What To See

Once on Clare Island, there is so much to see– the island’s rich history, geological and biological landscape can be explored on foot, bike or by mini bus.


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    The Church of the Sacred Heart The Church of the Sacred Heart

    The Church of the Sacred Heart

The Church of the Sacred Heart

The Church on Clare Island, built almost in the centre of the Island in the village of Kill is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was erected between 1860 and 1862 by the […]

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    Flora & Fauna Flora & Fauna

    Flora & Fauna

Flora & Fauna

Clare Island, lying three miles off the coast of Mayo, is one of the most studied islands in Europe. It’s dramatic cliffs and inland landscapes provide natural habitats to a rich and varied flora and […]

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    The Lighthouse The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

Clare Island stands guard at the entrance to Clew Bay, off Ireland’s western Atlantic coast. For almost two centuries, the island’s Lighthouse has been a nautical landmark perched high on the craggy […]

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    The Sea Cliffs The Sea Cliffs

    The Sea Cliffs

The Sea Cliffs

The sea cliffs of the northern coastline are some of the most spectacular in Europe. The cliffs host a wide variety of rare birds and vegetation. Please note that cliff edges are dangerous and care […]

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    The Beach The Beach

    The Beach

The Beach

Clare Island’s Blue flag Beach (the Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label award) is located next to the harbour. The beach boats plenty of wildlife and includes a volley ball net and picnic area.

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    The Abbey The Abbey

    The Abbey

The Abbey

The medieval church from the 12th century (rebuilt around 1460), known as the Abbey, is unique in Ireland because of the extent of its surviving medieval wall paintings. Only four other such […]

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    The Napoleonic Tower The Napoleonic Tower

    The Napoleonic Tower

The Napoleonic Tower

The Napoleonic signal tower, situated at the western point of Clare Island was built in 1804 in response to the impending threat of a Napoleonic invasion during the Napoleonic Wars (18 May […]

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    Archaeological Sites Archaeological Sites

    Archaeological Sites

Archaeological Sites

Clare Island was occupied long before the O’Malleys, which becomes evidenced by the 53 mysterious Bronze Age mounds. Four of these “fulachtaí fia” four have been excavated. Unearthed from the mounds were […]

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    The Castle The Castle

    The Castle

The Castle

Clare Island was the stronghold of the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley (Granuaile), a historical figure in 16th century Irish history. Biographies of her have been written by the historian Anne Chambers. On […]