SHERKIN ISLANDWant to get away from it all. Then head to Sherkin Island, which is situated a short distance from Baltimore, Co. Cork. It is in Roaring Water Bay and well worth a visit. Sherkin is just ten minutes from the pier in Baltimore.
It is a relaxing visit and not one to be rushed on a day trip – remember distances in Cork, especially from the city to the western peninsulas, are long. There are a couple of excellent places to stay and eat in the Baltimore area and you may also choose to stay on the island at The Islander’s Rest (http://www.islandersrest.ie).
During my visit, I had a couple of drinks and some decent grub at the Rest and enjoyed my walks around the quiet island (pop. About 100). Here, you may enjoy the picturesque lanes. Sea side flowers, including of course, the fuchsia (the emblem of West Cork), abound and we had the beaches to ourselves.
When you land at the island pier, you’ll see the ruins of the Franciscan Abbey. It was built in 1460 but destroyed in a raid in 1537. Climbers are also attracted to the rocky cliff faces and divers to the clear waters. You will also find art exhibitions there from time to time.
And if you want to go to Sunday mass, get there early as it takes place on Saturdays, according to a local website!
So go there and relax. Don't worry about time or schedules. In any case, the ferry service is quite frequent in summer. http://sherkinisland.eu/index.php/ferry
Check out my review of Sherkin Island - I am cork - on Qype