Spike Island Tours Information

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Marine Transport and The Titanic Trail Ltd. are happy to announce the launching of a daily guided tour of Spike island from 31st July to the end of September, recent press releases have given the impression that the tour will only take place on Saturday and Sunday however it will be offered every day, 7 days a week from now until the end of the season. If required by demand additional tours will be put on each day.

The time spent on the island will be between 75 and 90 minutes and the boat journey will be dependent on tidal conditions taking anything from 10 minutes over and back at high tide to 25 minutes each way at low tide. Extreme care should be taken when embarking and disembarking at the piers in Cobh and Spike Island.

Visitors should note the following. Due to conditions on the island such as derelict buildings, heavy vegetation and dangerous uneven road surfaces not all of the island is accessible and the tour is very much a guided tour. Current Health and safety requirements mean that visitors must stay in the company of the guide at all times. Children have to be very strictly supervised by their parents. There is no possibility at this time for individual exploration of the Island. The various hazards and control issues will be explained to all visitors. It should also be noted that for the first 40 minutes of the tour there are no toilet facilities until entry to the fort.

Decent footwear is essential and remember there are, as yet, no shops, restaurants of relaxation areas. The roadway from the pier up to the fortress is a moderate incline and some may find the climb challenging.

Despite the various issues of safety the tour explores the fascinating history of the island and visits locations and places that reflect its diverse use. We sincerely hope that the Spike Island Guided Tour will be exciting, interesting and provide a fabulous afternoon in Cork harbour and one of Ireland’s most interesting Islands.

Introductory price arrangements are as follows:

Boats will leave from Kennedy Pier in Cobh daily at 2pm and tickets will be sold at the Ticket Booth there.

Adults: 12.50 Euro per person (includes boat trip and tour)

Children under 12 cost 8 Euro.

Introductory Family ticket of 30 Euro for 2 parents and up to 3 children. (further details at booking office)

Enquiries to 4811485 or 4815211 Email spikeislandguidedwalkingtours@gmail.com

One Response to Spike Island Tours Information

  1. We have wanted to visit Spike for a long long time, having lived there for the first 12 years of my life. Sad to see such a historic place in such a detoriated condition but have great hope for its future now that the County council have taken it over. Its a natural resourse with a huge potential for employment. Please, please, create some jobs now….getting it cleaned up, starting with a path to the famine graveyard where over 730 people are buried.

    Denis Bourke and family
    July 31, 2010 at 7:19 pm