Take a walk on Whiddy Island – one of West Cork’s seven inhabited islands!
Whiddy Island is situated in Bantry Bay between the Beara and Sheep’s Head peninsulas, and it’s home to a walk that offers spectacular views across Bantry Bay and the neighbouring landscapes.
Whiddy Island Walk Details
From the Bantry West trailhead, set out along the N71 to the pier and take the Whiddy Island Ferry. The trip over Bantry Bay gives you a stunning view of Bantry House, and takes approximately 20 minutes, depending on weather conditions.
From the Whiddy Island Trailhead set out along the road. At the T-junction take a left at the finger post sign taking the Tranaha option. At the next way marker take a right over a timber stile and continue off-road uphill along a path. At the second timber stile, you will begin to descend the hill. You will encounter two more timber stiles before re-joining the road again at the fourth timber stile and continue on to your right.
From here on follow the road and way markers back to the trailhead, and maybe take a moment to stop at the Bank House pub before you make your way back to Bantry.
Please note the seasonal ferry times to Whiddy Island before setting out from the pier at Bantry.
|Start/Finish:||Whiddy Island Trailhead|
|Distance:||1.6 km (approx)|
|Estimated time:||1 hour (based on average walking speed of 3 km per hour)|
|Metres Climbed/ Ascent:||75 metres|
|Maximum Height:||40 metres|
|Minimum Gear:||Walking boots, rain gear, fluid, and a mobile phone.|