Get up early and catch the ferry for this 5k walk around Bere Island
Bere Island is one of those magical places.
The island boasts several stunning mainland views of one of the deepest bays in Europe (that would be Bantry Bay), as well as Slieve Miskish and Caha Mountains on the mainland, Sheep’s Head Peninsula and the island’s very own sleepy Lawrence Cove Marina.
Every Saturday at 9.30am, the Parkrun walkers, joggers and sight-seers head off from Castletownbere and make their way over on the ferry to take part in a weekly 5k loop around the island.
The event starts at the local GAA pitch near Rerrin at the eastern end of the Island and from there, the group strikes off in an anti-clockwise direction, passing a wedge tomb, stopping at Lonehort Viking harbour to take in breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean until they turn off towards Military Hill, passing Fort Berehaven and Lawrence Cove Marine until they hit Rerrin village and finish once again at the GAA pitch.
The group then grabs a well-deserved coffee in the Bakehouse Cafe to enjoy with chats and a few treats.
The entire experience is completely free and volunteer-led.
To join in this stunning walk around Bere Island, all you have to do is register for the Parkun here. For more information on the group, the route and what to bring with you click here.
The ferry from Castletownbere takes approximately 15 minutes to cross and costs €8 return per person.