When visiting Ireland don’t spend all your time on the mainland. Ireland has some of the most incredible islands imaginable, its like going back to stone age times. With the Atlantic oceans curvature visible on the horizon, not many places become as dramatic as here. My favourite 5 islands in Ireland are:
1. Skellig Michael
Located 12km off the coast of Kerry, this monastery was built by monks in the 12th Century. An incredible sight used as a filming location for the recent Star Wars franchise, and rightly deserving its place as a UNESCO world heritage sight in 1996. This makes number 1 on my list even though it does cost €60 EUR to get here and requires a reservation in advance.
2: Inis Mór
The largest of the three Aran Islands. Home to several ancient stone forts and churches. It ‘s semicircle fort rests on the edge of the cliffs.
3. Inis Meain
Another Aran Island inclusion. The perfect place to experience old Ireland and escape from the distractions of the modern world. With a population of just under 200 people, it is the less visited of the three islands. On a clear day the spectacular Cliffs of Moher can be seen from the island.
4: Tory Island
Located off the north coast of Donegal. The island is another magical location in Ireland that is well worth a visit. You can really get close to nature and escape the stresses of modern life.
A small island off the coast of Connemara, County Galway. Inishbofin has around 160 inhabitants and is a popular tourist destination for Irish people looking to escape the busy modern world! You can visit the island by ferry from Cleggan in Connemara.