Islands you must visit in Ireland

islands you must visit in ireland

1/Clare Island

Located in Clew Bay, County Mayo, Clare Island was once home to the famous pirate Queen Grace O’Malley and is the largest and highest of Clew Bay’s many islands.

Stunning cliffs and impressive views of one of Ireland’s best known peaks Croagh Patrick will wait for you there.

The islands welcome many seabirds and the hills, bogs and woodlands makes it ideal for hill walking. Those lovers will be able to hike the gentle peak of Knockmore also(461 meters). For divers, they will be delighted to swim into the exceptional site dive site surrounding the island.

Come over to this island during summer as you will enjoy its regular summer festivals, and its lively nightlife throughout the year.

Clare Island

2/Blaskets Islands

6 kilometers beyond the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry, awesome cliffs rise from the Atlantic Ocean. These are the Blaskets Islands or Na Blascaodai in Irish.

The largest of the islands, the Great Blasket or An Blascoad Mor was abandoned in 1953 after the emigration of its inhabitants.

Wander around this historic island on foot along its steep grassy paths and hilly tracks.  

You can end your day by camping on this romantic island at night.

The Blasket Islands will take your breath away

3/Skellig Islands

Two of the most famous islands in the world, the Skelligs Islands are the jewels of the Emerald Isle.

Off the Kerry coast out of the Atlantic Ocean stand three sandstone rocks.

Worldly renowned for their ornithological and archaeological significance, they are also recognized by their World Heritage Status.

Whether you are an archaeology lover or a science-fiction fan you will find a huge level of bliss at this place.

For archaeology aficionados, Skellig Michael is known throughout the world as the site of a well-preserved monastic outpost of the early Christian period, now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Animal lovers should visit Small Skellig Island as its the host of some 27 000 pairs of gannets, the second largest colony of such seabirds in the world.

To appreciate their beauty, take a boat trip to the Skellig Islands and experience these exquisite natural monuments. You can also stay on dry land and visit the Skellig Experience centre on the waterfront beside the Valentia Island bridge.

Skellig Islands

4/Cape Clear Island 

Oilean Chleire aka Cape Clear Island is a Gaelic speaking island located 13 km off the coast of West Cork. On this island, you will get the pleasure to see busting harbours, bogs, charming cliffs and unique views on the hilltop. It is Ireland’s southernmost inhabited island. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the Cape Clear Island Storytelling Festival, a famous festival held early in the month of September. It is a great opportunity for you to witness the ancient form of arts. You can also hear some of the talented tale tellers or spinners of some countries. You’ll be amazed by its fauna because this island hosts rare migratory birds, whales, sun fish and shark which are spotted from the island every year, as well as the dolphins. Those keen on history will be impressed by its megalithic standing stones, a 5000 year old passage grave, a 12th century church ruin and a 14th century castle representing Ireland’s rich cultural heritage.

Cape Clear Island

Other honourable mentions include: The Aran Islands, Achill Island and Tory Island. 

-Francheska