Cailín Óir

Cape Clear Ferry and Cruise Service from Baltimore and Schull, West Cork, Ireland

Cape Clear Island is off the coast of West Cork and is the nearest inhabited area to the famous Fastnet Rock Light House. It is a romantic and beautiful place, rugged but enormously welcoming, an ancient patchwork landscape surrounded by shimmering seas. It is three and a half miles long by one and a half miles wide and has a permanent population of 130 which increases significantly during the summer months. It is a Gaeltacht, where Irish is still spoken.

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Cape Clear Island has a long and exciting maritime history with many Bronze Age monuments scattered throughout its landscape.

It enjoys a mild climate, a lively social scene, especially during the Summer and hosts a range of activities to suit all tastes.

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Cape Clear Irish Colleges and Services

The Island has two Irish Language Summer Schools, a range of restaurants and pubs, and a range of accommodation including a youth hostel, yurt village, campsite and various guesthouses. There is also a choice of holiday homes.

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Popular attractions include a well-appointed heritage Centre, with an Interactive Fastnet Lighthouse Display, a goat farm which sells a range of goats’ milk products including ice cream and cheese and some celebrated looped walks.

cape clear ferry4Ornithology and Whale/Dolphin Watching

Cape Clear is well known to seafarers of all kinds.

West Cork is well known for sailing and its two harbours attract visiting yachtsmen, the many wrecks around its coast bring divers and its rugged coastline and surrounding islands makes for fantastic sea kayaking.

Sea and rock angling is popular and more recently eco cruises bring visitors to view the various whales, dolphins and other cetaceans, sharks, sunfish, seals and even leather turtles which are regularly seen in the surrounding seas.

Late summer brings extensive sea bird migrations, sometimes up to 30,000 birds passing per hour and the autumn can mean rarities and migrants blow in from various parts of the globe.


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Traditional Music and Lively Social Scene

Cape Clear Island has a lively social and traditional music scene, particularly during the Summer months when the local musicians are joined by visitors, a place where jazz and jam meets trad.

Cape Clear Island welcomes all visitors from those who come for a few hours to those who stay a lifetime. Cailín Óir Ferry, the funkiest ferry in West Cork can bring you to our beautiful island.

Please use our web site to discover more about Cape Clear Island and about the many activities and attractions available.


Cailín Óir Cape Clear Ferry & Cruise Service
Cape Clear Island
West Cork
Telephone: 028-39159/41923

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