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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. 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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  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. 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

  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. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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

  10. 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

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