On the Route
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 or a picnic.
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.