Though English is widely spoken, over one hundred inhabitants keep the Irish Gaelic language alive. And the population swells in summer with the arrival of students keen to perfect their Gaelic prowess.
Due to its southerly location, the island is a twitchers' paradise, with guillemots, cormorants and storm petrels viewable from the Bird Observatory. And a myriad of marine life, including basking sharks, dolphins, seals and whales, inhabit its surrounding waters.
A small selection of B&Bs, self-catering, hostel and camping options allow for overnight visits, while three pubs, a shop, Heritage Centre and sailings to Fastnet Rock and Lighthouse (weather-dependent) provide even the most steadfast escapee with some misanthropic respite.
But it is the island's unspoilt charm and rugged landscape that lures visitors in search of an easier life or romantic Irish get-away like no other.
Cape Clear Ferry Service offers year round sailings to the island on two ferries, the Cailin Óir (Golden Girl) and Dún Aengus (Fort of Aengus). Package Trips are also available and include local guides and speakers specialising in ornithology, local history and natural history. For the more adventurous, island hopping is also an option.