Wander out from our island's shores and you’ll find it was well worth the journey! Scattered around the coast of Ireland lies hidden adventure, with monastic marvels, myths and legend, and wildlife up close and personal.
Many of our islands are steeped in myth and legend: take a trip from Howth harbour to Ireland’s Eye
, which is home to a murder cave – or did she fall? Your ferryman will regale you with the tale of a trial that divides the people to this very day. Or step on to Boa Island – an inland island in County Fermanagh’s Lough Erne – and visit the Janus figure, a 2,000-year-old two-faced stone carving, thought to represent a Celtic Deity.
If you’re looking to get up close and personal with wildlife, head to Rathlin Island
off Antrim’s coast or the Great Saltees
of Wexford for some bird-watching, or Lambay Island
in County Dublin to meet Ireland's resident wallabies!
History buffs will not want to miss out on the curious tales from our islands. A walk around the monastic site at Devenish Island
will take you on a journey back through time, and a visit to Spike Island
, now dominated by a star-shaped fortress, will take you through a tour of the history of ‘Ireland’s hell’.
Of course, those who want to experience ‘wild Ireland’ at its wildest must head west to the islands sitting off the coast of the Wild Atlantic Way.
The Blasket Island
will give you a glimpse into Ireland of old, where life on these islands was for the toughest of the tough. To get a traditional Irish experience head for the Aran Islands
, known for their iconic knitted jumpers, pretty thatched cottages and the serene feeling of time standing still.
To get to these amazing islands, there are plenty of ferry companies
operating daily from nearby ports and harbours, waiting to take you on your island adventure!
There are so many incredible islands
around Ireland – too many to count, really! Community members, do you have more suggestions you’d like to share?