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Dursey Island, West Cork, Ireland

Dursey Sound, West Cork, Ireland .
This infamous sound is used heavily for a north south corridor to shorten the distance of traveling around the island adding approximately 6 nautical miles. It is also one of the roughest stretches of water during inclement weather. With a 6-7 knot tidal stream and a south-western gale in opposition the sea state is extreme. Passing through this sound in the wrong conditions is often described as sailing “Hells Ladder” due to the short high choppy seas it produces. The Island is accessible by Europe’s largest cable car to traverse water at a maximum capacity of 1200Kg’s or a max of 6 adults. The island’s active population is estimated to be between 6-8 people.

Photography from Dursey Island, West Cork, Ireland
Photograph from the top of  Dursey Island, West Cork, Ireland © Brian Carlin
The only cable car in Ireland and the largest one to cross water in Europe. Dursey Island, West Cork. © Brian Carlin
The only cable car in Ireland and the largest one to cross water in Europe. Dursey Island, West Cork. © Brian Carlin

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