Scattery Island

Scattery Island Centre

Contact Details


Co. Clare

Tel. No: +353 (87) 995 8427


Ferry Service to Island

Opening Hours


Site is to open from Thursday 2 July - 31 August, This may extend into weekends in September, all queries in relation to this to be sent to

Last Admission 45 mins. before closing

For full details in relation to the ferry service to Scattery Island, please visit

Average Length of Visit: 1 - 2 hours.

For out of season arrangements and school tours please contact

Visitors to Scattery Island are asked to help avoid the spread of RHD, Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease, on Scattery Island.  RHD is not dangerous to humans but can prove fatal to rabbits and hares.  Anybody who plans to visit the island should be aware that footbaths placed at various locations are to be used for the disinfection of footwear and should be used by everyone both on landing and leaving the island.  Visitors are reminded to wear suitable footwear for disinfecting.  Your co-operation is very much appreciated.



Admission Fees




Restaurant/Tearooms: None




Re-opening of Scattery Island with the provision of the ferry service from Friday 3rd July.

Located approximately one mile off Kilrush, Scattery Island is home to a monastic settlement founded in the early 6th century by St. Senan who was born locally.

There are the ruins of six churches and one of the highest Round Towers in Ireland, 120 feet high, with it's unusual feature of it's door at ground level.  Scattery has had many invasions down through the centuries; the Vikings invaded during the early 9th century but Brian Boru later recaptured the island.  It is believed that Scattery is a derivation of the Norse word for treasure, which is Scatty.

The main church on the island is Teampall Naomh Mhuire (Cathedral of Saint Mary), situated next to the round tower.  Scattery for a time in the 12th century administered to a diocese.  There is an effigy of a bishop's head on the outside of the east window of the Cathedral believed to be that of St. Senan.  The holy well, called Tobar Sinean, beside the round tower was of great reverence and respect by the islanders.  It was also associated with a pattern held on St. Senan's Feast Day on 8th March.  St. Senan is believed to have died in the year 544 and is reputed to be buried in St. Senan's Bed beside Temple Senan a small 12th Century Romanesque church.

An exhibition of the history of the island is housed in the visitor reception building, which is situated near the pier.

Location: 2.5km boat trip from Kilrush Marina -

Bus Route(s): Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 (1) 836 6111 (for travel to Kilrush)

Guided Tours: Yes

Leaflet/Guide book: English

Seasonal Events: Please check in advance using contact details listed above

Photography / Video allowed: Yes, but permit required for commercial purposes

Additional Information: Please note that access to the island is dependent on tidal/weather conditions