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Cape Clear Island
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Introducing Cape Clear Island

With its lonely inlets, pebbly beaches, and gorse- and heather-covered cliffs, Cape Clear Island (Oileán Chléire) is an escapist's heaven – albeit one that is only 5km long and just over 1.5km wide at its broadest point. But that's just as well, as you'll want time to appreciate this small, rugged Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) area, the southernmost inhabited island in the country.

Facilities are few, but there are a couple of B&Bs, one shop and three pubs.