One of the dry stone huts remaining from the monastic days on Inishmurray.
The first uninhabited island on this list, Inishmurray is a place of rugged solitude. There are the ruins of an ancient monastery founded in the 6th century – an impressive, 15ft high and up to 10ft thick wall still protects the holy site, which includes an oratory with a stone roof, two churches, a structure called a clochán (a dry-stone hut with a rounded roof), a beehive cell, and a well.
There are also the remains of an island village that was abandoned in 1948. Due to its religious significance, it remains a pilgrimage site. It is also a great place for bird-watching. No ferries go here to get here, and in fact, there’s currently an issue with the pier meaning that the normal charter a boat from Mullaghmore isn’t currently running. Hopefully this is resolved soon as the island is a fascinating place!
Update: The harbour/jetty to Inishmurray is the currently closed for the foreseeable future due to safety concerns. We hope to see the island re-open in the near future.