Private vessel landing - Licensed operators

Private individual vessel visits:




Spike Island is tasked with the safe and timely landing of passengers at Spike Island.   Our not for profit company aims to bring jobs and visitors to the region, and tell the wonderful history of Spike Island to as many people, and as safetly, as possible.  The pontoon on Spike Island is in continuous use during the busy peak season, with several vessels and dozens of landings / departures taking place.  This means safe and timely access to the pontoon is essential for the company to operate effectively and ensure visitor safety, and maximise employment.  

The following guidelines are in place for both private individuals and other licensed operators who wish to land at Spike Island.  Please help us make visits to Spike Island safe and enjoyable for all.  

-  No set down or tie up landings are permitted at any time of the year on the north side of the pontoon, facing away from the island, to ensure visitor and staff safety.  

-  No set down or tieing up is allowed at any of the steps away from the pontoon.  These locations are not deemed safe / suitable for use.  Long term options to restore these areas are being investgated. 

-  No landings are permitted on the smaller east and west sides of the pontoon at any time, including set downs, as these locations contain safety ladders to allow persons in the water to climb out of the water safely.  

-  The south side of the pontoon on Spike Island is available for set down use only in July and August, strictly from 12pm to 6pm, due to the frequency of visitor arrivals.  No extended stays of any duration during these limited hours are permitted, to ensure vistior safety and standards.  

-  Outside of these times and months, longer landings can be pre-advised by contacting or 021-2373455.  An email will be sent to all those notifying landing.

- There are no visits or access outside of publicly advertised opening hours when staff are on site, unless pre-arranged.  Any person on the island after this time is trespassing.  CCTV is in constant use.

- There is no camping on Spike Island without prior permission being requested and granted.  No fires may be started anytime and it is a crime to do so.  Contact us to book a formal overnight stay.  

-  No dogs are allowed on the island at any time, to protect the island wildlife. 

We appreciate your help with delivering a safe and timely service for all the visitors to Cork harbour.




Licensed ferry operator landings:


Spike Island Development Company works with partner ferry operators to land passengers safely on the island, with the main route from Cobh decided by tender open to all applicants, to guarantee a level of service to visitors to the area.  During the course of this tender, which is due to expire in 2023, other operators may land paying passengers on the island if the visits are pre-arranged, meet certain terms and conditions, pay the appropriate fee and adhere to the terms and conditions.  Details of the terms and conditions and rates can be obtained by contacting us on and requesting our 'Commercial vessel landing' document.  

It is an offence to land paying passengers without following the steps outlined in this document, which are for the safety of all visitors.  Please contact us to confirm the required steps to ensure the safety of all visitors to Spike Island.