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    Coasts & Islands of Ireland

    Sandy Shores

    With over 7,500 km (4,600 miles) of coastline – 2,500 km alone which makes up the world-famous Wild Atlantic Way – it’s hard to get away from coasts and islands in Ireland.

    Whether you are looking for a quiet island escape, a serene sunset over a sandy beach, a windswept coastal hike, or a pint in a seaside town, we’ve collated our island and coastline stories in one place for you to explore what makes the sea such a special part of Ireland.

    Irish Coasts

    Causeway Coast Travel Guide

    Flowers on the Causeway Coast

    Tracing the coastline for 52 km (30 miles), the Causeway Coast is one of Ireland’s most spectacular regions. Full of pop culture inspirations from Game of Thrones to The Chronicles of Narnia, learn about the clifftop castles, meandering paths, unique geology, and stories of giants that await you in our travel guide. Or, skip straight to the Giant’s Causeway, the wildest and most mythical part of the Causeway Coast. Read about it here.

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    Coastal & Marine Wildlife


    Marine Wildlife


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    From playful whales to pods of dolphins, diving seagulls to meandering basking sharks and clownish puffins, learn more about Ireland’s coastal and marine wildlife.

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    Puffins in Ireland


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    Clownish and adorable, puffins are one of everyone’s favourite animal visitors to Ireland’s shores. Learn more about when the puffins arrive, how long they stay, and where the best place to spot them in our guide below.

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    Irish Birdwatching


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    There are many avian species who flock and flutter to Ireland’s hills and shores. Learn more about where are the best places to spot the birds of Ireland in our birdwatching blog below.

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    Coastal Icons

    spring flowers at the Cliffs of Moher

    Cliffs of Moher

    Breathtaking in their classic beauty, the Cliffs of Moher are an unmissable part of Ireland’s 2,500 km-long Wild Atlantic Way. A stand-in for the Cliffs of Insanity in the 1987 cult classic, The Princess Bride, these 14 km cliffs are a great coastal hike, particularly when hiked from end to end. Read our guide below.

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    Slieve League and blue ocean

    Slieve League

    Among the highest seacliffs in Europe, Donegal’s spectacular coastal icon beckons hikers and photography enthusiasts. Quieter (though higher) than the Cliffs of Moher, the cliffs are laced with trails and dramatic viewpoints. With heritage harking back to the Penal Times, the Napoleonic Wars and more, Slieve League is a sight to behold. Read our guide below.

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    Sunset at the Giant's Casuseway

    Giant’s Causeway

    What is the Giant’s Causeway? Unusual geology along a unique rocky coastline. Enchanting tales of warring giants and clever wives. Spectacular sunsets and epic photo ops, not to mention pop culture references and a volcanic past. The Giant’s Causeway is one of Ireland’s most bizarre coastal spots. Read our guide below.

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    Islands

    Rathlin Island Travel Guide

    Cliffs overlooking blue sea

    Overlooking Rathlin Island cliffs.

    Nestled just off the picturesque coast of Northern Ireland, Rathlin Island beckons island-loving visitors with its enchanting allure, rich wildlife, stunning landscapes, and captivating history. This remarkable island is renowned as a haven for seabirds, offering visitors the chance to witness the delightful puffins in their natural habitat during the spring and early summer.

    Beneath the surface, Rathlin Island’s past is a thrilling tale that traces back to prehistoric times. With its awe-inspiring cliffs, sweeping panoramas, and friendly puffins and other seabirds, Rathlin Island is a serene refuge from the frantic pace of modern life.

    Whether you’re in pursuit of tranquillity amidst unspoiled landscapes, an opportunity to delve into its rich cultural heritage, or an unforgettable adventure that stirs your soul, Rathlin Island promises an experience that will leave you profoundly inspired from the very moment you set foot on its shores.

    Read more about this scenic place in our Rathlin Island Travel Guide below.

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    The Aran Islands

    The Aran Islands Travel Guide

    Embarking on a journey to the Aran Islands is like stepping back into a world where time stands still. An archipelago of three islands, the Aran Islands are the remote and rugged jewels of the Irish west coast.

    Surrounding by the swirling waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the Aran Islands hold a unique and ancient charm that captivates all who visit. With their breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and warm, welcoming Irish-speaking communities, the Aran Islands offer an unforgettable escape from the ordinary, inviting you to immerse yourself in a timeless tapestry of natural beauty and Irish tradition.

    In our guide below, explore the enchanting world of the Aran Islands, where the past and present harmoniously coexist, promising an adventure like no other.

    Aran Islands: Insider’s Ireland

    Set sail to the Aran Islands to meet Gabriel Faherty, a renowned islander whose goats produce some of the most delectable goat’s cheese you’ll ever savour. More than a cheese artisan, Gabriel also plays a vital role in preserving the island’s culture and heritage, captivating all with his compelling storytelling.

    Beyond the exquisite goat’s cheese and the warm-hearted islanders, the Aran Islands boast remarkable treasures like the ancient Dún Aonghasa fort, a semicircular stone bastion perched on a 300-foot-high cliff dating to 1100 BC. These three vibrant islands along the west coast of Ireland offer cheerful pubs, serene beaches, and awe-inspiring ocean vistas.

    Don’t just read about it – watch our Insider’s Ireland video as we island-hop to the Aran Islands, where you’ll meet Gabriel and his charming goats.

    Read our Aran Islands Travel Guide below.

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    Island Hopping Tours

    Love islands, boats and beaches? Join an island hopping tour to explore the best of Ireland’s islands. Learn more below. 

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    Visit Coasts & Islands

    Wilderness Ireland Departure DatesAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

    22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    6th Jul - 12th Jul 2024

    4 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,490Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    6th Jul - 12th Jul 2024 Women only departure

    3 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    27th Jul - 2nd Aug 2024

    3 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,390Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

    27th Jul - 2nd Aug 2024

    3 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    3rd Aug - 9th Aug 2024

    2 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    17th Aug - 23rd Aug 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,490Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    17th Aug - 23rd Aug 2024 Women only departure

    2 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,390Book Now
    Bike Tour – Donegal From Cliffs to Coast

    24th Aug - 30th Aug 2024

    5 place(s) leftGuaranteed 3,210Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    14th Sep - 20th Sep 2024

    2 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,390Book Now
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare

    28th Sep - 4th Oct 2024

    3 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,390Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    5th Oct - 11th Oct 2024

    4 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,390Book Now
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare

    22nd Mar - 28th Mar 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,390Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    29th Mar - 4th Apr 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,490Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast

    5th Apr - 11th Apr 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,640Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    12th Apr - 18th Apr 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    19th Apr - 25th Apr 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,390Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    19th Apr - 25th Apr 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,490Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    26th Apr - 2nd May 2025

    7 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    3rd May - 9th May 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,390Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast

    10th May - 16th May 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,640Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    10th May - 16th May 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    10th May - 16th May 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,490Book Now
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare

    17th May - 23rd May 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,390Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    24th May - 30th May 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,390Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    24th May - 30th May 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

    31st May - 6th Jun 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    7th Jun - 13th Jun 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,390Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    7th Jun - 13th Jun 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare

    14th Jun - 20th Jun 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,390Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast

    14th Jun - 20th Jun 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,640Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

    14th Jun - 20th Jun 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    21st Jun - 27th Jun 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    5th Jul - 11th Jul 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,390Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    5th Jul - 11th Jul 2025

    6 place(s) leftAvailable 2,490Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    5th Jul - 11th Jul 2025

    6 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast

    12th Jul - 18th Jul 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,640Book Now
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare

    12th Jul - 18th Jul 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,390Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

    12th Jul - 18th Jul 2025

    6 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,520Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    26th Jul - 1st Aug 2025

    6 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,390Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    26th Jul - 1st Aug 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    2nd Aug - 8th Aug 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    9th Aug - 15th Aug 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,490Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    16th Aug - 22nd Aug 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,390Book Now
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare

    16th Aug - 22nd Aug 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,390Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    16th Aug - 22nd Aug 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

    23rd Aug - 29th Aug 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    30th Aug - 5th Sep 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    30th Aug - 5th Sep 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,390Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

    6th Sep - 12th Sep 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast

    6th Sep - 12th Sep 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,640Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    13th Sep - 19th Sep 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,520Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    13th Sep - 19th Sep 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,390Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    13th Sep - 19th Sep 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,490Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    27th Sep - 3rd Oct 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,390Book Now
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare

    4th Oct - 10th Oct 2025

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,390Book Now

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