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On the Route


Clare Island

The largest island in Clew Bay, Clare Island is irrevocably interlinked with Granuaile or Grace O’Malley the Pirate Queen. One of her castles overlooks the pier where the ferry lands. There’s a safe sandy beach on the other side with crystal clear water; ideal for a dip. On your way in you will see the brilliant white Clare Island Lighthouse to the right (north) side of the island. It’s a lovely walk or bumpy cycle to the lighthouse which operates as a private hotel.

Clare Island has a selection of lovely walks, dramatic sea cliff scenery, a testing hill to climb and an amazing 12th century Cistercian Abbey with remarkable medieval wall and ceiling paintings. The Community Centre, Anchor Bar and Sailor’s Bar will cater for your thirst and your hunger with a smile. There is also a café at Macalla Farm called The Stone Barn.

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