Cape Clear Hostel

It has been said that Cape Clear Island, an eight mile cruise off the coast of West Cork, has the best climate in Ireland. What is certainly true is that it is exceptionally beautiful.

The hostel is stunningly situated in the South Harbour of Cape Clear and within a few steps of the pebble beach and the sweeping Atlantic Ocean.

The view from all of the rooms is breathtaking. Awaken in the morning, after a great night’s sleep, to the sound of the lapping waves, with the freshest of air to breathe and, if you are very lucky, your stay might coincide with the annual arrival of that gentle giant, the basking shark, the biggest fish in the sea.

Every year, at varying times, the seas around Cape are visited by Minke Whales, Finback Whales, Humpback Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, Sun Fish, Seals & Basking Sharks. Scheduled and chartered Whale & Dolphin-watching trips are available for guests too!

Cape Clear Is Ireland’s southernmost inhabited island; it is three miles long by a mile wide (5km x 1.5km).  The South Harbour is the tranquil heart of the island and is an ideal base for those hankering after nature in the raw, but if you prefer a bit of hustle & bustle then the first of three pubs is just a five minutes walk away. A little further on and you arrive in the North Harbour, the lively centre of Cape, with its local shop, café, restaurant, tourist information centre, pubs, and sandy beach at low tide.

If you are looking for a wonderful and truly unique Irish experience, make sure to pay Cape Clear Hostel a visit.

Opening Dates & Times

OPENING DATES: Easter – 30th September each year – Open All Day – Pre-booking recommended


CHECK- IN: One hour after the arrival of each ferry (Later arrivals are accepted with prior arrangement).


Address: The Old Coast Guard Station, South Harbour, Cape Clear Island, County Cork


  • The Cape Clear Ferry sails from Baltimore 364 days of the year and from Schull in the summer. The ferry trip takes around 45 minutes. The island bus meets the official ferry and will bring you to the hostel.


  • Library with Display Cases and an Open Fire
  • Games Room with Table-Tennis and Board Games
  • Self Catering Kitchen
  • BBQ
  • Snorkelling and Swimming
  • Dining and Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Ride-On Kayak – Pre-Booking Required

For bookings and queries,

Phone: (01) 830 4555


Contact the hostel directly at (0)28 41968