June 2011

Cape Clear is a lovely island located off the West Cork coast. However, is is not plentiful in accessible swimming spots.

On a walk around the island the only place we could find for a dip is in the harbour where the small ferries and other boats come in. When the tide is low this is a scruffy, unappealing location. Thankfully, when the tide is in the seaweed and grimy sand is covered up and it is altogether more attractive.

Access to the water is from a grassy area on the far side of the harbour to where the small ferries dock. There are stone steps into the water and good depth. We can’t vouch for the water’s cleanliness but it is certainly refreshing after a walk around what is a very attractive island. Beside the harbour is a cafe and craft shop which adds to its appeal


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Boats to the island go regularly from the town of Baltimore, which is accessed on the R595 from Skibbereen.

Ordnance Survey Map No. 88

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