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  1. 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

  2. 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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  3. Inishbofin Island -Galway

    Inishbofin, Galway

    For over 6000 years Inishbofin Island, 11km of the Galway coast, has been favoured by fishermen, farmers, exiled monks and fugitive pirates; and more recently is home to some of the best traditional Irish music and craic you are likely to find. Read more

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  4. Turbet Island

    Belturbet, Cavan

    Turbet Island motte and bailey is scenically situatated on the River Erne in Belturbet, County Cavan. The site has walking trails and information panels for visitors. Read more

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  5. 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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  6. Scattery Island

    Kilrush, Clare

    Scattery Island, off the Coast of County Clare, has had a long and turbulent history since St Senan founded his austere monastery here in the 6th century. Read more

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  7. Whiddy Island

    Whiddy Island, Cork

    The wildlife haven of Whiddy Island lies in beautiful Bantry Bay, just a short ferry crossing from Bantry Town making it a perfect spot for day trip. Read more

  8. 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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  9. The Skellig Islands - Na Scealga

    The Skellig Islands -Na Scealga, Kerry

    Off the Kerry coast out of the Atlantic Ocean jut three sandstone rocks. These spectacularly awesome Skellig Islands are world renowned for their ornithological and archaeological significance, acknowledged by their World Heritage status. Read more

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  10. Cape Clear Island - Oileán Chléire

    Cape Clear Island, Cork

    The Gaeltacht island of Chléire, or Cape Clear, is Ireland’s southernmost island and is a paradise of solitude and inspiration. West of the Island stands the iconic Fastnet rock and to the northwest stretches the Mizen Head. Read more

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