Sherkin Island

Sherkin Island (from the Irish Inis Earcáin) lies southwest of County Cork in Ireland alongside other islands of Roaringwater Bay. It has an average population of 100 people, measures 3 miles long by 1.5 miles wide (5 km by 3 km). The island has a primary school, two pubs with a hotel, B&B, community centre and a church.

Sherkin has its own special character. A West Cork anecdote has it that Sherkin's residents live off their art: island craft, paintings and book writing all inspired by Sherkins tranquil lifestyle. The busiest season starts with school summer holidays when people with young families visit the island. The busiest day of the year is a celebration of Sherkin Regatta, usually held on the 3rd weekend in July, but which is postponed to August if weather does not allow. On this day the island is crowded with sea rowers and their fans. Children's activities, music and food stalls are all part of this Sherkin fair.

Sherkin was once a busy island and had a population of around 1,000, which started diminishing during the Great Irish Famine in the mid-19th Century. Now the population is reduced and varies greatly between the summer and the winter months, with increases in summer as people return to holiday houses and tourists arrive. People from all over the globe discovered this secluded spot and consequently settled down here, these include: Americans, Australians, Canadians, Danish, French, Germans, British and Russians.

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Sherkin Ferry

  • Sherkin Ferry +

    Ferries for Sherkin Island leave from the small fishing village of Baltimore. The trip across the harbour from Baltimore takes approximately 10 minutes and both the winter and summer ferry boats are fully licensed to carry passengers. The ferry is operated by Vincent O'Driscoll.

  • Tickets +

    Adults           - €10  

    Children          - €4

    Family (2+2) - €25

  • SMS Ferry Service +

    To get timetable, send Text Message the Day you are enquiring about to the number 085 88 77 422

    (e.g. send word Tuesday to get timetable for Tuesday)

  • Contacts +

    Ferry Boat:



    Vincent O'Driscoll:


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Sherkin News

  • Be An Islander - 2014 +

    On the 14 and 15 of June, eight Islands of West Cork: Sherkin, Garnish, Whiddy, Bere, Dursey, Long, Heir/Hare and Cape Clear invite you to discover them and at the Islands Festival.
    The aim is to promote these unique locations
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  • Easter Fair +

    Monday 21 April from 2-6pm
    We are calling for anyone who wishes to sell goods – art/crafts/books/second hand items/cakes/plants and much more. The deadline for booking a table is Friday 4th of April. Limited spaces available for a
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  • Sherkin Island NS Open Day +

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  • Computer Classes +

    Computer Classes Commencing this February.

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    For more information please contact Aisling.

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