TOP 10: Islands off the coast of Ireland

Ireland is a beautiful island located in the North Atlantic. It is the third biggest island in Europe but there are many amazing islands just off the coast of Ireland that few know about. This article will explore the 10 best islands youprobably haven’t heard of.

10. Great Blasket Island

Blasket Island

The Blasket Islands lie three miles beyond the most westerly tip of the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. The largest of the islands, Great Blasket, was abandoned in 1953 when the last twenty two inhabitants moved to the mainland after suffering from famine and emigration. Despite dwindling into non-existence, no other island community of comparable size played such a significant role in the development of Irish literature, producing world renowned writers, such as Peig Sayers, who documented island life in the Irish language and whose work has been translated into many languages. Great Blasket remains uninhabited but the island is open to visitors – catch the ferry from Ventry Harbour. Travellers and visitors can explore this historical island by travelling through the hilly tracks and grassy paths. Get to experience and see the seals that made the Great Blasket their home.

9. The Clare Island

Credit: www.wildlifeweekend.ie
Credit: www.wildlifeweekend.ie

The Clare Island is located in Clew Bay, Mayo. The spectacular cliffs that are located here are a home to the many various nesting birds (seabirds). The hills and the woodlands and even the bogs make the island an ideal type for walking and hiking activities. One of the highlights of this island is the peak of the mountain of the Knockmore.  Meeting with the pirate queen “Grace O’Malley” that is buried on the grounds of the castle is also an excellent experience. The island also has its adventure, equestrian and yoga centres. The island is also known for its nightlife, regular summer festivals and lively music at night.

8. Spike Island

Spike Island
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Spike Island can be easily accessed by riding on a ferry from the Cobh. The island has its own fortress, monastery and prison. Thus, this lets you experience the most out of a travel for you to experience the nice and beautiful views.

7. Inishmore

Inishmore_cliffs_at_Dun_Aengus

This island is the largest of the Aran Islands. And, this has become the extension of milestone rocks of Burren. Orchids can be seen in between the limestone pavements. Inishmore is home to Dún Aonghasa  which is the most famous of several prehistoric forts on the Aran Islands, lying at the edge of a 100 metre high cliff. This popular tourist attraction is an important archaeological site that also offers a spectacular view.

6. Bere Island

Credit: bereislandheritage.com
Credit: bereislandheritage.com

This island is voted for being the tidiest island all over Ireland for 5 years. Positioned at the entrance of the Bantry Bay, it can also be accessed by riding on a ferry from the Castketownbere. The Bere Island is rich in archeological sites dating from the Bronze Age to the Medieval Period. These also include the wedge tombs, the burial sites, the ring forts and the standing stones. Visitors may also likely experience the military barracks and the Martello towers.

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  • Vera Fabry

    There is one very beautifull island that’s always forgotten: Inis Meáin. Very quiet and authentic with 4 good b&b’s and a great pub.

  • AoifeNi

    Who wrote this?!