"A renovated Lighthouse on top of a cliff on a remote and wild Irish island"

Need to know

    • 6 rooms
    • A clifftop on Clare Island, Ireland
    • Homely escape to a stunning and absolutely unspoiled island. Perfect for relaxing, walking and disconnecting from your daily life

We love

  • Walking around the island enjoying the breathtaking views of cliffs, rocky mountains and wild vegetation
  • Tricia and Richard are the kindest people you could ever meet and they will contribute greatly in making your stay as enjoyable as possible
  • Tasteful 6-course homemade dinner prepared by Richard

Top Secret

The medieval Abbey which is less than an hour’s walk from the lighthouse is generally locked but you can ask for the key at the post office next door and they will lend it to you

Origins

This is the story of Goesta Fischer a German man who fell in love with the West of Ireland and is passionate about old buildings and their renovation. He bought the derelict lighthouse in 2008 and spent 4 years restoring it. His Irish business partner Roie Mc Cann saw in this a fantastic opportunity to create a one of a kind unique historic homely place to welcome guests and enjoy this incredible island. This is how the lighthouse experience was created as we know it today.

The Review

The delightful journey begins with a 20 minutes boat ride across the Atlantic Ocean, leading you to Clare Island. Whilst a fresh wind gently caresses your skin, you will be able to distinguish the lighthouse from the pier and enjoy the fantastic views on the Island. If you're lucky, you might be escorted by dolphins and seals along the way. 

Once you have reached the unspoiled island, you will be taken for a quick drive through the mountains to the top of the island where this magnificent 200-year-old lighthouse proudly stands. After a warm welcome by Tricia and her very friendly smile, you will have the privilege to meet her husband Richard who is the Lighthouse chef. Tricia and Richard are responsible for the day to day running of the Lighthouse. You will be invited to enjoy a pre-dinner drink with the other guests. It's a great opportunity to sit back and relax in comfortable sofas near an open turf fire and an opportunity get to know each other whilst soaking up the ambience and atmosphere.

As you genuinely start to feel at home, Tricia will come and explain the six-course dinner menu that’s on offer. The chef uses high quality and locally sourced ingredients, making the food a real highlight of the stay. Dinner is served on a beautiful Irish Georgian mahogany table in the dining room where all the guests dine together. 

After a quiet and peaceful night, you 'll be energized and ready to explore Clare Island’s rich heritage, landscape and history, either by foot or bike. With its 120-meters-high cliffs, its mountains with the remainder of the winter snows and surrounded by the azur blue yet agitated sea, you'll be looking at one of the most spectacular landscapes across Europe. The well-preserved medieval abbey which fits snugly into the wild nature of the island, is a perfect addition to those gorgeous views. The ancient 13th century fresco paintings on the abbey ceiling suggest the place is full of secrets waiting to be unveiled, as well as emphasizing the enigmatic beauty of Clare Island.
 

Location

Clare Island Lighthouse

  • Address: Clare Island in Clew Bay, off the coast of Co. Mayo on the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Travel info: Two hour drive from Knock Airport and then a 20 minute boat ride to the island

Key Features

  • No Children

  • Weddings

  • Free Wifi

  • Pet Friendly