Plan Your Trip

Sherkin Island is the convenient castaway destination, it is easy to get to but still provides that old world feeling.

See below for some sample itineraries for your next trip to Sherkin Island

Sample itineraries

One Day Trip

Leave Baltimore at 9.30am arrive Sherkin Island 9.45am

Take a walk around the island visit local galleries

Go Geocaching

Retire to Sherkin Island House for lunch

After lunch rent a bike from Sean the Shop

Explore the island beaches and talk to the locals

Find the Jolly Roger and have a much needed drink before getting the 6 ’clock ferry.

Overnight trip

Get to the island early your accommodation will be happy to store your bags until check in


Take the 10.30am ferry

Arrive Sherkin Island 10.45am

Check in your bags

Explore your home from home

11.30am Go for a walk to TraBhan where you could see dolphins from the shore or go for a swim if you are brave enough.

1.00pm Head up to the Jolly Roger for a homemade snack and enjoy a drink or two

3.00 Check into accommodation and check out your home from home

3.30 Explore the host of birds and other wildlife that make Sherkin their home.

5pm Return to your accommodation you deserve a rest!

7 pm Get dressed you are going out

7.30 Have dinner at Sherkin House

912 Do a pub crawl both pubs are situated opposite each other and both offer a unique


12 Walk home beneath the night sky where you will see a blanket of twinkling stars

Next day

9.00am breakfast

9.30 head over to the North Shore for a wake up walk and a session of Yoga

10.30 Have a coffee at the Northshore and enjoy the panoramic views

12.00 Meander back to your accommodation

1.00 Bring a pack lunch to TraBhan perhaps go for a swim

5.00 Leave on the ferry arrive back in Baltimore at 5.15

Two night trip
A two-night trip allows you more time and you don’t have to jam pack your down time
The list of activities below can help you fill it
Nature watching
Wild Atlantic Island Hopping
Picnics on the beach
Go Geocaching 
Go stargazing
Visit the Traditional Wooden Boat An Run and An Hanoah

Ferry Timetables

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. Click the timetable below to link to the Sherkin Ferry website 

Driving directions

It’s just a short ferry ride from the lovely West Cork fishing village of Baltimore to Sherkin Island. Find your way to Baltimore, and set out as a foot passenger to explore this beautiful island! A car park is available close to the ferry departure point in Baltimore.


From Cork

Check the ferry times before your departure.
Approximate time: 1 hour 35 mins

From Tralee

Check the ferry times before your departure.
Approximate time: 2 hours 15 mins

From Limerick

Check the ferry times before your departure.
Approximate time: 2 hours 15 mins

From Dublin

Check the ferry times before your departure.
Approximate time: 4 hours 20 mins

Bus Timetables

West Cork Connect provides return bus service from Cork City to Skibbereen daily, click on the image below to visit their website. 

Bus Eireann provides bus service from Skibbereen to Baltimore daily, click on the image below to view the website

Find your way around Sherkin Island with our map!

Visit the beautiful beaches Sherkin is famed for, pause to admire stunning views, explore our new walking routes signposted on the island, or call to the artists’ studios and the community centre to see the creativity of this ‘Island of the Arts’.

Sherkin North Shore hosts everything from yoga retreats to art weekends, and you’ll find music, food, and drink at The Jolly Roger and Sherkin House!

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”