Clare Island, County Mayo, has been likened to a great sleeping whale guarding the entrance to Clew Bay. Its dramatic contour dominates much of the south Mayo coastline as it overlooks beautiful Clew Bay and its 365 miniature islands.
Clare is a hillwalkers haven, a birdwatchers
paradise, a divers nirvana. It is also a natural monument to Irish history
- its myriad of archaeological artefacts unfolds the story of ancient
history, its lazy-bedded landscape is a testament to the treachery of
the 19th century
Nowadays a vibrant community of 150 celebrate their unique past and embrace modern living in perfect balance.
Situated beside the harbour and in the shadow
of pirate queen Grace O'Malley's 15th century castle, Granuaile House
overlooks the island's main beach. With its golden sands and clean waters
the sand-duned beach is ideal