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Explore Éire: This Tiny Island Off The Coast Of West Cork Needs To Be On Your Travel Bucket List

By Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

August 5, 2019 at 10:44pm

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Did you know there's a stunning little island just off the coast of Cork that's waiting to be discovered?

You guys know that I spend 70% of my life tracking down those hidden gems in Ireland that will bring a tear to your eye and be a serious conversation starter post-trip.

This one in particular ticks all of my boxes - it's unique, not jammers with tourists and has various options for activities.

Say hello to Cape Clear Island.

 

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Cape Clear is a Gaeltacht with a large amount of its population being Irish speakers - thumbs up from me already!

It's a similar vibe to the Aran islands being picturesque and untouched.

On the island, you'll find one pub (there was two but sadly one closed), a shop, a distillery, a clubhouse, a church and an Irish college.

It's the southernmost inhabited part of Ireland, which makes it the perfect escape from reality.

 

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It has some of the most crystal blue waters, making it a deadly spot for a swim. If you're mad for water, you can also go kayaking or sailing around the island. There's a boat trip that goes out to Fastnet Rock, 4 miles to the south of Cape Clear and 8 miles from mainland, where there's an old lighthouse.

Cape Clear is also home to a traditional yurt glamping site - ideal for a group of friends who want to have a weekend away with a difference.

If you're planning a trip soon, September is the best time to go as there is an annual Storytelling Festival. This involves traditional storytelling, ceilís, live music, sing-songs and of course, the best craic!

What a hidden gem!

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