Inis Bhreac means Spotted or Striped
Island. Spanish visitors often took
This island was used for cattle quarantine
from visiting ships, which might have
Oileán na Gaineamaha, does not contain
Na Ceirtleoga meaning little balls of yarn
Inis Uí Drisceoil = O’Driscoll’s Island. Heir
Island is accessible by boat all year round.
The current population is around 20 and
Heir Island is well known for its sandy
The Skeams consist of two islands. Skeam
East has an impressive rock arch on the
western coast. Skeam West has a 9th
Century church ruin.
Each Inis = Horse Island is a low-lying island situated east of Castle Island. The
island can accommodate summer visitors since the refurbishment of old houses.
Copper and other minerals were formerly mined on the island.
Meadhon Inis = Middle Island and derives its name from an O’Mahony castle, the
ruins of which are near the east end.
Oileáin Uí Charthaigh which means O’Carthy’s Island. It derives its name from an
Irish clan inhabiting the west Cork area.
Inis Fhada = Long Island. This low lying
island has a maximum elevation of 29m
and is situated at the mouth of Schull
Harbour. The only activity on the island is
farming. The current population is
The Calf Islands
The West, Middle and East Calf Islands
form a chain in the very centre of
Roaringwater Bay. All three islands are
exposed and treeless. The last inhabitants
left only in the 1940s. East Calf is
occupied in the summer.
Oileán Cléire = island of the clergy. Cape
Clear is the largest and hilliest island in
Roaringwater Bay situated 13km from
Baltimore. The current population is
around 130. The main income on the
island is from farming, tourism and
The island is home to a historic Franciscan Friary and the ruins of an O'Driscoll
clan castle, both of which date back to the 14th century. The diverse flora and
fauna of the island, together with the intriguing rock formations, make Sherkin
Island the gem of the West Cork Islands.
Home to several world-renowned artists,
writers and sculptors, visitors will enjoy the solitude and fun on Sherkin's
wonderful sandy beaches at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, repairing to the
island's hostelries for excellent artisan food and drink with the locals.