Islands & Coasts of Ireland

The stunning Irish coast varies in character along its entire length, and offers walking options to meet the needs of every type of walker. Tranquil, sandy beaches often stretch for miles before ending abruptly at rocky headlands or soaring cliffs. The most dramatic sections of are to be found along the exposed western and northern coastlines which are continuously being sculpted by the Atlantic Ocean.

Most of Ireland's larger offshore islands can be reached by making use of scheduled ferry services from the mainland. Others are connected to the mainland by bridges, and there is even one accessible by a cable car. It is also possible to access some of the smaller using locally-owned, private boats and tour boats. Ireland's largest and most popular islands are:

  Achill Island

  Arranmore Island

  Bear Island

  Clare Island

  Dursey Island

  Gorumna Island

  Great Blasket Island

  Great Island

  Inch Island






  Lettermore Island

  Rathlin Island

  Sherkin Island

  Skellig Michael

  Tory Island

  Valentia Island

  Whiddy Island

Popular coastal walking areas on the mainland include:

  Ards Peninsula & Strangford Lough

  Beara Peninsula

  Causeway Coast

  Cliffs of Moher

  Dingle Peninsula


  Iveragh Peninsula

  Northwest Donegal

  Slieve League

  West Cork

  Wexford's Beaches