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  1. 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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  2. 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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  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. 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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  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. Aran Islands - Inishmaan - Inis Meáin

    Inishmaan -Inis Meáin, Galway

    Usually the quietest and least visited of the Aran Islands, Inishmaan is truly an escape from the modern world, a place where beauty, tradition and culture combine in a rugged windswept landscape. Read more

  7. Eagle Island (Oileán san Tuaidh)

    Belmullet, Mayo

    Eagle Island is a small island lying off the Mullet Peninsual on the north west coast of Mayo. The island is uninhabited and is best known for its two lighthouses. There is no ferry access to the island. Read more

  8. Tory Island - Toraigh

    Tory Island - Toraigh, Donegal

    Lying 12km off north Donegal, Tory Island or Toraigh, the most remote of Ireland’s inhabited islands, is a timeless place ruled by its own elected king where people still talk of 'travelling to Ireland'. 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. 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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