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 Cape Clear 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 Ciaráin.

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 people enjoying their island adventures 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, Cléire Goats or take a fishing trip or go on a boat ride to the Fastnet Rock.

Ní bheidh aon leadrán ort anseo! Is iomaí rud atá le déanamh. Siúlóidí áille ar na cosáin is na bóithre cunga, cama. Bain lán do shúil den áilleacht nádúrtha, na radharcra, an t-aer úr agus na héiníní.Tabhair cuairt ar na  'teampaill rialta'! Bíonn na tabhairní beo le daoine agus craic iontach iontu. Lig do scíth in aice na céibhe, féach na báidíní gleoite ag teacht is ag imeacht. Leim isteach san fharraige, cuimhnigh  is i lár an t-Atlantach a bheas tú, naoi muir-mhíle amach ón gcósta, uisce fuar ach fíorghlan. Seans gur ag snámh le deilfeanna nó le liamhán gréine a bheas tú! Is minic a bhíonn seó álainn de thine ghealáin sa chuan - síoga na mara ag damhsa! Caith seal ag iascaireacht nó ar thuras báid. Tabhair cuairt ar an gCarraig Aonair, Feirm na nGabhar agus an Musaem agus sean-seipeál Naomh Chiaráin a thug an chríostaíocht go hÉirinn roimh Phádraig. Caith seal ag faire ar na héin, tagann na sluaite éan neamhgnáthacha anseo go mór mhór san fhómhair (Meán Fómhair/ Deireadh Fómhair). Áilleacht, fiántas, compord, luach ar airgead- déan d'áirithint linne ag Cape Clear B and B/ Ard na Gaoithe. Is fiú an tairbhe an trioblóid!

 

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.

San fhómhair bíonn na áit beo le héininí neamhgnáthacha, bíonn na seacha dubh le smeara blasta. is san fhómhair a bhíonn an scéalaíocht sa treis anseo leis an bhféile scéalaíochta iontach a eagraítear gach aon bhliain ar an oileán nó ar-líne (toisc srianta covid). 

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