Recently we took a quick spin to West Cork to check out Cape Clear Island. It's en route when you cycle from Kinsale to Killarney along the Wild Atlantic Way and is easily accessed by ferry (they take bikes onboard too!). We found some amazing West Cork scenery but also some very steep hills which made cycling feel like being on a self-propelled roller coaster! While we did cycle around the island, we'd recommend leaving your bikes at the harbour when you arrive unless you are a strong and persistent cyclist. However, the trip to Cape Clear is simply spectacular on a good day and well worth a visit.
The 45 minute ferry journey from Baltimore is beautiful on a calm day, bringing you past the Baltimore Beacon and out through the entrance to the harbour. You travel along the coast of Sherkin Island before crossing out to Cape Clear and into the harbour on the north side of the island. The island itself is inhabited by approx. 100 people and despite its small size (3 x 1.5 miles or 5 x 3km) has all the essentials for people living on the island and visiting.
For a more cycling friendly island try nearby Sherkin Island. Both islands are easily accessed from Baltimore which is a 2 -3 day cycle from Kinsale.