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Explore Cape Clear Island from Baltimore in a 6-Hour Self-guided Tour

06 Hours

Available all year around from Baltimore. Min 2 Max 90.

Highlights
  • Cape Clear Island & experience this Gaeltacht island’s culture & lifestyle
  • Enjoy a ferry ride through the beautiful waters of Roaring Water Bay
Description

Join this tour from either Schull or Baltimore with a crossing on the ferry through the beautiful waters of Roaring Water Bay. Feel the fresh sea air against your face on this spectacular journey through some of Carbery’s Hundred Isles, some of which are habited. Visit Cape Clear Island & experience this Gaeltacht island’s culture & life of old. Add a guided walk, music session, afternoon tea or kayaking. Cape Clear or Cléire is the largest of these Islands and is known as the Queen of Carbery’s hundred Isles and lies 6 miles from the mainland in West Cork along the Wild Atlantic Way. Cape Clear is Ireland’s most southerly island, it has a population of 130 people and is one of the few Gaeltacht speaking (Irish speaking) Islands in Ireland.

Itinerary
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    • Join this tour from either Schull or Baltimore with a crossing on the ferry through the beautiful waters of Roaring Water Bay. Feel the fresh sea air against your face on this spectacular journey through some of Carbery’s Hundred Isles, some of which are habited.
    • Cape Clear or Cléire is the largest of these Islands and is known as the Queen of Carbery’s hundred Isles and lies 6 miles from the mainland in West Cork along the Wild Atlantic Way. Cape Clear is Ireland’s most southerly island, it has a population of 130 people and is one of the few Gaeltacht speaking (Irish speaking) Islands in Ireland. 
    • As we meander our way to Cape Clear witness some spectacular scenery and marine wildlife along the way. Our experienced crew are always scanning these prime waters for whales and dolphins as a glimpse of these magnificent creatures is what dreams are made of!
    • Arrive in the wonderful north harbour on Cape Clear Island, where a shuttle bus service is provided from the harbour to Cape Clear heritage centre, where you can explore the history of both the Island and the interactive Fastnet Display about the Fastnet Rock itself.
    • People have been coming to Cape Clear Island for over 5000 years. This wild and romantic Island offers visitors an insight into a way of life that has long since disappeared from most of Ireland. The island offers the visitor superb marked walking trails, kayaking adventures, a goat farm, a heritage centre, Ireland’s only manned bird observatory, electric buses and is the gateway to the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse, which stands 159 feet high in the Atlantic Ocean.
    • On the way back to the harbour we stop along the way to visit the memorial on the Island to the 1979 Fastnet yacht race disaster. During the disaster, 15 yachtsmen and 3 rescuers died in the deadliest storm in the history of modern sailing, which swept its way through the fleet on the 615-mile dash from England to Ireland and back again. On 13–14 August 1979, of the 306 yachts taking part, 5 were sunk, 100 suffered knockdowns and 77 rolled at least once due to high winds and "mountainous seas". 
    • Then spend some free time exploring this wonderful island where you can see the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse in the distance from one of the spectacular lookout points on the walking trails, or enjoy some fresh Island produce during lunch at one of the island’s bars and restaurants. 

    Optional extras at an additional cost include:

    1. A guided walk & talk with an islander (Approx. 2 hours) Max 20 people. 
      • After a scenic ferry transfer to the Island, your local guide will bring you on a walk where you can gain insights into island stories and enjoy spectacular Island scenery. Visit the Goat farm and hear its owner Ed Harper, perform one of his renowned ballads. The walk can be replaced by the Island’s Electric Buses for those less mobile. 
    2. A traditional Irish music session (Approx. 2 hours) Max 50 people. 
      • Meet local musicians for a traditional music session in Club Cléire. Learn a song ‘as Gaeilge’ (in Irish) or dance and discover the hidden talents of your friends as everyone joins in.
    3. Traditional afternoon tea at a local B&B
      • Meet with Tríona, island B&B owner and sit down for a beautiful afternoon showcasing what the Island has to offer from homemade scones, sandwiches, cakes, pastries, macaroons and mini desserts, all baked by Tríona, complimented by a traditional cup of tea and of course the spoken Irish language. 
    4. A kayaking session (Approx. 2 hours) Max 15 people
      • Experience the sheltered South Harbour to explore its inlets, caves and sea arch in a family-friendly sheltered bay. Our passengers get a real treat as we offer different inward and outward ferry routes. This gives amazing views of the high cliffs and rugged landscape on the harsh Atlantic side of the islands compared to gently sloping hills that touch the water on the opposite side. 
What's Excluded
  • Food & drinks
  • Tip or gratuity
What to bring
  • Appropriate rain and windproof gear and warm, layered clothes as weather is changeable and the temperature is always cooler at sea. 
  • If the weather is good, bring suncream, sunglasses and a hat
Know before you go
  • What happens if my ticket is cancelled due to bad weather?
    • A full refund is offered or rebooking to a different date.
  • Departure times from Baltimore are 10.30am & 2pm returning at 12 noon, 4pm & 6pm. 
  • Departure times from Schull are 11.30 am and returning at 4 pm. 
  • For groups of 30 or more, we can arrange private departures to the Island at a time that suits. 
  • Passengers can start their journey in Baltimore and finish in Schull. So Baltimore-Cape-Schull or Schull-Cape-Baltimore. 
  • Toilet facilities on board. 
  • Upper deck and indoor heated seating on board. 
  • Please note a minimum number of 15 people is required for this tour to proceed.
  • This activity is weather dependent, and the Skipper has the final say on the day.
Language

English

Activity Level

Easy

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