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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

    Trip & Departure DatesAvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare

    6th Apr - 12th Apr 2024

    5 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,250Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    13th Apr - 19th Apr 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,490Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    20th Apr - 26th Apr 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,440Book Now
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare

    27th Apr - 3rd May 2024

    4 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,250Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    27th Apr - 3rd May 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,490Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast

    4th May - 10th May 2024

    5 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,560Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    25th May - 31st May 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,290Book Now
    Bike Tour – The Wild Atlantic Way

    1st Jun - 14th Jun 2024

    5 place(s) leftGuaranteed 5,560Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast

    1st Jun - 7th Jun 2024

    5 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,560Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

    8th Jun - 14th Jun 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,460Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    8th Jun - 14th Jun 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,290Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

    22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,460Book Now
    Bike Tour – Donegal From Cliffs to Coast

    6th Jul - 12th Jul 2024

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 3,180Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    6th Jul - 12th Jul 2024 Women only departure

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,490Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    6th Jul - 12th Jul 2024

    6 place(s) leftAvailable 2,440Book Now
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare

    13th Jul - 19th Jul 2024

    6 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,250Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast

    20th Jul - 26th Jul 2024

    7 place(s) leftAvailable 2,560Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    20th Jul - 26th Jul 2024

    4 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,490Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

    27th Jul - 2nd Aug 2024

    6 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,460Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    27th Jul - 2nd Aug 2024

    5 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,290Book Now
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare

    3rd Aug - 9th Aug 2024

    2 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,250Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    3rd Aug - 9th Aug 2024

    1 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,490Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

    10th Aug - 16th Aug 2024

    7 place(s) leftAvailable 2,460Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    17th Aug - 23rd Aug 2024 Women only departure

    6 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,290Book Now
    Hiking – The Dingle Way

    17th Aug - 23rd Aug 2024

    2 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,440Book Now
    Bike Tour – Donegal From Cliffs to Coast

    24th Aug - 30th Aug 2024

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 3,180Book Now
    Deluxe Hiking – Ireland Coast to Coast

    7th Sep - 13th Sep 2024

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,560Book Now
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare

    7th Sep - 13th Sep 2024

    2 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,250Book Now
    Hiking – The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

    14th Sep - 20th Sep 2024

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

    21st Sep - 27th Sep 2024

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,290Book Now
    Hiking – Kerry & Clare

    28th Sep - 4th Oct 2024

    6 place(s) leftGuaranteed 2,250Book Now
    Hiking & Island Hopping – Ireland’s West Coast

    5th Oct - 11th Oct 2024

    8 place(s) leftAvailable 2,290Book Now

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