Things to do


Clare Island is without doubt, the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way. It is an amazing location for walking in the wilderness with the fresh salt air on your face. Its 4500 acres (five miles long by three miles wide) encompasses two hills, Knockmore at 450m and Knocknavean at 265m offering panoramic views around Clew Bay.

The island has rivers meandering through the hills with wild trout, secluded harbours offering pristine swimming platforms, westerly facing mega cliffs home to flocks of seasonal and native bird life, the cliffs also offer the perfect location to sit and watch passing marine life such as dolphins and whales. 

Local Walks

  • The Tower walk: mains roads, 7km each way. 
  • The Lighthouse walk: mains roads, 4km each way.
  • The Green Road Loop: Green road (grassy track) and main road, 8km circuit.
  • The Porteen Finish Loop walk: Off road, heritage trail.
  • Knockmore Mountain walk and climb :Off-road and some main road, 7km each way.
  • Knocknaveen Mountain walk: Off-road and main road, 6km loop walk.


Day Trips

For those longer-stay guests, Bay View House provides you with a perfect base from which to take day trips including a visit to: