The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at the GAA club Rerrin village, Bere Island. The course is run entirely on tarmac paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

Bere Island parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces – whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See for further details.
  • You are welcome to take part with one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Bere Island parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

The run starts and finishes at the local GAA pitch near Rerrin at the eastern end of the Island. It goes in an anti-clockwise direction and you head east first. The course starts with a hill for about 400m and then levels off, on the hill you pass by a wedge tomb. At the top of the hill the course levels off and you can take in some breath taking views of the Atlantic ocean and Lonehort Viking harbour. You take the next right turn and head up to a military fort that was built in 1898. The course turns left here and you are now heading west going downhill. Next you begin a climb up to an Irish army training camp and take a turn right and head downhill again to Rerrin village. In the village you head south and back to the finish line at the GAA pitch.


Car parking, toilets, dressing rooms and showers. Tea & coffee.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts at the local GAA pitch near Rerrin at the eastern end of the Island.

Getting there by public transport

There are a number of bus companies providing a service from Cork, go to the Bere Island website for details.
There are two companies operating ferries from the mainland. Bere Island Ferries from Castletownbere 8K from start line and Murphy's Ferry which goes direct to Rerrin near the start line.

Getting there on foot

Arrive at Rerrin village with Lawrence Cove Lodge on your left, take the right turn between O’ Sullivan’s bar and Kitty’s café and follow the signs to the GAA pitch (8mins walk).

Getting there by road

Take the N22 westward, following ‘Killarney’ signposting.
8 miles (13 km) after the end of the dual carriageway follow the left hand signpost for Bantry and Castletownbere (R585).
After 1 mile reach the village of Crookstown where you take a left turn (signpost for Bantry).
After 12.5 miles (20 km), take a right turn following the signpost to Glengarriff.
In Glengarriff take a left turn for Castletownbere (R572).
Murphy’s Ferry leaves The Pontoon, which is 18 miles from Glengarriff on left.
Bere Island Ferries is in Castletownbere on the left at the entrance to the town.

From Killarney head to Kenmare via Kilgarven. From Kenmare follow the signs to Glengarriff.
In Glengarriff take a left turn for Castletownbere (R572).
Murphy’s Ferry leaves The Pontoon, which is 18 miles from Glengarriff on left.
Bere Island Ferries is in Castletownbere on the left at the entrance to the town.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Bake house cafe, Rerrin village - please come and join us!