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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

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  2. 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

  3. Spike Island

    Cobh, Cork

    Spike Island, nestled in Cork's natural harbour, off Cobh, has a dark and fascinating past. Uncover the stories of her inhabitants from Monks to Military and convicts to idolised rebels. Access to the island by boat. Open May-Sept. Read more

  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. 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. Inishfree Island - Inis Fraoigh

    Inishfree -Inis Fraoigh, Donegal

    Inishfree (or Inis Fraoigh)is a unique Island of only 640 acres of sandy beaches and breathtaking scenery. There is an air of peaceful tranquillity on this tiny Island that has attracted people to its shores for generations. Read more

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  7. Eagle Island (Oileán san Tuaidh)

    Belmullet, Mayo

    Eagle Island is a small island lying off the Mullet Peninsula on the north west coast of Mayo. The island is uninhabited and is best known for its two lighthouses. 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. 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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  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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