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“Stunning walk”
Review of Dursey Island

Dursey Island
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

We travelled over on the cable car with a farmer going to check on his cattle. We followed his advice to walk along the road as far as possible and thus reach the end of the island fairly easily - leaving the mountain path for the return trip. By doing so you get the best views back to the mainland all the way. I see this contradicts an earlier reviewer. On the return we met several walkers already tired from the steep uphill start on the mountain path and they probably would not have gone all the way as we did. A truly memorable walk and stunningly beautiful views.

3  Thank calgarian69
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had a great half-day out on Dursey Island. Our biggest regret is that we could not do the entire walk, because we weren't prepared with lunch. (We had been worried that the rain would cut short our trip, but it turned out we were caught in just one brief shower.) We hope that we have a chance to do it again, as we really enjoyed the cable car ride, and the amazing scenery.

Thank massuser
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Reviewed July 3, 2014

Went to Dursey just to go on the cable car with my 3 kids (aged 9,7,5). We went over and back on the cable car and did not go for a walk around the island. When the kids are a bit older we will do that. The kids really enjoyed the ride over and back to the island. In all my travels I have seen nothing like it. It is thrilling to be hovering over sea below as you move along slowly in the cable car.

For any one that is nervous there is a bottle of holy water in the corner of the cable car. At least you can bless your self as the cable car plunges into the sea.

The island is ideal to go for a walk. There is roadway extending through most of the island or you could walk along the hill tops. There is very little facilities so bring a picnic if you want something to eat and bring some toilet paper (just in case you are caught short).

The fare for adult is €8 and kids is €4. From mid June to late September the cable car is fully operational from 9am to 7.30pm. Outside of these dates it runs on a very limited basis. Go to the web site http://www.durseyisland.ie to get information . It takes longer to get to Dursey than you think it will when you look at the map so give yourself plenty of time for the journey to get there (about 1 hour 15 minutes from Kenmare).

The cable car only holds 6 adults for one trip. I would recommending going earlier in the day. While the cable car operates from 9 am to 7.30pm during the Summer it stops brining people over to the island much earlier than 7.30pm. (I arrived back from the island on the cable car at 4.30pm to see a sign saying that no more people could go out to the island that day). This is because there are already so many people on the island from earlier in the day that they cannot bring anymore out and it allows space to get people back off the island by 7.30pm.

During the busy season, I am sure that there is a good deal of a wait to get on the cable car. Do the maths, 6 people at a time and taking 20 minutes to do a round trip.

Even if you cannot go on the cable car it is worth just parking at the car park and availing of the seating area to enjoy the view and have a picnic and maybe go for a small stroll.

Dursey is well worth the trip ,but, allow yourself plenty of time to get there and back.

Thank LyrDaly
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

The Ring Of Beara trip is a fabulous way to see some of the best scenery in Ireland - and far less crowded than it's popular cousin the Ring Of Kerry. One of the standouts on the trip is taking a short detour to Dursey Island which is at the far southwest of the peninsula. That trip is maybe 15minutes, but it can take you several hours to get that far if driving from Kenmare.

On arriving you pull into a gravel parking lot and see a very old-fashioned ski cable car going back and forth between the mainland and the island. Although you will find toilets at the side of the ticket office there are very few other facilities, unless some enterprising soul is selling water and snacks in the parking lot.

The cable car costs 8 euros for a return trip and takes about 6-7 minutes to get across the narrow straits. (The car was apparently installed as the currents were far too strong for most boats to handle a number of years ago). You end up sitting on a wooden bench, 3 to a side, as the car gently swings back and forth during the crossing. Make sure you open up your eyes and take in the view. Contrary to folklore and some other reviews, animals are no longer allowed on the cablecar (although judging by the straw on the floor that rule may be bent sometimes). You can take bicycles as long as there is room. Summer operating hours are continuous from 9am to 8pm. Check winter hours if you go. General advice is get there early if you intend to tour/walk the island.

On the island side there are no facilities although there is a blue minibus (call 087 2060809) you can hire to drive you around the island if you don't want to walk. ** So walkers and cyclists need to bring supplies with them! ** Just within a 15 minute walk from the landing point you can see the island graveyard , dozens of sheep and some other buildings. A longer walk takes you to the observation tower at the far west of the island which has amazing views. It's worth reading the information signs in the parking lot as you'll learn that the island was originally used as slave way station by the Vikings and was also the site of a battle way back in Elizabethan times.

It was a great trip and well worth the 8 euro.

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5  Thank John C
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Reviewed June 9, 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.

2  Thank podrozniczka60
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