For generations the majestic and isolated Fastnet Rock has fired the imaginations of onlookers. Named by the Vikings, Fastnet in Old Norse Hvasstann-ey means “sharp-tooth isle” while its Irish name Carraig Aonair means “solitary or lone rock”. Both versions allude to the respect and awe inspired by this iconic landmark. For others, the Fastnet is known as Ireland’s Teardrop, the last part of Ireland seen by thousands of Irish emigrants going to the New World.
Fastnet Rock Tour
The new Fastnet Rock Tour based on Cape Clear Island is a day trip that brings visitors first, to the new Fastnet Exhibition and multimedia display on Cape Clear, will allow time to see the various Fastnet Rock Memorials and to view the Rock from the Island and later to circumnavigate the Fastnet to view it from all sides at close quarters. There will also be time to explore a little of the famous Island where there are restaurants and other services available.
Whales and Dolphins
The tour involves three different boat trips through prime whale and dolphin watching waters. A good eye is kept for cetaceans and sharks en route and if spotted Skippers will provide the best views possible.
To ensure maximum comfort and safety the tour operates only during fine weather and our website www.fastnettour.com only takes bookings 48 or 72 hours in advance. Visitors may also enquire on the main Cape Clear Island Ferry ( The Orange Boat).
Cape Clear Island.