Spike Island

The inclement weather didn’t damper the spirits of those who attended our day trip to Spike Island. The day started with a short train trip from Glounthane to Cobh where we got the ferry to the Island.

We were greeted by our tour guide Christine ,who braved the weather to give us an informed commentary of the historic island.

A collection of field and costal armoury, hillside viewing posts  and the amazing 6″ cannons were some of the highlights on display. You were able to walk through the prison cells and experience first hand the stark reality of  how tough life was for the incarcerated  residents. Set on 103 acres the island is fastly becoming  one  of Corks must see attractions. The Island is dominated by the 18th century Fort Mitchel.

The Islands strategic location within the harbour meant it was used at times for defence and as a prison. In the last few years is under development as a heritage tourist attraction.

An altogether enjoyable day was had by one and all. The journey concluded with a brief train trip back to Glounthane where we availed of the car parking facilities.

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