Dursey Island

Let’s Go to Dursey Island

There’s a cable car which operates from mainland over a stretch

Cable car to Dursey Island
Cable car to Dursey Island

of treacherous rip tide waters called the Dursey Sound. Dangerous rocks can be seen jutting when the tide is out. Situated on the western tip of the Beara Peninsula at a size of 6.5 km long and 1.5 km wide it makes a perfect place to pack a picnic lunch. There are no places for refreshment otherwise.

The island has a historical significance with place names tracing back to Viking days.

Ancestors date back to 17th century
Ancestors date back to 17th century
Rough waters
Rough waters

There are no trees on the island for shelter  from the elements so hikers must choose a fair day or bring rainwear.

Ruins of St Mary’s abbey can be seen overgrown with grasses as are relics of ancient villages made of stone.
Here’s a longer post by a hiking group