The drive to complete the circle round the Beara Peninsula took us past Bear Island, Whiddy Island and on into the town of Bantry and from there is was less than an hour to our destination at Skibbereen. The name meant “Little Boat Harbour” although the sea was 12K south west at Baltimore. It was from Baltimore that we would catch the ferry to the island of Sherkin where cousins, Gill and Robin Snelson, have a house.
We left the campervan at the camp site in Skibb and cycled to Baltimore. The road was wide and reasonably free of traffic and undulated nicely with shallow climbs and gentle downhill slopes, finally offering us spectacular glimpses of Baltimore Harbour, resplendent in the morning sunshine.
The Sherkin ferry left at midday, our bicycles were loaded onto the boat by the young men who were manning the ferry and fifteen minutes later we were waving to Robin who was on the quay at Sherkin to greet us.