Sherkin Island is one of Ireland's unique offshore islands. After a pleasant 10 minute ferry ride from the village of Baltimore in West Cork, you will find yourself in a totally unspoilt setting offering ideal surroundings for a pleasant walk and some safe sandy beaches for swimming. It has an abundance of flora and fauna that attract many nature lovers and birdwatchers.
Sherkin Island (from the Irish Inis Earcáin) lies southwest of County Cork in Ireland alongside other islands of Roaringwater Bay. It has an average population of 100 people, measures 3 miles long by 1.5 miles wide (5 km by 3 km). The island has a primary school, two pubs with a hotel, B&B, community centre and a Church.
Sherkin has its own special character. A West Cork anecdote has it that Sherkin's residents live off their art: island craft, paintings and book writing all inspired by Sherkin’s tranquil lifestyle. The busiest season starts with school summer holidays when people with young families visit the island. The busiest day of the year is a celebration of Sherkin Regatta, usually held on the 3rd weekend in July, but which is postponed to August if weather does not allow. On this day the island is crowded with sea rowers and their fans. Children's activities, music and food stalls are all part of this Sherkin fair.