Ireland's Islands

Nothing says ‘escape’ like a break on an Irish island. With each boasting its own unique character, find your personal dream getaway.


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Island Walks

Exploring Ireland’s islands by foot is the perfect way to tune into their relaxed pace. Take in the fresh air, ponder ancient ruins, bird watch and spot rare flowers, or maybe even spy a whale breaching out to sea…

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Ancient Ireland

Prehistoric settlers, early Christian monks, Vikings, pirates, farmers and fishermen have all built communities on Ireland’s offshore islands. In their wake they have left everything from ancient tombs, to monastic sites, deserted villages and stunning old lighthouses.

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Cottage on the Aran Islands

Scattered along our coastline, Ireland’s manifold islands make for wonderful destinations for day-trippers, but what’s the hurry? There’s so much to experience if you take your time and stay a while. Drop in to the local pub, stay the night tucked up in a thatched cottage or experience an Atlantic sunset camping in the wild – a night on the islands is a memory that will last forever.

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Nature and Wildlife

A trip to an Irish island is a chance to get up close and personal with nature. From sea birds to whales, dolphins and Connemara ponies, there is something to appeal to every wildlife and nature lover.

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Aran Islands Cottages

If it’s years since you’ve spoken Irish but you’d love to get back into the swing of the language, there’s no better place than on one of Ireland’s Gaeltacht islands. You can take a course specially designed for adults or just simply practice your cúpla focal.

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Literature and storytelling

Ireland’s idyllic islands offer the chance to unwind the mind and allow it to wander and explore. Little wonder then that storytelling and literary creativity is such a part of this physical and metaphysical landscape. Follow in the footsteps of great writers and tale tellers like JM Synge, Peig Sayers and Heinrich Böll and start to weave your own story.

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Boats in Oileán Chléire Keem Beach on Achill Island Landscape in Árainn (Inishmore) Lighthouse on Bere Island
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