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“Remote infatuating and enchanted hikers paradise.”
Review of Dursey Island

Dursey Island
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

The only practical way to get to this island is the strangest exciting cable car ride because the ferry tends to come just a few times a year. There is only one car and it no longer transports the cows we were told. You have to check the times of operation because the operators have lunch breaks .We hiked extensively on this beautiful island and the views and photo opportunities were quite rewarding. It is simply gorgeous. It has fascinating history - read a little about it to understand it - it helped us to appreciate it. It is very depopulated with I believe just one family still living there. There are two options to hike it - the hill trail or the road and one can switch from one to another. The road is much easier so choose the mountainous trails to walk to the end of the island and come back on the road. There are sheep everywhere, old ruins including old church and cemetery. The Irish have a sense of humor like no other so you will see in the middle of literally nowhere a bus stop. One of the remarkable landmarks is the observation tower. You should make an effort to walk to the end of the island - it is spectacular.

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Getting to this area from Kenmare took longer than I thought due to the many switchbacks on the winding road. This is a remote area but well worth the ride. Once in the cable car, the views are fantastic! Unfortunately, our party arrived too late in the afternoon to tour the island but the cable car ride alone was worth doing just to snap pictures of the dramatic, rocky shoreline.
Local workers have priority for the cable car but we saw none while we were there in late September. There are restrooms at the cable car base but no food or restaurants.

Thank vacaybug
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

We were looking forward to doing this trip and drove a long way to get to the cable car only to find that winter hours (and it was early October) mean that it doesn't operate between 11am and 2.30pm. The sun was shining and about 12 people turned up, found it wasn't open again until 2,30pm and went away - probably like us not to return. I would have thought that given exceptional weather and the footfall that they could have run longer hours. The website hadn't even been updated so we had no idea what winter hours meant. It would have been fun to ride the cablecar but even so we had a great walk on the mainland and really enjoyed our visit to this remote point.

4  Thank JohnUK
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

We had nice walks over the islands, to the very point where we saw several Gannet appearing right for our noses in the skye, wow, they came so close, we did not nead binoculars. Also seagulls, and others birds to see.
No trees on the whole island, the views to the mainland, over the ocean and other islands were magnificant. It was a bright and sunny day.

Thank Dutchwalkie
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

We had a great day out on Dursey Island. The cable car is a very cute old wooden thing which holds 6 people and occasionally the odd sheep - check out the straw under the seats. Be aware that locals (of which there are 6 permanent) rightly take priority so don’t get alarmed if someone appears to jump the queue.

On the recommendation of the cable car operator we took the right hand path when we got out. I think he’s right as this leads you up the climbs first and leaves the easier, less spectacular walk for the return. While the ascent is officially only 300m, be aware that there is a lot of rise-and-falls to get there.

This was probably our most crowded walk on the Beara Peninsula, but even then we probably encountered no more than 20 people.

There are no facilities on the island, so make sure you take a packed lunch with you, and use the toilets at the mainland cable car station before you leave.

The only downside to the whole day was the return trip. There was a sizeable queue and a stationary cable car when we got to the station. It didn't start to operate until 5 o’clock, and at 6 people per 15-minute round trip we waited some 90 minutes to get back to the mainland.

2  Thank HalfCenturian
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