Island Activities For You

Sherkin North Shore provides access to a variety of unique and rich experiences around the island.

Sea Kayaking

Roaring Water Bay, and Sherkin in particular, is one of the premium locations in Ireland for sea kayaking. With sheltered waters, the wild Atlantic seaboard, idyllic sandy beaches, and deserted islands, there is something for people of all abilities. Why not join Pat and H20 Sea Kayaking for an adventure of your own!

Pat and H20 Sea Kayaking offers half-day and full-day tours. No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided. Call 089 2799187 or email for details.


Baltimore and Roaringwater Bay are truly a sailor’s paradise. Whether a beginner, or an experienced sailor, you will have access to local sailing schools, a sailing club, and yacht charter company on both Heir Island and Baltimore.

To learn more about the local sailing opportunities, visit the following online resources:

Surfing and Swimming

Surf or Swim the Atlantic on one of Sherkin’s 4 beautiful beaches. The Abbey Pier and Horseshoe Harbour are both popular swimming spots.


Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Sherkin Island is within the Roaringwater Bay Special Area of Conservation, offering a diverse landscape with a range of coastal and marine habitats. The island is home to over 450 species of flora and fauna, a wide variety of migrant bird species, impressive mammals, and more. Whether it be a walk along one of the many sandy beaches, a picnic on top of a beautiful cliff, or a climb to the highest point on Slievemore the outdoor possibilities are endless.


Go fishing with Baltimore Angling and Wildlife Tours.

Whale Watching and Diving

Baltimore has two whale watching companies where you can see these great mammals that live or visit the west cork coastline, as well as two diving companies for an underwater adventures. To learn more about these opportunities, visit these online resources:


Explore Sherkin’s archaeological sites, including a Franciscan abbey, the monk’s gardens, mass rocks, souterrains, standing stones and pre famine dwellings.

Jolly Roger Tavern

A totally unique experience with great live music!

Sherkin Farmer’s Market

The Sherkin Market runs every Sunday during the summer months.


Ferry to Baltimore

Sherkin is a 10-minute Ferry ride from Baltimore Pier. See Current Timetable for times. or call 0879117377