20m and see one other signal pointing into somebody’s backyard (Edel advised us about this and the individual permits entry). Despite the fact that we knew the proprietor permits walks to stroll previous their entrance door we couldn’t assist however to tiptoe and sneak previous hoping to not disturb anybody.

After passing the home we’re hit with a steep hill once more. Ourlittlehiker made quick work of this as she hitched a trip on her moms again. On the high of the hill, there’s a stile. After the stile, the grade of the hill eases off and we begin strolling previous a small lake to our left.

We are actually to the rear of the sign tower on the high of the primary hill. The trail begins to stage out and strolling begins to turn out to be a bit simpler.

Approaching Martello Tower

Once we begin getting nearer to the Martello tower the panorama begins to open out and we get wonderful views of the encompassing mountains and sea. Fortunately for us, the solar began to set as we had been up on the tower and it was merely gorgeous.

That is an incredible expertise.

Inside Martello Tower

To enter contained in the Martello we needed to crawl by way of a small gap on the base of the construction. Contained in the tower just isn’t baby pleasant because it’s stuffed with rocks and a really tight staircase. We do suggest going inside and climbing as much as the highest because it’s actually enjoyable excellent views from the highest.

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