Cape Clear Island is an Irish island located southwest of County Cork. With a population of only about 100 people, the island is located in the Gaeltacht region, where the population speaks mainly Irish Gaelic. The area is absolutely beautiful, 100% wild and has views bordering on the grandiose!
Cape Clear Island was hard hit by the ravages of the Great Irish Famine (1845-1848). At that time, the local population was severely affected, and could not survive despite their daily fishing efforts. This episode will decimate more than half of the population of the island, while another part of the inhabitants will resolve to leave the island to join the continent…
Nowadays, the population living on the island is about a hundred inhabitants. They live mainly from fishing and tourism. All this in conditions that are certainly not as harsh as they were at the time.
Cape Clear Island is a rather nice attraction to discover, if you like island territories and hidden treasures. For it must be said that the area has many archaeological sites that you can discover on foot.
All of them are located in a grandiose setting, and the view of the surrounding landscapes will deserve all your attention.
Also, among the must-see places on the island, don’t miss :
a Celtic Cross dating from the Iron Age located on Croha West
the ruined church of Baile Iarthach from 1693 in Ballyieragh
the O’Driscoll Castle, a ruined castle…
a prehistoric burial mound on Comilane
as well as several ringforts and promontories in Lissamona and Knockannamurnagh
The island is really cut out for adventure and travelers. The island has restaurants and accommodation on site. Perfect to live at the rhythm of the region, and don’t rush!