An Irish island off Cork offering “beautiful scenery and excellent sailing” offers the perfect opportunity for someone to own their own island hideaway.
Located 4 km off the coast of Cork, West Calf Island is the westernmost of the three Calf Islands located in Roaringwater Bay in West Cork.
The 62-acre island features several abandoned farmhouses and its own freshwater lake, providing the perfect opportunity for someone to develop a private island retreat.
The current owners of the island have told the Irish Independent that the lake has traditionally been used for cattle and have recommended that any future owners consider developing an alpaca farm on the island.
“There is a freshwater lake traditionally used for cattle on the island, so maybe the alpacas could add the necessary spice,” the current owners said.
Any development that benefits the local community would be viewed favorably by local authorities, according to the County Cork Development Plan.
The island has no electricity or running water and is accessible by boat via a slight platform to the east of the island, with boats likely to depart from Schull. There is no wharf or pier on the island.
The island is 28m high at its highest point and offers “the perfect balance between the peaceful seclusion of your own island and the many interesting historic villages and towns in South West Cork to enjoy and explore”, according to the PrivateIslandsOnline sales site.
The current owners say the island offers ‘fantastic’ fishing opportunities, ‘with wrasse, bass, mackerel and pollack in abundance’.
“The ravine lobster is really tasty. On the mainland, the Ilen River offers brown and sea trout as well as Atlantic salmon.”
The three Calf Islands were once home to a total of 80 inhabitants, with a school located on Middle Calf Island.
Today, only East Calf Island is inhabited, but only during the summer months.
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