Ferry Times to and from Bere Island

Bere Island is situated 133km west of Cork City on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork. It is a 2 hour drive (directions below) from Cork City and is only accessible by ferry.

Bere Island is served by two car ferry services,  suitable for travelers on foot, bike or car and both sail year-round from Castletownbere and the Pontoon. A heavy cargo service also operates from Castletownbere.

For ferry timetables please check with each ferry operator: Bere Island Ferries and Murphy’s Ferry   – full contact details for each ferry operator are listed below.  Bere Island Ferries also operate the heavy cargo service.


Please note that you cannot book the ferry in advance. Both ferries operate a first come first served policy and you might have to queue at peak times. But don’t worry, you won’t be left behind, if the ferry is full, they will come back for you!

Summer and winter timetables differ, so do check carefully to make sure that you have the right Bere Island ferry times for your visit.

Ferry Services

Bere Island Ferries

Contact: Colum Harrington

+353 (0)27 75009   |  +353 (0)86 2423140


Departs between Oilean na gCaorach, West End Bere Island to Castletownbere, 2km away on the Beara peninsula.

Murphy's Ferry Service

Contact: Brendan Murphy

087 238 6095  |  086 809 1204  |  027 75988


Facebook: @Murphy’s Ferry Ikom K

Leaves The Pontoon which is on the left just before the Golf Club three miles on glengarriff side of Castletownbere.