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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. Inishturk Island

    Inishturk Island, Mayo

    Inishturk Island rises boldly from the wild North Atlantic, off the County Mayo Coast, in wall like cliffs to the north west and steep hills to the north on which stands the ruins of the old signal tower 220m above sea level. Read more

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  3. 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

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  4. 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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  5. 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

  6. 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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  7. Inish Beg Island

    Baltimore, Cork

    Inish Beg is a beautiful West Cork island, just a few kilometers from the thriving market town of Skibbereen and the idyllic little port of Baltimore with its sailing, fishing and diving centres. Read more

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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