Clare Island sits at the mouth of Clew Bay, which is dotted with small islands –365 of them. Clare is the largest, and home to about 150 people who enjoy beautiful views of Connemara and Achill Island across the bay. The pirate queen, Granuaile, also known as Grace O’Malley, is buried here in a Cistercian Abbey that dates back to the 12th century. One of her 15th century towers still stands in the harbor. The Clare Island of today represents a haven for those looking for peaceful, untouched beaches and landscape. It can be reached by ferry from Roonagh Pier, near Louisburgh. The island is a perfect place for cycling, fishing and bird and wildlife observation.