Ireland Guide

- ireland -

Graphics Version | 

Clare Island Lighthouse

Stay

Guesthouse

5 euro Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Address:
Clare Island Lighthouse
Clare Island Co Mayo
website Contact Clare Island Lighthouse
Dislike Like
100%
2 votes
Tel: +353 87 983 7662

Please mention ireland-guide.com when enquiring.

If an island stay is the ultimate escape, a stay in a lighthouse at the northern tip of a mountainous island four miles off the rugged west coast of Ireland should fulfil the dream very nicely. Especially when the island was once home to the pirate queen, Gráinne O'Malley
  • Boat Trips
  • Fishing (Sea Angling nearby)
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Walking - Hillwalking (recommended routes or guides available)
  • Breaks - Short
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Dogs - good walking nearby (offlead)
  • Location - Beach <1km
  • Location - By the sea
  • Location - On an island
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Remote
  • Location - Scenic
  • Location - Waterside
  • Pet Friendly
  • Private Parties
  • Romantic Venue

Clare Island Lighthouse

For many people holidaying in Ireland, an island stay is the ultimate escape - so a stay in a clifftop lighthouse at the northern tip of a mountainous island four miles off the rugged west coast should fulfil the dream very nicely. Especially when the island was once home to the pirate queen, Gráinne O'Malley.


Romantic history aside, Clare Island Lighthouse now makes an unusual and atmospheric place to stay on the largest island in Clew Bay, which is a unique destination for artists, walkers and nature lovers.


The only lighthouse in Ireland to have two towers (both of which are in use), this wonderful, historic property dates back to 1806 and has been in private ownership since being decommissioned in 1965. The current owner, Hamburg native Goesta Fischer, bought the property in 2008 and, together with local business partner and interior designer Rosie McCann, renovated it to a high standard and opened for guests in 2013.


The main living area is in the former lighthouse keeper's home, where the kitchen, drawing room and dining room/library provide communal space for dining and socialising, as would have been the case when the lighthouse was manned.


The style throughout is spare and arty, with original flagstones, bare wooden floors and a lot of white; traditional bright red paint and original artwork provide some visual warmth, while underfloor heating, open fires and stoves ensure that all areas are kept cosy.


The six guest rooms are all very different, ranging from the Banshee Cottage (the only option if a double is unsuitable), to the largest room, The Sauna Suite, in a converted outhouse. Perched on the edge of a sheer cliff with spectacular views are from every window, the Banshee Cottage has granite floors, white walls, a wood burning stove and easy chairs in the sitting room; in the bedroom a very high bunk bed allows for a view and there’s an immaculate ensuite shower room.


Other rooms include one especially romantically located in the tower, and the Jackie O’Grady room, named after the last lighthouse keeper, who still has a holiday home on the island and whose lovely book “The Green Road to the Lighthouse” is available to guests. No television but rooms have Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations, along with hair dryers and tea and coffee making facilities.


Guests are met on the pier by the house host to be transported to the lighthouse, stopping for some wonderful views of mountain and sea on the way. The drive is on a tarred road for the first part and then a sand road brings you to the white stark building with its cylindrical masonry Lantern Tower and five white cottages with their red doors and black roofs.


After being welcomed and shown to their rooms, guests meet at 7pm for a Prosecco reception before dinner is announced with gong is at 7.30pm. All are seated at one large table, with traditional Irish background music.


The house hosts (an enthusiastic and warmly hospitable young couple, Rory McCabe and Cora Keating, in the 2013 season), cook and serve a simple, seasonal meal, reflecting the produce of the region. The Guide enjoyed a perfectly seasoned beetroot soup; poached Clare Island Salmon on a bed of courgette and broccoli with a perfect hollandaise; a delicious goat’s cheese salad with greens from a local farmer; a perfect pannacotta; cheese board with Milleens and Cashel Blue and crackers; coffee in the drawing room...just lovely.


Next morning brings a very good hot breakfast (although fruits, juices and cereals may disappoint), but comings and goings can mean that the breakfast chef has to juggle things a little too much for comfort, as he also drives departing guests to the ferry in the jeep.


This is a special experience and it is probably best to stay for two nights if possible. While the attractions are obvious, downsides to bear in mind include the fact that there are no twin rooms (all beds are double and they are not zip and link), and that the success of communal dining depends on a harmonious combination of guests.


The hosts are also central to the operation, and they are contracted annually.

Rooms 6. DB&B €165-225pps, ss€50, depending on the room. Closed Mon & Tue. Dogs permitted by arrangement; not suitable for young children. Visa, Mastercard, Paypal or cheque abbreviations
Last Updated: 09-04-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

Might also like

Renvyle House Hotel - Connemara

Renvyle, Co. Galway
Hotel / Restaurant
Distance: 21.9km
Renvyle House Hotel, Renvyle, County Galway, Ireland
93%
14 votes
3 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade

In one of the country’s most appealingly remote and beautiful areas, this famous Lutyens-esque house has a romantic and fascinating history, having been home to people as diverse as a Gaelic chieftain and Oliver St John Gogarty - and it became one of Ireland’ ...

Gray's Guest House

Achill Dugort, Co. Mayo
Guesthouse
Distance: 22.3km
Grays Guesthouse - Achill Island County Mayo Ireland
83%
6 votes
1 euro Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade

A legendary guesthouse in the attractive village of Dugort where the qualities of peace, quiet and gentle hospitality have been bringing guests - especially artists and writers - here for the last hundred years. It is an unusual establishment, occupying a series of hous ...

The Dolphin Hotel & Restaurant

Inishbofin, Co. Galway
Hotel / Restaurant
Distance: 25.2km
The Dolphin Hotel and Restaurant, Inishbofin, County Galway
100%
3 votes
2 euro Serious About Seafood

Having run The Dolphin Restaurant here since 2000 there was delight all round when brother and sister, Pat and Cathy Coyne, developed as a small hotel in 2006. Set in landscaped grounds, it has proved a wonderful addition to this beautiful unspoilt island of Inishbofin: ...

Delphi Lodge

Leenane, Co. Galway
Country House
Distance: 25.2km
Delphi Lodge - Leenane County Galway
100%
4 votes
4 euro Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade

One of Ireland’s most famous sporting lodges, Delphi Lodge was built in the early 19th-century by the Marquis of Sligo, and is magnificently located in an unspoilt valley, surrounded by the region’s highest mountains (with the high rainfall so dear to fisherf ...

Rosleague Manor Hotel - Connemara

Letterfrack, Co. Galway
Country House
Distance: 28.6km
Rosleague Manor Hotel - Letterfrack County Galway Ireland
100%
6 votes
2 euro Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade

This lovely, graciously proportioned, pink-washed Regency house looks out over a tidal inlet through gardens planted with rare shrubs and plants. Although the area also offers plenty of energetic pursuits, there is a deep sense of peace at Rosleague and it’s hard ...

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
LightHouse Front Exteriour9.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg
Achill Room1 (1).jpg
Minimize map Minimize map

Map markers

You are here
Distance
  • 10km
  • 25km
  • 50km

Directions

About four miles (6.5 km) off the south coast of Mayo, at the entrance to Clew Bay; daily ferry service from Roonagh pier near Louisburg on the mainland takes about 20 minutes. Clare Island Lighthouse is then 3.75 miles /6 km from the harbour, at the northern tip of the island.

Trip Planning Tools

My Ireland Guide

Local Recommendations

Hospitality

  • By Distance
  • By Category

Self Catering

Farmers Markets

Tourist Attractions

Golf Courses

Gardens

Nearby Towns/Areas

Comments

There are currently no comments

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment
Not a member? Register for your free membership now!
Or leave a comment by logging in with:

Facebook & Twitter Recent Activity

Apps and Books