We need your Vote for the Outsider Awards


If you haven’t had a chance to vote yet in the Outsider Awards, then NOW is the time to do so as voting closes at 6pm THIS EVENING.

We are thrilled to be nominated in two categories this year:

Best Outdoor Escape/Outdoor Provider

Best Outdoor/Adventure Event (for our Clare Island Adventure Race)

It means so much to even be nominated, but it would make our year to be a winner (again).

It’s five whole years since we picked up the Best Outdoor Escape award and it meant a great deal to us. Each year the competition gets tougher, so to be able to pick up a gong again, in either of these categories, would be a tremendous honour. But we need your help to do so!

It just takes seconds to vote. Click on both links above and scroll down to find us. Select and then hit Submit.

Thank you for all your support! We really appreciate it.


Adventure Race Early Bird.


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Happy New Year everyone!

How are you new year resolutions holding up so far? Is physical fitness on your list? If so, registering now for our adventure race would be a great motivator to get out there training.

And here’s a few more reasons to do it now:

Our Early Bird price is available until January 31st  – only €35 for the Spirit Race and €45 for the Full Race. Fee goes up to €45 and €55 respectively from February 1st.

Ours is a boutique race – we have only 120 spaces. So to be sure not to miss out, it’s best to register early.

Those in the know, who have competed in our race and many, many others for comparison, rank it highly. Don’t believe us? Independent Travel included it in the top 25 days out to put on your bucket list, and Outsider Magazine also featured it in this piece on the best adventure races in Ireland.

So, if adventure racing is on your agenda for 2018, check out all the details on this page and book your spot soon!



September Singles Weekend Ahoy!

Today we officially launch the September Singles Adventure Weekend.

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It is our firm belief that you don’t need guaranteed sunshine to have adventures – you just need friends who are up for the craic, the right clothing and (for beginners) top notch guides or instructors.

And that’s where we come in. Our singles weekend is light on cheesy matchmaking (we don’t do any of that, but we do ensure everyone gets to know each other early on) and heavy on fun in the great outdoors. Our aim is for you to expand your circle of single friends who are available and willing to share adventures.

So, if you’re interested in making new like-minded friends (and, you never know, maybe even meet the future love of your life), then our singles weekend is for you.

There is a mix of easy and challenging activities but, thanks to our superb instructors, no previous experience is needed. And we supply all necessary equipment, wetsuits etc.

Read all about it on this page

Spaces are limited and the event is growing in popularity all the time – so much so that the September event has been quietly booking itself throughout the summer, and we officially launch it more than half-full!

So if you’re interested don’t delay in getting in touch. 

Email us on bookings@clareislandadventures or call us on 087 3467713 for all enquiries.


5 Reasons to Visit Clare Island this Weekend.

School’s out for summer and the pressure is on to keep the kids busy for the next couple of months.

Well, on Clare Island we’re getting things off to a flying start this weekend. There’s so much to do for folks of all ages and various interests, starting on Friday with the Feile Ceoil and going right through to Sunday night with the Lighting of the Towers.

If you’re looking for something to do, here’s five reasons to come to Clare Island:

Luke’s Family Fun Day/Fundraiser for Barretstown: Saturday, July 1st.

A busy day of walks, climbs, beach games, a barbecue, plus an auction and raffle for those making a night of it too. This has been organised with the dual purpose of commemorating islander Patricia O’Grady’s son, while also raising funds for Barretstown, an organisation that was a great support to Luke and all the family. Learn more here.

Pier 2 Pier: Sunday, July 2nd.

This is another fundraising event, whereby participants will either swim or kayak the 3 miles from Roonagh to Clare Island to raise funds for the RNLI, Westport & Louisburgh Order of Malta and the Jack & Jill Foundation. Registration is now closed but supporters are very welcome to cheer on the brave swimmers and paddlers. They head out from Roonagh at 9am, so if you’re on a morning ferry crossing, keep an eye out for them and give them a loud cheer. Likewise if you’re on the island when they start to land!

Clare Island Regatta: Sunday, July 2nd.
Lots more family fun with races on and off the water and a festival atmosphere on the beach.

Lighting of the Towers: Sunday, July 2nd.
Join us at 11pm on Sunday night when we light the Napoleonic Tower in tandem with the lighting of the Achill Tower, just across the bay, and Erris Tower. Bring some refreshments and join in the sing-song – the atmospthere will be magical.

The Clare Island Féile Ceol: Friday, June 30th to Sunday, July 2nd.

Kicking off on Friday night and running through to Sunday afternoon, the weekend offers performances and workshops in music, song and dance.

If you need accommodation, the hostel still has vacancies for Friday and Sunday nights. Book your stay by emailing or calling 098 26307.

Also check out the ferry timetable here, and book online for discounted fares.


10 Reasons to Have a Family Getaway to Clare Island this Summer.

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With the schools about to break up for summer, we’re looking forward to lots of families visiting over the next couple of months.

If you’re undecided yet as to where to head off to with your crew, we’ve compiled a list of reasons to put Clare Island on your family getaway list for this summer. Whether it’s for a week, a couple of nights or just a day trip, Clare Island has so much to offer:

  1. We’re running Family Activity Days on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July and August. Learn more about that here.
  2. Go Explore Hostel have great value Family Rooms available Sundays to Thursdays.
  3. The Blue Flag beach – when the sun is shining, Costa del Clare Island is a divine spot to hang out in.
  4. The heritage sites and the beauty of the landscape offer plenty of enticement for hiking and biking.
  5. Clare Island Community Centre hosts Comhaltas sessions every Tuesday evening in July and August, offering plenty of ceol agus craic with the best of traditional Irish music, song, dance and storytelling.
  6. Sailor’s Bar is hosting Singer-Songwriter nights on Thursdays. Relax and enjoy quality, live music from local and national artists.
  7. The hostel common room provides the perfect space for evening family entertainment (or on rainy days). Looking out on stunning views, you can play board games, read or watch DVDs.
  8. The Community Centre also has a sports complex for rainy days.
  9. Festivals galore. From music to food, regattas to mythic summer schools, hardly a week will go by when there won’t be something of interest taking place. Get a round-up of upcoming festivals here.
  10. The people of the island – the only thing to say on that is come and visit, and find out for yourself!


Autumn/Winter Getaways

Planning an autumn or winter getaway for a group of outdoor-loving people?



The main season may have come to a close, but we’re never closed for adventure!

If you’re looking for an autumn or winter getaway, we offer packages all year round and even our hostel, normally closed to the public from October to April, is available for private group bookings.

This will particularly appeal to outdoor adventure clubs planning weekend breaks to brighten up their outlook over the coming months. But it will equally suit anyone planning a weekend away with friends or family.

And if not everyone in your group fancies an adventure, that’s ok too. They can hang out and enjoy the spectacular views from our common room, or read a book in front of the fire while the rest of you enjoy all of the natural beauty that Clare Island has to offer.

Packages including return ferry, bed & breakfast and evening meal start at just €77 per person.  The full details are outlined on this page.

Email us on bookings@clareislandadventures or call us on 087 3467713 for all enquiries.


Family Activity Afternoons.


For the next 4 weeks we’re running family activity afternoons on Clare Island’s blue flag beach.

They’ll be running on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting on July 19th and finishing on August 11th.

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Tuesdays will be archery and beach games. And Thursdays we’ll be snorkeling.

All sessions run from 2.30 – 4.30pm. Adults €20/Children €15

Advance booking is required – contact us on 087 3467713.

For day trips, check out the ferry timetable here.

For overnight family stays, learn why Go Explore Hostel makes a great family base.


Time to Plan a Summer Adventure.


The season is in full swing and there’s a great buzz on the island. There’s no better time to plan your summer adventure!

Anyone for coasteeringsnorkelling or rock-climbing?

This year the Clare Island Challenge is proving very popular with Hen and Stag parties, but also makes for a great day out for Corporate Team Building – or for any group outing.

And aside from adventure, there’s plenty other fun events taking place. Check out the busy calendar of festivals, as well as live music every Friday and Saturday night.

We’re also planning a new Adventure Fest for the August bank holiday weekend. We’ll be sharing details on that soon.

In the meantime, get in touch with us on bookings@clareislandadventures, or call us on 087 3467713 if you’re thinking about planning a summer adventure on our beautiful island.


Clare Island in June – it’s Looking Busy.

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There’s a lot happening on Clare Island in June.

We’re and all set for the bank holiday weekend, made all the better by the glorious weather. We’ll be hosting Westport Sailing Club’s 21st annual Round Clare Island Race, and we’re looking forward to a fun weekend with live music by The Uncurables tonight and The Con Artists on Saturday and Sunday night.

But that’s not all we have going on over the next few weeks. Here’s a brief roundup:

Clare Island BioBlitz, June 8th – 12th
Snás ar do Bhlás, June 10th – 12th
Teannas, Sailor’s Bar, June 10th

Bean & Irene, Sailor’s Bar, June 11th
Ice on Fire, Sailor’s Bar, June 17th & 18th
Western Alzheimers Charity Walk, June 25th
August Wells, Sailor’s Bar, June 25th
Little Big, Sailor’s Bar, July 1st
Declan O’Rourke, Bard Room, July 1st

We hope there’s something there to entice you over to the island. For the next three months we’ll also have an extra Friday evening ferry, to make it that bit easier to reach us for one of our free Friday gigs. Check out the timetable here, and book your stay by emailing


Adventure Race Round-up.

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Well done to all who took part in the adventure race on Saturday. We were thrilled with this year’s turn out and blessed with lovely weather. The winners times are posted below and the full list of times is available on this link.

We also have a selection of photos (all are copyright to Eric Grundy). You can view the full race gallery on

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Full Race – Top 3 Men Home


Peter Owens         01:39:38

Conor Heneghan  01:42:26

Mark Reed            01:47:20

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Full Race – Top 3 Women Home


Hilary Hughes       01:47:20

Deborah Meghen  01:56:35

Rozanne Bell        02:02:23

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Spirit Race – Top 3 Men Home


Isaac O’ Grady      00:56:47

Patrick Huges        01:01:20

Padraic McMahon  01:04:16

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Spirit Race – Top 3 Women Home


Pamela Hughes  00:59:01

Jenny Loughney 01:05:47

Aoife Hegarty      01:12:59

‘Mayo Day’ Prize


Rob Holloway – see him in action:

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Thank you to Portwest and for their support of this event.