World Famous Clew Bay
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Clew Bay, sheltered bay on the west (Atlantic) coast of County Mayo, Ireland, approximately 10 miles (16km) from East to West and 7 miles (11 km) from North to South. The bay is bounded by mountains—Croagh Patrick (2,510 ft. / 795m) on the South and the Nephin Beg Range on the North. It’s located within a drumlin landscape, formed from glacial sediment deposited at the end of the last Ice Age.
John Lennon's Island
The most famous of Clew Bay’s Islands must be John Lennon’s Island ( Dorinish ). Lennon bought the island for £1,700 , and planned to spend his retirement there. Spanning 19 acres, Lennon received planning permission to build a house on the island, but never did. Sid Rawle, also known as ‘King of the Hippies’ and 30 others lived on the island until 1972 when a dropped oil lamp destroyed their tents.
The bay has 365 islands, one for every day of the year; 117 of them are Ireland’s best example of drumlins of limestone, which come up in all shapes: ovals, lozenges, snakes, dragons, arrowheads or long-legged beasties. Clare Island, the biggest island, guards the entrance of the bay.
Inishgort Lighthouse sits at the mouth of Westport Bay with its lighthouse a warning to ships to avoid this rocky shore. The tower upon which the light is mounted was originally built in 1806.