Along our beautiful rugged coastline, we have multiple islands some uninhabited but mainly you will meet the islanders who keep the cultures and tradition alive.
You can go around the whole coast of Ireland and visit different Islands here are our top picks:
Blasket Islands – Renowned for its storytellers, the Blasket Islands are located off the Dingle Peninsula. Sadly, the Blasket Island community declined as a result of the persistent emigration of its young people, until eventually the Island was abandoned in 1953 when only 22 inhabitants remained. You can visit the Blasket Centre and celebrate the story of the Islanders or you can take a boat trip out to the Island and see the remains of a once inhabited island and also see the famous Puffins that reside on the Island.
Garnish Island – Beautifully located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Co. Cork, you can only access this island via Ferry. When you are crossing on the ferry you will visit seal island, and see the tame seals. Garnish is world renowned for its gardens which are laid out in beautiful walks and it has some stunning specimen plants which are rare in this climate.
Skellig Island – Famously know for featuring in the Star Wars movie, the force awakens, the Skellig Islands are located in the Sunny South West of Co. Kerry. Once you make it to the top of Skellig Micheal, you will see a well preserved 6th century monastic settlement. On the smaller Skellig Islands, which are home to 23,000 pairs of gannet nests you will see on every available edge, it is home to the second largest Gannett colony in the world. This is accessible by boat.
Aran Islands – National Geographic say that the Aran Islands is “one of the world’s top island destinations that this feeling, this authenticity, has survived the modern world is nothing short of miraculous”. Known as the island of the saints and scholars, the Aran Islands are located just off Galway and Doolin. Locals speak native Irish as well as English in a setting of Celtic churches of historical significance including World Heritage Site Dun Aonghasa which is set on dramatic 300 ft cliff edge. You can stay on the Islands also, including B&Bs, hotels and hostels.
Sherkin Island – Sherkin located off the coast of Cork, is the ancestral home of the O’Driscoll clan whose castle lies just above the pier. You can roam the ruins of a 15th century Franciscan abbey, visit the automated lighthouse which is maintained by locals and dates back to 1835. Come to hear great live traditional music or enjoy the activities of the Sherkin Family Regatta, a big splash in the island’s social calendar. Sherkin’s three sandy beaches make great secluded swimming areas and walking along the shore you may see seals, otters, schools of dolphins or the porpoises which gave the island its name. A number of artists live on the island and Sherkin is unique in running a Fine Arts Degree Course.
Achill Island – Located at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, Achill Island is joined to the mainland by a bridge. From the soaring cliffs, to the rich heritage and deserted bog lands to windswept beaches, Achill Island is a perfect stop for the adventure seeker. There are many, megalithic tombs, ancient forts and historic churches on the island as well as many pubs, restaurants and accommodations. Achill’s long history features a rich cast of characters, from the Pirate Queen Granuaille to artists and writers including Paul Henry and Heinrich Boll.
Tory Island – known as “Tory” is located off the North West Coast of Ireland and is the most remote inhabited island of Ireland. The main language is the native Irish but English is used also. You can meet the King of Tory, listen to the Corncrackers, visit one of the many painters, or relive the past in Tory’s mythological Heroes, Balor of the Evil Eye and Son of Gorra with a guided tour. At night, enjoy a Céilís and learn an Irish Dancing Set!