Bere Island, three miles wide and seven miles long, sits under the watchful eye
of Hungry Hill, highest mountain on the Bere Peninsula. It stands like a rocky
sentry at the mouth of Bantry Bay in Southwest Cork. Two massive Martello
towers, a hundred and fifty feet above the water, stare down at the Bay, ready
to harass Napoleon's fleet with canon fire.
French ships did come once,
but never landed--driven out to sea by a fierce winter storm. The towers
still keep watch over the bay, along with the remains of the gun emplacements
that guarded the British Fleet in Bereave Harbor during World War I.
[This is the view from the tower above. Jim's place
is just out of the picture to the right, about 2/3 of the way up the right edge
of the picture. For the views from the cottage, click on Jim's
Car ferries from Castletownbere on the mainland make the twenty minute trip
to the island several times a day, serving the island residents and summer
visitors. A church, two pubs, a restaurant, a cafe, and two small stores are available
For more information on Bere Island,