Irish islands named among best in the world, beating Bali and Santorini

Surrounded by approximately 80 islands, the Emerald Isle is the perfect destination for an island escape.

A group of Irish islands have been named among the best in the world. They even ranked above popular destinations such as Bali and Santorini.

With gradually easing restrictions and staycations on the cards for many this summer, an island break just off the coast of Ireland sounds like a great idea.

So, if you’re looking to explore somewhere new, read on to discover the Irish islands named among the best in the world.

Ireland’s island paradise – the perfect coastal escape

The Aran Islands are the perfect coastal escape.
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Online travel website Big 7 Travel compiled a list of ‘The 50 Best Islands In The World’. In doing so, they gave us some well-needed inspiration for when we can travel again.

Featuring top destinations like the Philippines, Croatia, and the Caribbean, reading through the list kindled our wanderlust.

But it was islands just off the west coast of Ireland that really caught our attention.

The perfect Irish holiday – a new way to see the west of Ireland

Remote Irish islands have been ranked among the best in the world.
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Ranked at number 15 on the list is the remote Aran Islands, just off the coast of County Galway.

Big 7 Travel named the Irish islands among the best in the world. They even ranked them above top destinations like Santorini, Bali, and Ibiza.

Revealing the list, Big 7 Travel wrote, “These three remote islands off Ireland’s west coast are like stepping back into time with a rural charm and stunning scenery that will take your breath away.”

So, do you want to get a true feel for rural Irish life and make the most of the stunning scenery that the Emerald Isle is renowned for? Then a trip to the Aran Islands could be for you. You can even easily explore the Aran islands and Cliffs of Moher in a day!

Lots to see and do – immerse yourself in nature

There is lots to see and do on the Aran Islands.
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Made up of three remote islands, Inis Mór, Inis Meáin, and Inis Oírr, there are many great things to see and do on the Aran Islands.

The Irish islands, which have been named among the best in the world, are world-renowned. Known for their wild landscapes, rural cottages, and famous knitted jumpers, the Aran Islands are a true gem to discover.

Highlights include historical sights like Dún Aonghasa and incredible natural attractions like The Wormhole, which is one of the best hidden gems in County Galway. The islands also offer stunning sandy stretches like Kilmurvey Beach and great places for a pint, including Joe Watty’s Pub.

Explore by bike – the best way to see the islands

Take a cycle around the Irish islands that have been ranked among the best in the world.
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Naming the Irish islands among the best in the world, Big 7 Travel highlighted some of the must-visits.

“Visitors can either walk around them or cycle the pretty roads that are lined with hand-built brick walls.

“Hear Gaeilge being spoken, enjoy fresh seafood and the simple things in life. The sheer cliffs looking out into the Atlantic Ocean and the famous local hospitality make these a must-visit for anybody who loves Ireland.”

Take a dive in the Wormhole.
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So, are you looking to get lost in rural Ireland this summer? Then you need to add the Aran Islands to your bucket list.

If you’re travelling further afield and are curious to discover more about the world’s most stunning islands, you can find the full list here.

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