About Cape Clear Island

Cape Clear Island is the jewel...

...of Roaring Water Bay. Situated nine miles off the south west coast is the most south westerly inhabited island in Ireland served by ferries from Baltimore. The island might described as an area of open sky where you can enjoy spectacular sunsets and night time stargazing. In spring time you will see a large variety of wild flowers decorating the landscape with yellows and pinks in bright clear sunshine and fresh winds to blow the cobwebs of winter from your brain! The 5th March sees the traditional morning mass in the grotto in honour of the island’s patron saint; Saint Chiaráin.

May to August sees the return of hot weather and gentle breezes. A profusion of whales, dolphins and basking sharks meander around the island. The island is a-buzz with young people learning Irish in two Irish colleges, and the village is full of people enjoying a meal with a glorious view! Pubs are often alive with music and songs. You can see the Fastnet Race whizzing by, enjoy the craic during family fun week, take part in the local 5k fun run, go fishing for mackerel off the rocks, enjoy an hour or two canoeing or snorkelling around the harbour, explore the island on the spectacular looped walks, visit the museum, the heritage farm, take a fishing trip or go on a boat ride to the Fastnet Rock.

When the hedgerows are full...

...of tasty blackberries and herrings and mackerel are to be caught. Long evenings with the sun low in the sky creates covers the landscape in burnished golden light. The weather is perfect for walking, and bird watching in south easterly wind. Migratory birds often end up on Cape some sightings are really rare and are often a first for Ireland. Autumn is also storytelling time when storytellers from all corners of the globe congregate on cape to share their stories and music with revellers.

Winter is for storm watching when waves batter the island, spray from waves creates a mist and you can feel the power of the elements around you, take amazing shots of the Atlantic at it’s best and get away from the crazy commercialism in the run up to Christmas.

Long evenings with the sun low in the sky covers the landscape in burnished golden light.