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“Chleire Haven Campsite - Tipis”
Review of Cape Clear Island

Cape Clear Island
Ranked #4 of 12 things to do in Baltimore
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

I stayed in a Tipi for 2 nights at the end of August, our group was my husband & I, our three kids (aged 5, 3 & 10months), a 20 year old friend from NZ, and another couple with their 5 yr old & 2 yr old. We v.nearly had to cancel at the last minute as the rain was bucketing down but we had the car loaded, the ferry tickets purchased and the deposit paid so we set off saying if it was still lashing rain by the time we reached Baltimore we would turn back (to Cork city).
I am SO PLEASED we didn't!! We were able to unload all our equipment on the peer right were the ferry picks up its passengers - the ferry staff & other passengers helped us get loaded. The trip across takes about 45mins, there is no commentry on this one (apparently there is on the one from Schull FYI). Sally met us on the other site, and we and the 3/4 other familes headed for Chleire Haven were able to load our stuff into her van for transport to the campsite. The other familes had decided to head for pizzas, etc, in the little restaurant at the pier, but we had BBQ etc with us.
Its about a 10min walk up to the campsite - at this stage the evening had cleared to a pretty sunny evening... the tipis were clean and kitted out with a bean bag in each and a few extra cushions & blankets, brush & pan and for me the pre-requested travel cot and bedding for my small man - perfect & for no extra charge. Sally ran through the facilities, etc, all perfect. Toilets and showers v.clean. Campers kitchen with the basics of what you would need. A few extra frying pans and pots etc ....She also instructed us of a few things to do, such as go and feed the pigs nearby with our food left overs - big hit with the kids, less of a hit with their smell sensitive mothers :-)
It is hard to describe how beautiful this place is - we absolutely LOVED it. The view from the campsite of the south harbour - I could have sat and looked at it all day. The kids had an absolute ball, we all slept very well....the first night it rained alot during the night, the second night it was dry. The Saturday we were there started off wet, but we put on waterproofs and went for a walk anyway. By 12 noon it had cleared and we all ended up in shorts and teeshirts.

We went for lunch in the restauant down by the pier, really good fresh crab and homemade cakes, etc. Kids loved playing on the small little stretch of sand there.

We were surprised by the no of under 5s there (possibly due to a groupon deal a few months back?) - we had 5 under 5s but there were at least 3 other families with under 5s there. It was very quiet at night and in the early morning....

Seriously relaxing. If you like camping, you'll love this place.
Will defo be back!

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We took the boat out to Clear Island from Baltimore - the views were beautiful and we took a different route on the way back so we saw Sherkin from all sides. We took a walk on the island - v steep going up but the views were worth it - back across to the mainland and to Fastnet Rock. We had an ice cream from the goat farm and then had a fun muddy walk across the island to the other bay. It was a great day - the only disappointment was the lack of whales etc but never mind!

3  Thank Bonestone
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Reviewed August 22, 2012 via mobile

Everything , from the trip out, to the first walk around Ireland's southernmost community, is worth it.

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Reviewed August 7, 2012

Myself and my 3 children.. 18, 10 & 6 stayed in the tipi, for 3 days. fog for 2 of those days, but we made the most of it. The atmosphere in the local pub matched the Weather... damp! Only one of the pubs was open, and their food left alot to be desired. The curry was like curry flavoured water and the veg soup was unfinishable.. again tasteless, i really begrudged paying for this, a bit of background music would've been nice. Icompleted the 2 3+ jig saws on both nights. Bring brekkie because the shop on the pier doesnt open until 11am. The island may not have adopted the city way of life but they certainly have adopted their prices ! Also, avoid the chip wagon! otherwise, the island is one of the most beautiful places i have ever been. Iwill return,(and the 3 children all agreed they will return, even the 18yr old ), but i will be more prepared food wise and bring fruit, all i saw in the shop were bananas ... €1.40 for 2 !!

3  Thank Marie M
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

We spent five nights staying in a tipi at this wonderful campsite. Sally met us at the pier to bring our belongings to the campsite while we walked up. The tipi was very spacious and warm - plenty of room for two adults three kids and the dog! The campsite was lovely, great showers and toilet facilities. There's also a great area for washing dishes etc, a fridge and recycling facilities. One day the water was off all over the island and Sally and Dave immediately provided plenty of drinking water and buckets of water for the toilets so there was no disruption until the problem was fixed a few hours later. Everything is within walking distance and very safe for kids. We had a lovely relaxing holiday and will definitely be back

3  Thank Alwyn C
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