Myself and my husband escaped the madness of a hectic life and headed for Clare Island. It was a good distance from Cork but once we arrived we were glad we had made the effort.
I can only describe the lighthouse as a sanctuary where our hosts made us feel completely at ease and nothing was a problem. The view from our room was a 180 degree of Achill Island and it was spectacular. We could lie in our bed and not even lift our heads from the pillow and admire the view.
During our stay we were fortunate enough to have bad weather and relished the wind and rain lashing against the lighthouse while we snuggled up and got royally pampered!!
Dining with the other guest was actually a really enjoyable experience and we met interesting people from all walks of life. The food and wine was
delicious and there was no rush to wrap up the evening.
I had forgotten how beautiful this part of the world was as we walked to the local pub. The locals were extremely friendly and gave is a great insight of life on the island.
My only disappointment was (it's a mall one) that the open fire in our room wasn't in working order, we were looking forward to that.
However, overall this was a five star experience and something I can tick off my bucket list!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clare Island stands guard at the entrance to Clew Bay, off Ireland’s western Atlantic coast. For almost two centuries, the island’s lighthouse has been a nautical landmark perched high on the craggy cliffs, watching over Achill, Westport and beyond. Once a safe haven for sailors, this heritage property now offers accommodation and sanctuary of a different kind. Room rate includes bed, breakfast and 6 course dinner. ... more less