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Cape Clear Ferry, West Cork  - School and Youth Tours


Aerial Photo of Cape Clear IslandWe provide a range of tours and activities for people of all ages and interests coming to Cape Clear Island or exploring Roaringwater Bay.

We offer a range of options so that groups can create the package which best suits them. Of course, the possibilities are infinite so even if it's not specifically mentioned please ask and we shall endeavor to provide !

Our regular day trip consists of the boat trip, lunch and one activity lasting approximately one and a half hours and some free time to enjoy the island. Groups staying overnight can avail of additional activities at their convenience.

Meals - Siopa Beag Restaurant

These are provided by An Siopa Beag Restaurant to suit age and taste. Our school tours menu includes a range of main dishes accompanied by complimentary soft drinks. As the restaurant is open year round, teachers or leaders can avail of our "a la carte menu" and Vegetarian options are always available. For more visit An Siopa Beag

School Tour meals in An Siopa Beag, 
Oileán Chléire

Vegetarian options available on request


No of People Meal Primary 1st - 3rd Year 4th - 6th Year
Min 15 Spagetti Bolognese or
Pizza & Chips
€7.90 8.90 9.40
Min 15 Beef & Veg Stew/Poppys 8.90 9.40 9.90
Min 15 Chicken Curry & Rice 8.90 9.40 9.90

Booking deposit required to value of 30% of meals required

Visit Schull at no extra cost

We operate a reciprocal arrangement with Schull Ferry Service which allows groups embarking from either Baltimore or Schull to return via the other ferry instead. This facility can also be used to accommodate larger groups using both ferries.

Tours and Activities - Recommended for Day Trips

Guided walking tour to Cape Clear Heritage Centre and Goat Farm

Kayaking on Cape Clear IslandThis tour normally takes approximately 2 hours and we provide a local guide for every 25 students. This is a general interest tour, covering history, folklore and the natural environment in an age-appropriate manner. Our guides are competent in English and Irish and when requested we can also provide guided tours in German, French and Spanish. The tour includes a 30 min. visit to Cléire Goat where Ed Harper presents a short introduction to goats and goat farming. This is followed by a visit to the Island's well-appointed Heritage Centre where the displays are regularly updated.

5.50 per person, 20-25 per group

'Céilí beagï' in Club Cléire or in another venue of your choice

Available in Irish or English or both !

Suitable for young people

The session lasts approximately one and a half hours and is suitable for groups of 25-50 and includes the following:

A number of traditional Irish tunes

A demonstration of the basic céile dance steps and one or two dances.

One or two simple songs in Irish and English - the children will be taught how to sing a chorus in Irish.

120.00 per session.

Storytelling by the fireside with Chuck Kruger

Béarla amháin ( available in English only)

Renowned local author, broadcaster and founder of the Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival Chuck Kruger is available to tell stories to groups of 20-50 school children in the atmospheric Club. Duration One and a half hours, suitable for children of all ages.

60.00 Groups of 20-55

Tour of Roaringwater Bay

For groups with limited time available we offer a range of 2-hour cruises from Baltimore to a number of popular destinations including Lough Hyne, The Fastnet Rock and the Ten Island Cruise operated by Sherkin Island Ferry Service. A full commentary is provided on all our tours. This is an ideal option for groups wishing to visit other attractions in the area such as Lough Hyne, Skibbereen Heritage Centre, The Model Village. Full details available elsewhere on our website, see Twilight Tours

10.00 per person, Groups of 20-97.

Cléire Lasmuigh Island Adventure Sports

Cléire Lasmuigh offer a range of adventure activities including snorkelling, kayaking, power kiting, archery and team challenges. They provide a two hour package suitable for day groups or more extensive suitable for groups staying longer. Full details available elsewhere on site, see below.

Cost of activity for young people lasting 2 hours:

No. in group 6-15 

No. in group 16-35 

No. in group 35-50 

Other Options/Packages

Ionad Foghlama Chléire

Need to practise your Irish over a weekend. We offer intensive courses in one of the most beautiful places in Ireland to learn the language. Read here

Dolphin and whale watching

Gaisceannán Charter BoatLocal Vessel, Gaisceannán is suitable for whale and dolphin watching and can brings groups up to 30 miles offshore. She caters for a maximum of 12 passengers per trip and is particularly suitable for small groups of older students with specific interest in bird or sea watching.

Minke Whale near Cape Clear IslandThe Skipper has a broad interest in the natural environment but we can also provide experienced ornithologists or naturalists to accompany groups at sea or indeed on land-based walking tours. Trips normally last from 2-4 hours and are priced accordingly.

Cape Clear Island Hostel - Accommodation for Groups

Cape Clear Hostel Cape Clear Ferry
Cape Clear Island Holiday Hostel, South Harbour, Cape Clear Island provides atmospheric hostel style accommodation for individuals, families and groups, with a total of 42 beds available. The hostel is situated directly at the beautiful south harbour beach & hostel guests have use of fully equipped self catering kitchen, dining and sitting room area - with some games available for the odd rainy day! For further details please check out cape clear hostel .com or email Anne at

Cape Clear Goat Farm Cape Clear IslandMilking Time at the Goat Farm

Ed Harper hosts small groups of visitors who wish to observe and participate in the daily morning milking at the goat farm. This option is limited to groups of 10-12. Cost 2.50 p.p.

Fieldwork with Dr Geoff Oliver

Local ecologist and authority of Island wildlife Dr Geoff Oliver hosts half or full day sessions of field work on botany, seashore animals and plants and ornithology for students at transition year level or higher. Geoff also runs an annual approved ecology course for teachers on the island. See website for details.

110.00 half day 220.00 FULL DAY

Fieldwork Ornithology

A number of local ornithologists are also available for fieldwork, both shore-based or to accompany groups to sea, suitable for transition year and higher. Cost €110.00 half day €220.00 FULL DAY
110.00 half day 220.00 FULL DAY

Sea safari around Cape Clear Island
High Speed Sea Safari Experience

Our high speed rigid inflatable craft is a thrilling experience for young and old alike and an ideal way to see some of our outstanding sea views. This option is also available from Baltimore. Limited to groups of 12, minimum age limit 8 years, trips last 30 mins.

Walkers Guide to 
Cape Clear Island

Walkers Guide to Cape Clear IslandUpon receipt of booking deposit we forward a copy of this bilingual guide to the Island to assist teachers/leaders in preparation for their visit. This is also available for €5 plus postage and packing.





Cartoon History of Cape Clear Island

Cartoon History of Cape Clear islandWe publish a cartoon history of the Island which is designed to stimulate the interest of younger children. This can be seen on our website under Cartoon History and is available at €1.00 per copy. For the moment the published version in available in English only.


We require a standard booking of 
100.00 plus 30% pf the meals cost for all our tours payable by cheque or by credit card/electronic payment.

Cheques to 
Cailín Óir Tours, Cape Clear Island, Baltimore, Skibbereen, Co Cork..

email:   telephone: 028 41923