Cape Clear

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Ireland's most southerly inhabited island lies eight miles off the coast of Co. Cork. It is three miles long by one mile wide and dotted with ancient church ruins and Celtic stones. Divided by an isthmus, Cape Clear is connected year-round by ferry from its North Harbour to Baltimore, West Cork.

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 summer trips to the Fastnet Rock and Lighthouse provide even the most steadfast escapee with plenty to do.

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. To navigate your way, see the Cape Clear Ferry listing by clicking here.


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