Getting to Clare Island, Co Mayo, Ireland
Clare Island is situated at the entrance of Clew Bay in County Mayo, north of Connemara.
To get to the island you must take a ferry. In summer, there are a number of ferry sailings from Roonagh Pier to Clare Island. The boat crossing takes about 25 minutes. In the winter, there are usually only two boats a day (morning and evening). We have two ferry providers:
Clare Island Ferry Co – (O’Grady’s)- Clare Island’s official subsidised service year round
For a timetable log onto www.clareislandferry.com
For queries contact: 00353 (98) 23737/ 00353 (86) 8515003 / 00353 (87) 9004115
O’Malley’s Ferries (Clare Island) Ltd
For a timetable log onto www.omalleyferries.com
For queries contact: 00353 (98) 25045/00353 (86) 6000204
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The nearest train station in Westport. For timetables please click on www.irishrail.ie. From there on, take a taxi or bus for the 14 miles to Roonagh Quay.
Public buses run to both Westport and Louisburgh. For timetables please click on www.buseireann.ie. You will then need to get a taxi or walk the remaining 4 miles from Louisburgh to Roonagh Pier.
During the summer Clare Island Ferry operate a direct bus service from Westport to Roonagh Pier. Click on www.clareislandferry.com for information. You must ring Brian on (086) 8515003 the evening before in order to book a seat on the bus. The bus operates on a need only basis.
Please click on the following links for taxis operating out of
For detailed directions click on the Google map on our home page.
If you are driving, from Westport take the coast road to Louisburgh (10 miles), drive straight through Louisburgh and about a quarter of a mile after the village, take a right turn to Roonagh (the road is clearly signposted for Roonagh Pier and Clare Island.) It is a further 4 miles to the pier.
From Galway an alternative (and more scenic) route is to take the Clifden road to Maam Cross and turn right at Maam Cross to Leenane. From Leenane (and anywhere in Connemara) take the Westport road, and about 2 miles out of Leenare, take a left turn towards Louisburgh (be careful not the miss the turn, it’s the first left outside Leenane). It is a very beautiful drive along the shores of Killary harbour, up the Delphy valley and the Doo Lough pass. Turn right at the cross road when you arrive at Louisburhgh (away from the village, signposted Roonagh Quay), and about a quarter of a mile after the cross road, just after the “Nomadic display” factory, take a right turn to Roonagh (the road is clearly signposted for Roonagh Pier and Clare Island). It is a further 4 miles to the pier. If going that way, allow two hours from Galway.
If you wish to rent a bike in Westport Town and cycle to Roonagh Harbour contact www.clewbayoutdoors.ie