West Calf Island

West Calf Island (La Laonna) is the most westerly of the three Calf Islands that lie at the heart of Roaring Water Bay, West Cork. Located at the south-westerly most tip of the Irish Republic in a region noted for its pleasant micro climate, beautiful scenery and excellent sailing, this unique property being some 4 kilometres out from the mainland offers a perfect balance between the peaceful seclusion of your own island and also the many inte ...

West Calf Island (La Laonna) is the most westerly of the three Calf Islands that lie at the heart of Roaring Water Bay, West Cork. Located at the south-westerly most tip of the Irish Republic in a region noted for its pleasant micro climate, beautiful scenery and excellent sailing, this unique property being some 4 kilometres out from the mainland offers a perfect balance between the peaceful seclusion of your own island and also the many interesting historic villages and towns of southwest Cork to enjoy and explore.

The island is 25 Ha. or approximately 62 acres rising to 28 meters. The GPS co-ordinates are 51.467 , -9.517.

Redevelopment Opportunities

Given that there are several derelict farmhouses and out buildings existing on the Island there is good potential for redevelopment under the Cork county development plan, details of which can be found on the county's site.

Current planning guidelines suggest that if some form of economic benefit can be offered to the local community either by directly employing locals or through improved tourism facilities then redevelopment would be looked upon favorably. There is a fresh water lake traditionally used for livestock on the Island so perhaps Alpacas might add the necessary spice.

Utility Information

There are currently no utility services to the property although having had more than 20 people living on the island historically it would be reasonable to assume there was a fresh water well. According to the census of 1911 there were 80 people living between the three Calf Islands at that time with a schoolhouse located on Middle Calf. These days however Middle Calf is used solely for livestock and East Calf is being occupied only during the summer months.

Access to Island

Boat landing is comfortable enough to the East of the Island where the land slopes gently to the water especially at high tide although there is no man made dock. There is boat access from the mainland at the public pier located at Schull town.

Fishing

As might be expected, the fishing is fantastic from the island with wrasse, sea bass, mackerel and pollack all in abundance. Lobster from the ravine is tasty indeed. On the mainland the river Ilen offers brown and sea trout and also Atlantic salmon.

Nearby Attractions

Locally there is a thriving art scene and many enjoyable pubs and restaurants. Schull town puts on the Fastnet film festival annually and the neighboring village of Ballydehob plays host to a jazz and traditional music festival. There are numerous other regional fairs, markets and events throughout the year.

Driving Times from Schull town

Cork International Airport - 64.3 miles / 104 km; 1 hr 44 mins.
Dublin City - 230 miles 370 km; 4 hr.


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