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  1. Clare Island

    Clare Island, Mayo

    Clare Island was once home to the famous pirate Queen Grace O'Malley and is the largest and highest of Clew Bay's many islands, with dramatic coastal cliffs and spectacular views of one of Ireland's best known peaks, Croagh Patrick. Read more

  2. Aran Islands - Inishmaan - Inis Árainn

    Inishmore - Árainn, Galway

    Inis Mór is the largest and most developed of the Aran Islands that lie scattered off the Galway coast. It combines a vibrant history with excellent facilities and lively night life. Read more

  3. The Blasket Islands - Na Blascaodaí

    The Blasket Islands -Na Blascaodaí, Kerry

    Some 6 km beyond the most westerly tip of the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, large humps of sandstone with awesome cliffs rise from the Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by smaller rocks and reefs, these are the Blasket Islands, or Na Blascaodaí. Read more

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  4. Valentia Island

    Valentia Island, Kerry

    Traces of 350 million year old wildlife are found on Valentia Island, one of the largest islands off the South West coast of Kerry. Nowadays a plethora of living flora and fauna make this beautiful Island their home. Read more

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  5. Holy Island

    Scarriff, Clare

    Holy Island, in Lough Derg in County Clare, is one of the most famous monastic sites in Ireland. Its many attractions include a well preserved Round Tower, the ruins of six churches and a bargaining stone where marriage vows are still renewed. Read more

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  6. Arranmore Island (Arainn Mor)

    Arranmore -Árainn Mhór, Donegal

    Probably the most accessible of all the Gaeltacht Islands, Arainn Mor has a resident population of approximately 600. Read more

  7. Inch Island -Donegal

    Inch Island, Donegal

    Inch Island is a small island connected to the mainland, in Lough Swilly County Donegal. It is home to an important population of migratory birds and wintering waterfowl. Read more

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  8. Achill Island -Acaill

    Achill Island -Acaill, Mayo

    Windswept hills of blanket bog slope down to towering cliffs and pristine sandy shores. Achill Island, or Oilean Acaill, is Ireland largest offshore Island and can be reached by car from Mayo's Corraun Peninsula. Read more

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  9. Dursey Island

    Dursey Island, Cork

    Dursey Island is the most westerly of West Cork’s inhabited islands. It lies across a narrow sound that one crosses by boarding the only cable car in Ireland. Read more

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  10. The Aran Islands

    Aran Islands, Galway

    Set out in Galway Bay, the three rocky limestone outcrops that make up the Aran Islands, are a bastion of traditional language, culture and music, unique in their geology and archaeology and unrivalled in their potent sense of history. Read more

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