Cape Clear Island is an beautiful Island off the coast of West Cork, Ireland. During the Summer regular ferries ply from the villages Baltimore and Schull. Cape Clear is home
to 130 permanent residents and is a Gaeltacht area, i.e. a place where the Irish Language is still spoken. West Cork is one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland and Cape Clear Island is especially blessed as it is known as 'The Queen of Carbery’s Hundred Isles' and from which there are stunning views of the surrounding islands, coastal and seascapes.
This is a naturalists paradise, great dolphin and whale watching waters and Cape Clear Island is also a major ornithological center with a manned bird observatory. Much of the land and sea areas are conservation areas
and there is a resident and large population of porpoises. Also abundant or frequently seen are common and harbor dolphins, minke whales, fin whales, basking sharks, seals and sun fish. Many other species of cetaceans have been spotted locally.
For Birdwatchers Cape Clear Island lies close to some of the largest migratory routes around Western Europe and also sees many interesting rarities blow in by seasonal storms, mostly in the Autumn. These are often North American Birds but can also include species from Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.
There is an increasing range of accommodation on Cape Clear Island to suit all tastes and pockets. This includes a youth hostel, Cape Clear Island Hostel
campsite, Cape Clear Island Campsite
guesthouses and a range of self catering accommodation in various parts of the Island. There are also a range of interesting bird watching, ecological and Irish Language courses which take place at various times from April to October. The Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival takes on the first weekend of September every year. Cape Clear Storytelling Festival