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Clare Island

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Clare Island lies in the middle of the entrance to Clew Bay almost 3 miles north west of Roonah Head in Co. Mayo off the west coast of Ireland. Its north-west face is composed of dramatic cliffs rising from the sea to the summit of the island which has an elevation of 450 metres. Viewed from this quarter it presents the appearance of a somewhat tabular mountain, dipping away to the south-west, where it terminates in a bluff point with a ruined tower. To the north-east it descends in a rugged comb-like appearance to the disused light-house on the north point of the island. There are two sites of historical interest on the Island, a medieval abbey and Granuaile's castle beneath which are the visitors moorings.

Clare Island lies in the middle of the entrance to Clew Bay almost 3 miles north west of Roonah Head in Co. Mayo off the west coast of Ireland. Its north-west face is composed of dramatic cliffs rising from the sea to the summit of the island which has an elevation of 450 metres. Viewed from this quarter it presents the appearance of a somewhat tabular mountain, dipping away to the south-west, where it terminates in a bluff point with a ruined tower. To the north-east it descends in a rugged comb-like appearance to the disused light-house on the north point of the island. There are two sites of historical interest on the Island, a medieval abbey and Granuaile's castle beneath which are the visitors moorings.

The anchorage has good shelter from winds from south through west to north and access is straightforward at all states of the tide.



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