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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!

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Autumn/Winter Getaways

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

 

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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.

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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.

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Time to Plan a Summer Adventure.

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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.

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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 stay@goexplorehostel.ie.

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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 GrundyPhotography.ie.

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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 Mayo.ie for their support of this event.

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New Late Evening Ferry on Friday Evenings.

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Getting to Clare Island for the weekend will be much easier to achieve on a Friday evening this year.

For the months of June, July and August, Clare Island Ferry Company will be operating an additional ferry service at 7.45pm on Fridays. This means those travelling from across the country for a hen or stag party, a live music session, or any other of the many draws to the island will be under less time pressure to catch their boat.

Departing from Roonagh Pier, we look forward to greeting you on your arrival on Clare Island shortly after 8.00pm – in good time to catch a live music gig in the Sailor’s Bar.

Apart from a lively adventure with ourselves, there’s so much on offer on Clare Island over the summer months – festivals, equine, yoga and weaving worskhops, and live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Stay up to date on clareisland.info, or by signing up for our newsletter here.

Get the full Clare Island ferry schedule (and avail of the online booking discount) by clicking here.

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Early Bird discount for 2016 Adventure Race

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Clare Island Adventure Race 2016

Our 4th annual adventure race is set for Saturday, April 30th. And despite our already great value entry fees of just €45 (full race) ad €35 (spirit race), we’re also offering a 10% discount for Early Birds who register in the month of January.

So, if you’re determined to finally get fit this year, this is the time to commit – and save money!

With two options to choose from, our race will appeal to both experienced and novice adventure racers. And here on Clare Island, we’re always looking for the craic. So, we promise you a great day (and night) out, no matter the weather or your race result. We’ll have live music and rocking banter in the Sailor’s Bar on Friday and Saturday night so we suggest you consider checking into Go Explore Hostel and making a weekend out of it.

Get the full low down on this link.

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Happy Christmas from Clare Island Adventures.

 

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From all of us at Clare Island Adventures, we wish you a happy, safe and peaceful Christmas. Don’t forget to look us up in 2016 and come visit. We’d love to take you on an unforgettable adventure.

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Gay and Lesbian Singles Weekend

 

LGBT wkend3Once again, we’re inviting single people with an interest in the great outdoors to come and mingle on our shores, but this time it’s a gay and lesbian singles weekend.

Following the last weekend in June, we received some enquiries about whether the event was open to gay participants, or was strictly straight. While our policy to begin with was to make it open to all, we recognised that the general assumption was that it was geared towards straight people and the turn out on the last three weekends seemed to reflect that. So, to even things up – and create clarity for everyone who attends – we’ve decided, going forwards, to dedicate September to gay and June to straight.

So, if you’re gay, free and single, we’d love you to make the trip across the bay and join us for a weekend of adventure and craic.The dates for your calendar are September 25th to 27th.

Clare Island was once well known for a more traditional style of singles weekend – a highly successful match-making festival that ran twice a year for 15 years.  But our newer version – established in June of last year – has replaced match-making with adventure and has proven itself to be a popular format.

The weekend will appeal to those attracted to high (and medium) adrenalin-inducing outdoors activities.  The idea is to bring like-minded people together and put you through a programme of activities that necessitate interaction and co-operation.  After that, it’s up to yourselves – to connect with new buddies, BFF’s or possibly even soul mates.

Ensuing relationships are a bonus.  The weekend is primarily about getting out there and having the craic with other people in the same boat as you. With three weekends now under our belt now, we’re very pleased with the response so far.

Departing Roonagh Pier on Friday evening, the group will be kept busy with lively interactions over the weekend. The evenings on the island will be choca-bloc with delicious meals, music, banter and other craic in the Sailor’s Bar & Restaurant.

A beach challenge on Saturday morning will start the day with lots of laughs.  In the afternoon there’ll be a choice between coasteering (for the water babies), climbing & abseiling (for those with a head for heights) or hiking the stunning island that is famed for its magnificent views and its abundant flora and fauna.

You’ll be back on the mainland again by lunchtime on Sunday, allowing plenty of time to leisurely explore Louisburgh, Leenane or Westport and still be homeward bound by early evening.

Singles of all levels of experience (including none) are welcome for all activities.  There are some basic requirements (such as being comfortable swimming in the sea if you opt for coasteering), but the instructors will ensure a fun and safe day out for all, even complete beginners.  As long as you have a can-do spirit, you’ll be grand!

For full details, just click this link.