Cape Clear Ferries runs services to Cape Clear from both Baltimore and Schull in West Cork.
A range of accommodation options are available to travellers who may prefer to base themselves in West Cork rather than the island itself.
The historic village and maritime port of Baltimore (or Dún na Séad in Irish) lies around 100km (60 miles) west of Cork City and one of the last stops on the Wild Atlantic Way. Its natural harbour is a busy spot for charter and pleasure boats as well as fishing boats and Cape Clear Ferries, with our passenger ferry Dún an Óir II servicing the route year-around with capacity for 94 passengers.
The oldest part of Baltimore village features a castle and rows of fishermen’s cottages while the bars and restaurants are gathered in the centre with views over the sea and local islands.
In Baltimore, a number of guesthouses offer bed and breakfast at reasonable rates, including the Channel View, Rathmore House, and Stone House.
Casey’s of Baltimore is a family-run business since 1975. Casey’s of Baltimore includes hotel, lodge, and cottage accommodation as well as a bar and restaurant.
Rolfs Country House & Restaurant run by the Haffner family provides beautiful bedrooms, holiday cottages and an award-winning á la carte Restaurant and Wine bar.
The Waterfront Hotel is a boutique, family-run three star hotel situated right on the square in Baltimore with 12 rooms, a restaurant and a bar.
Schull might be small but this beautiful little village is very lively. Nestling between the foothills of Mount Gabriel and Schull Harbour, this idyllic place is a perfect spot for water and other sports including tennis, walking and cycling. It also has a planetarium, a weekly country market and lots of top-class restaurants.
Schull is serviced during high seasons by Cape Clear Ferries’ Dún an Óir II with a capacity for 94 passengers.
In Schull, holidaymakers have a large choice of both self-catering and B&B options, including Schull Harbour Hotel and Leisure Centre which offers boutique luxury overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Goleen, just outside Schull, the Heron’s Cove restaurant and guesthouse, a hostelry right on the water, and Atlantic Apartments, which is a self-catering solution for smaller groups of three or four which also offers a seaside view, barbecue facilities, tennis courts and free parking.
Also in Schull, The Bunratty Inn, The Townhouse O D’s, Hackett’s Bar, Newman’s West, The Moorings Schull offer something for everyone.
Other great places to stay in West Cork include the family-run Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery and the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen.