Sherkin Island has four different walkways which cater for all walking abilities. Each one holds stunning views exhibiting the different points of the Island.

Horseshoe Loop is the shortest of the four, measuring 2km return. It is the only trail to contain rough terrain, whilst also incorporating minor roadways and is suited to the more adventurous type of individual. The walk leads towards horseshoe harbour and allows one to walk around it whilst taking in the views of the Atlantic Ocean. The grassy trail allows a break where one can sit on a rocky outcrop and enjoy the peace and serenity the place has to offer, before continuing on their way. Weather conditions can affect the rough terrain, therefore make sure one has the appropriate footwear and be extra vigilant during wet conditions. Once you reach the Cuinne, you can join either the Blue or Red walkways or continue the loop returning to the crossroads where the walk began.

Sherkin 3 yellow, takes approximately 1 hour and is 3km return. This ventures towards the northern side of the Island past the Jolly Roger and Sherkin House, both of which offer food and refreshments. It is composed of minor roadways and is suitable for all ages with a gently sloping landscape. It offers views of Baltimore Harbour throughout the walk and ends at the Dock Pier where one can look out onto Sandy island and a few of the smaller islands apart of the Carberry’s Hundred Isles. There are small secluded pebble beaches which offer the perfect place to take a swim and enjoy a rest away from the busier beaches whilst enjoying the views of neighbouring islands and Mount Gabriel.

Sherkin 5 Blue is a 5km return which can take approximately 2 hours. It too has minor roadways and heads towards the two more popular beaches Cow and Silver Strands. On the way, one can enjoy the views overlooking the Cuinne. Often during the summer months, art exhibitions take place in the community hall and some artists open their galleries to the public which can be viewed along the way. Both Cow and Silver Strands, are perfect places to take a break from the walk and enjoy the scenic views overlooking Cape Clear. Both are easily accessible and are blue flag beaches, making them perfect places to enjoy a swim. This route continues past the beaches to Northshore where it concludes. During the summer months, Café Bruno is open allowing one to sit and enjoy some refreshments whilst taking in the views of Schull and Heir Island.

Sherkin 5 Red is also a 5km return and includes minor roadways. It offers spectacular views of Slievemore which is the highest point of Sherkin, Cape Clear, The Calf Islands, Schull, and the Mizen Head in the distances. Tra ban is a hidden gem that is a secluded, sandy beach away from the busier areas and is a great place to take a swim and relax. This walk also takes you past the local church St Mona’s.


Do some island hopping and discover the islands dotted around Roaring Water Bay. Also available by request is Angling, Whale & Dolphin trips. For more information and bookings and to arrange pick up from Sherkin Island.

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Whale & Dolphin Watching Trips with mornings 2 hr tour and afternoons 3 hr tour. Good sightings in this area include seals, basking sharks, dolphins, minkes, humpback and fin whales

Fastnet Sunset Tours cruising to capture the amazing sky light in the evening on this 3 hour tour. All the above tours have pick up points on Sherkin by arrangement.

Trips are subject to weather and minimum numbers.  

Pre-booking call or text 087-7961456 

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Leaving the beautiful fishing village of Baltimore the trip across the harbour from Baltimore takes approximately 10 minutes. This trip travels across the mouth of Baltimore harbour and affords astounding views even before you reach Sherkin Island. Please see our website for the full timetable and fares.

Ilen River Cruise to Inis Beg Estate and Gardens

Take a cruise from Baltimore on the Yoker Swan up the Ilen river and enter the magical surrounds of this amazing little island via the slip of the boathouse on Inish Beg.

The Ten Islands Tour takes you through a necklace of islands called The Carbery Hundred Isles, in beautiful West Cork. Each island has its own distinctive charm, rich history and natural peace. With easy access from the mainland, activities include sailing, swimming on safe sandy beaches, diving, snorkelling and fishing, amazing walks and bird watching.

Telephone: 087-2638470
Website: www.sherkinferry.ie
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All of the above tours have collection points at Sherkin Island by arrangement.

The Marina
Situated conveniently below Dun na Long castle and in the grounds of Sherkin House Hotel the marina is available from May to mid- September. Facilities include mooring, electricity, water and showers. Telephone: 028 20116.

Traditional Sailing Boats

Take a relaxing day and discover the coast from the sea on one of the islands traditional sailing boats. Telephone 086 377 7634.

Bike Hire

Siopa Ui Neill bicycle hire and refreshments telephone: 087 382 5883


Artist Trail. Sherkin is known as the island of arts and many artists have open galleries dotted throughout the island which are open from June to September. Drop in and view the creativity the island inspires.

Island Crafts and Information Centre- located on Baltimore pier. A wide variety of island produced crafts can be bought directly from the producers at the island Crafts and Information Centre, open from Easter to October 10am- 6pm. Telephone: 028 20022/ 028 20347.

Community Art Exhibitions. Throughout the summer the local artists exhibit their work in the community hall come in and have a look. June to early September.

H20 Sea Kayaking

The stunning coastline of Sherkin must be seen from the comfort of our sea kayaks to be fully appreciated.  At H2O Sea Kayaking we share our passion for the sea and the wildlife around Roaring Water Bay in safety and comfort.  Our top quality sea kayaks glide through the water easily allowing us to experience more of the islands and wildlife during our time out together. 

We offer half-day tours from €60, full days from €110 or a 3-Day Sea Kayaking Safari with all meals and accommodation included (POA).  Bespoke tours can also be arranged.  Our experienced guides have decades of experience and are fully qualified and insured.  All equipment is provided.  Call us for a chat about your next trip on 089 2799187, or email us at [email protected]

The Sherkin island guide

Welcome to Sherkin Island! The ancestral home of the O’Driscoll clan is the most accessible island in Ireland – only ten minutes by ferry from the fishing port of Baltimore.

The area boasts a wonderful array of landscapes, Atlantic views from the hilltops, fuchsia-scented byways and the finest sandy beaches.

Download our free guide which includes a map and walk routes.

Funded By

“Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development”