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Holy Island

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Scariff, Scarriff, Clare,
E: eastclareheritage@eircom.net

Holy Island, in Lough Derg in County Clare, is one of the most important 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.

Pilgrims from all over the world come to visit the monastic site on Holy Island (Inis Cealtra) in Lough Derg, County Clare.

There are a number of historical monuments of interest on the island, including a well-preserved round tower, the ruins of six churches, a holy well, and a bargaining stone where marriage vows are still renewed. The Island is chiefly associated with Saint Caiman, who died in 653 AD. During his time, Holy Island was a great centre of learning.

People from Clare are still laid to rest in the cemetery on Holy Island just off the shoreline at Lough Derg.

Boats depart from Mountshannon, one of Ireland's tidiest villages.