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lies at the southwestern tip of the Beara Peninsula
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in the west of County Cork
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. Dursey Island is 6.5 km long and 1.5 km wide. The island is separated from the mainland by a narrow stretch of water called Dursey Sound which has a very strong tidal race, with a reef of rocks in the centre of the channel which is submerged at high tides. This peaceful island with only twelve or so permanent wintertime residents is connected to the mainland by Ireland's only cable car
An aerial tramway , cable car , ropeway or aerial tram is a type of aerial lift which uses one or two stationary ropes for support while a third moving rope provides propulsion...
, and the only cable car which goes over sea water in Europe spanning the sound that is one of its main attractions. Dersey has no shops, pubs or restaurants.
The population is about 6 to 8 people.
It is also well known for the nesting colonies of seabirds.
The Calf Rock sits off the western point of the Island in a tidal race
Tidal race is a natural occurrence whereby a fast moving tide passes through a constriction resulting in the formation of waves, eddies and hazardous currents...
. Formerly a site for a lighthouse, the remains of which still exist.
- Ballaun Stones, Killowen, Ballynacallagh
- Castle Site, Ballynacallagh O'Sullivan garrison 1602
- Cup Marked Stone, Ballynacallagh
- Graveyarg/Ruined Church, Ballynacallagh
- Hut Site, Killowen
- Radial Stone Enclosure, Maughanaclea
- Signal Tower, Tilickatina