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Murphys Pub & Islanders Rest Guest House

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Sherkin Island, Skibbereen,
Mr Mark Murphy
T: +353(0)2820116

Murphy’s Pub & Islander’s Rest Guesthouse on Sherkin Island, West Cork is the ideal location for a short break, away for the hustle and bustle of the mainland. We have 21 ensuite bedrooms, most with a stunning view of Baltimore Harbour.

We are located only ten minutes by ferry from the fishing village of Baltimore in West Cork. With a regular ferry service, you can easily use "The Islander's Rest Guesthouse" as a base to explore the wonders of West Cork, or simply to rest on the tranquil setting of Sherkin Island.

Visitors can relax and enjoy the hospitality of Murphy's Pub, which serves fresh food daily and local seafood is a specialty. The pub is one of the island's informal social meeting places, where craic, conversation and comfort go hand in hand with the West Cork tradition of music and song.
Attractions include our two fully licensed marine rib boats for whale and dolphin watching and sea trips. We can provide you with a days yachting or sea angling with experienced fully qualified skippers. For land lovers, nature trailing and scenic walks where you can discover the unique flora and fauna of Sherkin Island.

A major attraction for boating enthusiasts is the Seahorse Marina at Dún-na-Long Castle, just 50 yards from "The Islander's Rest Guesthouse". This facility is available from mid-April to mid-September (weather permitting). It provides facilities for the seafarer, which include mooring, electricity and water, food and refreshment at Murphy’s Pub.

Sherkin Island is just three miles long, one mile wide and has a stunning natural beauty and variety of landscape, which is both tranquil and breathtaking.

You can choose from Sherkin's three sandy beaches – Trabawn, Cow Strand or the largest, Silver Strand. All are safe for bathing and ideal for children and families. Alternatively, take a stroll along quiet leafy lanes or explore the old lighthouse and the ruined Franciscan Abbey by the pier.

Special rates and package discounts are available for family’s, groups and special occasions. Contact us today by phone on 00 353 (0)28 20116 for best current offers and rates.