Had enough of cars, trains, buses, and planes? Then take a trip in a cable car. Built in 1969, the cable car that crosses the notorious Dursey Sound in West Cork is the only cable car in Ireland and one of the few in Europe to travel over open water.
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Strewn with rocks and featuring a tidal race open to the Atlantic at both ends, Dursey Sound is hazardous for boats, so the general means of transport from the tip of the Beara Peninsula across to the island is by cable car. The journey takes about 10 minutes, with 6 people allowed in the car at any one time. An iconic image of West Cork was the carriage of cattle in the cable car, but health and safety regulations have led to a ban on all animals except guide dogs.
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The cable car runs continuously during summer months from 9am to 8pm. Fares are €8 return for adult and €4 return for child. Once you get to the island, you will discover a place with just a handful of human inhabitants but a magnificent selection of bird species. The tranquil outpost is a birdwatchers’ heaven of craggy coastline, soaring cliffs, open bog, and a patchwork of fields bordered by ditches and dry stone walls. Historic artefacts include standing stones, an ancient monastery, and a remarkable signal station from the Napoleonic era.
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