Cobh (Cork), Ireland
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This option is available to guests who are returning to the ship.
Set out on foot accompanied by your guide and board a boat to Spike Island.
At 104 acres, Spike Island commands a strategic position within the sheltered mouth of the lower reaches of Cork Harbour -- one of the largest natural harbors in the world. Over the centuries, people have used the island for a host of different purposes. Written early Christian evidence suggests that Saint Mochuda founded a monastic settlement on Spike Island in the 7th century. In the 18th century, the island's rugged shoreline was a hiding place for smugglers. In 1847, Spike Island became a convict depot, with more than 2,000 convicts detained here. Between 1985 and 2004, the fort was re-opened as a prison to hold young offenders. Today, the Island is a repository of stories and memories that make your guided tour rather interesting. Enjoy some free time to explore independently.
Re-board the boat for the return journey to Cobh. Guests wishing to stay in town to shop or explore independently are welcome to do so but must make their own way back to the ship.
The boat is not exclusive to Holland America Line guests. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Terrain includes gravel and flagstones and is uneven in places with steps throughout. Dress warmly in layers with a wind- and waterproof outer layer. Wear comfortable walking shoes.