Cape clear hostel, Cape Clear, West Cork, Ireland
Cape Clear Hostel (The Old Coastguard Station) is stunningly situated in the South Harbour next to the beach. All of the bedrooms have great views of the harbour and the sweeping, majestic Atlantic Ocean beyond it.
If you are feeling energised you can try kayaking or perhaps take a swim in the South Harbour. The author, Matt Bondurant, has great admiration for the South Harbour, in a recent interview this is what he had to say about it: '...the South Harbour of Cape Clear Island is very close to an ideal ocean swimming spot. I might like the water a few degrees warmer, but not much. Once you start doing cold water swimming it sort of gets into your system and you crave it.
We aim to ensure you have a great night's sleep and awaken to the sound of lapping waves shifting pebbles on the beach. If you choose the right dates your stay might coincide with the annual arrival of that gentle giant the Basking Shark, they often spend quite a few days coming and going and can actually be seen from within all of the bedrooms (usually around April or May).
Cape Clear is Ireland's southernmost inhabited island. It is three miles long by a mile wide, and lies an eight mile ferry ride off the coast of Southwest Cork. The ferry trip to Cape Clear from Baltimore throughout the year, and Schull during the summer, is often as good as a mini cruise with a chance of seeing Seals and sometimes Whales, Dolphins & Porpoises on the trip.
The South Harbour is the tranquil heart of Cape Clear and is an ideal base for those who hanker after peace & quiet and nature in the raw but, if you prefer a bit of hustle & bustle, then the first of three pubs is just a five minutes walk away. Five minutes further on and you arrive in the North Harbour with its grocery shop, café & restaurant, tourist information centre, sandy beach and swimming for younger children - and two more pubs.
Every year the seas around Cape are visited in large numbers by Minke Whales, Finback Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, Basking Sharks & the odd Sun Fish. From time to time we are even lucky enough to see that most iconic of all whales the Humpback.
Scheduled & chartered whale & dolphin watching trips are available - pre-booking is recommended.
Whale & Dolphin Trips: Sea watching trips happen daily during the summer and can be pre-arranged for the autumn and winter. Nic Slocom (the whale-watching man) calls in to Cape daily on his whale-watching boat Voyager.