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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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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 dinner.
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AMBROWN180 wrote a review 2 May
Dublin, Ireland5 contributions4 helpful votes
Had the best time here. We stayed 2 nights and from the moment we arrived we were treated superbly. Nothing was too much trouble. They could not do enough and were just exceptional. The food ! Omg is was amazing. Thanks Anne you are a highly accomplished chef. The whole experience was something so different and unique we will definitely be planning a return. Ann Marie,Philip, Denise & Paul & our 3 doggies 👏
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Declan wrote a review Mar 2022
Dublin, Ireland16 contributions5 helpful votes
I have a long fascination with lighthouses probably due to years scuba diving all around Ireland, at places like the hook, johns point etc. My first visit to Clare island was in 1984. My most memorable dive on that trip was on Deace's just rock under the lighthouse. At that time it was disused and I think still in the ownership of Irish lights. I have visited Clare Island on a number of occasions and always walked up to the lighthouse. Just recently my wife and I stayed at the lighthouse, a rare and wonderful treat. We loved every moment of it. The serenity and peace of this place is epic. The accommodation is warm and comfortable and spotlessly clean. The owner has skillfully managed to retain the character of this historic lighthouse and still make it homely.Anne's food was delicious and very welcome after a bracing walk along the cliffs. A thoroughly enjoyable stay, lovely friendly staff that make it feel more like visiting friends than staying at a boutique hotel. Clare Island and its people never disappoint and the visit to the Lighthouse didn't either.Loved it! 
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: We chose the view over Deace's rockand Achill
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Response from Roie McCann, Other at Clare Island Lighthouse
Responded 21 Mar 2022
Thank you ! and very happy your love of Clare Island has endured and delighted you got to experience Deace’s rock from another less watery perspective. Dont leave it so long the next time ……
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Geraldine C wrote a review Mar 2022
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Just arrived home after spending an amazing weekend at Clare Island lighthouse. Our bedroom was just so cosy with specular views of the sea. It has everything the website advertises and more. Big welcoming fires blazing in the grates. The food cooked by chef Anne was so tasty and satisfying. Martina Caitríona and Rosie were at our beck and call to ensure our needs were met. The entertainment was great craic. All in all it was such a wonderful experience and well worth it. Would highly recommend a visit.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Roie McCann, Other at Clare Island Lighthouse
Responded 20 Mar 2022
Many thanks Geraldine. Really happy you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciate taking the time to review.
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T P wrote a review Dec 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Don’t go here. This costs 1500 euro for 2 night. Included is breakfast and dinner and a bottle of wine both nights. Please note all other drink you need to pay for, with a sizeable mark-up. Entertainment is pretty much non existent unless you want to have a chat with the host’s friend who might try and sell you some ridiculously priced blankets. There is no luxury here. I know someone will respond and say that they don’t promise luxury but for 1500 for 2 night I would at least expect luxury, or at least a cosy room and working facilities etc. What exactly am I paying 1500 for? The owners passion project? That’s not how you should charge One is afraid to complain because from the moment you arrive they talk about “island life” and the limitations it brings. That may be true, but then don’t charge 1500 euro for 2 nights then. Honestly I feel totally violated at being taken for such a fool. Obviously the people giving this 5 stars have money to burn, or else are so ashamed to having been taken for this amount of money that they have convinced themselves they had a good time. The food is quite good in fairness If this was 750euro it would still think a bit steep. This has totally disillusioned me with the hospitality in Ireland. And I was always a big believer in staycations and the like. By the way. Nobody stays in the actual lighthouse. The lighthouse is actually just full of old junk.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Roie McCann, Other at Clare Island Lighthouse
Responded 5 Jan 2022
I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy your stay. Clearly the lighthouse experience was not for you and you had completely different expectations. As I dont know who you are I cannot reply to you privately. I must say I’m completely flummoxed and taken aback by your comments and we hadn’t the slightest inkling of a guest leaving unhappy.
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Caroline W wrote a review Nov 2021
co clare2 contributions1 helpful vote
We’ve just arrived home after a weekend break at Clare Island Lighthouse, and it didn’t disappoint! I wanted the wild sea, cold air, bracing walks, quietness coupled with a comfortable bed, hot shower, warm fire and really good food, the wine was a treat too. Roie is an excellent host and made us feel welcome, together with Catriona and Martina they looked after us extremely well, like family. Ann’s cooking is honest and satisfying and full of flavour. I liked the quirkiness of the place, our 2 night stay was like a weeks holiday, so relaxing and unpretentious. Can’t wait to go back !
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Roie McCann, Other at Clare Island Lighthouse
Responded 30 Nov 2021
Delighted you enjoyed your “Stormy” weekend, especially after the bumpy arrival. Looking forward to your return visit. All the very best in the meantime.
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M O wrote a review Nov 2021
Westport, Ireland6 contributions2 helpful votes
Stayed at the Lighthouse for the first Storm Watching Weekend of the season. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. The views from the accommodation are stunning while the guest accommodation is spacious, clean and really comfortable. The meals are all carefully thought out and beautifully presented with an emphasis on local produce. The wine list is also really good. Will definitely be going back. Michael
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Roie McCann, Other at Clare Island Lighthouse
Responded 4 Nov 2021
Thank you so much Michael, It was our pleasure to host you.
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Gerry K wrote a review Oct 2021
8 contributions1 helpful vote
Roie, Ann, Catriona and Martina delivered a great experience. The guests were a wonderful group of people from all over the country. The welcome we received was really genuine. The food was excellent at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our room (Tower Room) was a very unique environment and captured a very special atmosphere. Without doubt this was the most enjoyable weekend we have had the pleasure to enjoy. Thanks ladies, you made this happen. Will definitely do this again if we are lucky enough to get a booking. Gerry and Linda.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Roie McCann, Other at Clare Island Lighthouse
Responded 31 Oct 2021
Thank you Gerry & Linda for your great humour and great company.
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M & K McGuire wrote a review Oct 2021
Claremorris, Ireland11 contributions4 helpful votes
We've just spent the weekend storm watching from the Lighthouse on Clare Island and what a wonderful weekend it was. From the very outset of boarding the ferry at Roonagh Pier to our departure the weekend was excellently arranged. Roie and her band of merry women, Cathriona, Martina and chef Ann were there to cater for our every need. The room with its cosy fire and spectacular views was just lovely, we stayed at Cliff corner. Roie organised a bracing walk to Beth Moran a local weaver for a demonstration on weaving which was followed by a fabulous lunch served in the kitchen, the hub of the Lighthouse. Our food was all freshly prepared and very tasty. In an effort to minimise waste you are asked prior to going if you have special dietary requirements and indeed are catered for accordingly, the only downside to this is you don't have a choice in your menu. Visiting the Lighthouse is like being home from home well worth a return visit. Marion Walsh McGuire
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Roie McCann, Other at Clare Island Lighthouse
Responded 27 Oct 2021
Thank you so much Marion. Delighted you enjoyed your stormy weekend and really enjoyed your company.
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mary o wrote a review Oct 2021
3 contributions2 helpful votes
We spend two wonderful days at Clare Lighthouse,from beginning to end it was amazing.Cathriona was so welcoming(we missed meeting Rosie)Anna,Martina,Emi make a wonderful team.Room was fantastic (Achill)with stunning views.Pre dinner drinks was great to meet other guests(we all clicked).Food fantastic.We were so lucky with weather ,vIews and walks were brilliant. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Room Tip: Achill Room Fantastic
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Response from Roie McCann, Other at Clare Island Lighthouse
Responded 12 Oct 2021
Thank you so much and delighted you enjoyed the lighthouse so much. I’m really sorry I missed you ! all the very best. Roie
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Mary H wrote a review Aug 2021
Dublin, Ireland40 contributions12 helpful votes
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We have spent the last few days on Clare Island Lighthouse. From the moment we stepped off the ferry our holiday began. Roie was waiting to take us to the Lighthouse. The island scenery on the way up to the Lighthouse has numerous shades and colours of vegetation. Roie showed us various areas of interest on the island. The team of Roie, Anne, Martina, Emi and Caitriona went out of they way to make us feel welcome in this haven of tranquility. We met the other residents for pre dinner drinks in the drawing room. It was a great opportunity to get to know the other people on holidays. The layout meant COVID restrictions were well managed throughout our stay. The food was exceptional. Roie made sure we all got the opportunity to see the spectacular sunsets each night. The lighthouse was built in 1806. The view from the top of the lighthouse is spectacular. We stayed in the Achill View Room. Our view every morning was of Achill Island and the changing sea surrounding it. We would highly recommend Clare Island Lighthouse as a place to stay. It is an experience of a lifetime.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Take a tour of the island with Humphrey. He took us to the Abbey and went through the long...
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Response from Roie McCann, Other at Clare Island Lighthouse
Responded 27 Aug 2021
Ah Mary, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a long and heartfelt review. You certainly did get the best from your staycation given the exceptional weather. We all thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us too ! Thank you !
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Frequently Asked Questions about Clare Island Lighthouse
Which popular attractions are close to Clare Island Lighthouse?
Nearby attractions include The Abbey (3.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Clare Island Lighthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Clare Island Lighthouse?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Does Clare Island Lighthouse have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.