Bere Island Loop
LIGHTHOUSE LOOP: 248m
RERRIN LOOP: 95m
LIGHTHOUSE LOOP: 10km
RERRIN LOOP: 6km
LIGHTHOUSE LOOP: 4-5hrs
RERRIN LOOP: 2-3hrs
Grade: LIGHTHOUSE LOOP: moderate-difficult
RERRIN LOOP: easy-moderate
Catch the ferry from Castletownbere to the western part of the island.
Catch the ferry from pontoon two miles east of Castletownbere to the village of Rerrin on the east side of the island.
The 6km route passes several sites of historical importance, including two of the four Martello Towers originally built to defend against an attack from Napolean in 1796.
Moving on, you will also spot more recent military sites, including seven gun batteries, stemming from the island’s position as a military outpost during British rule.
Along the route, older archaeological Bronze Age sites are clearly marked with interpretive panels for your reference.
The signposted path will guide you back to Rerrin where you can enjoy the wonderfully atmospheric pubs and restaurants dotted around the village.
Start and Finish : LIGHTHOUSE LOOP: Western pier via Castletownbere ferry
RERRIN LOOP: Rerrin quay via Pontoon ferry
Terrain:LIGHTHOUSE LOOP: lanes, tracks and footpaths
RERRIN LOOP: firm tracks
Is on the South side of Bere Island overlooking Bantry Bay. Walking boots are required for this route and care to be taken with children along the coast. The walk will take you about 2 hours which have great views of Bantry Bay, Sheep’s Head and the coast line of Bere Island.
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