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The best thing about the island are the views of the mainland, which are magnificent. The island itself, apart from the area around Lonehort Harbour,
is unremarkable for the Beara (that is to say beautiful, rather than stunningly beautiful).
Just about enough to see and do to make a good day out; any longer than that, would be stretching it.
The old British fort dating from 1899 at the eastern end of Bere Island, the Lonehort Battery, boasts two six inch guns, an infantry trench,
guard house, parade area, engine house and various underground structures.
It also boasts a very high chain link fence that surrounds the whole site, making it almost impossible to see anything much other than the impressive moat.
Once there were four Martello Towers on Bere Island. Now there are only two.
This one is at Ardagh on the top of the third highest hill on the island The other one is at Cloughland (51°37'23.04"N, 9°49'55.57"W, OSI: V731427).
It is open to the public and in a reasonable state of repair (although a little TLC would not go amiss).
The views from the top make the long climb from the road worth the effort.