Skellig Michael Island in Ireland
16th November 2016

Wild Atlantic Wonders: Co. Kerry’s Most Beautiful Islands

Flying into Kerry will give you unrivalled access to some of the most stunning islands of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Make friends with whales and dolphins, take a cable car over the crashing ocean, or stargaze under Ireland’s darkest skies. There’s no better place to leave it all behind…

Blasket Islands

 

Just a short boat ride from the Dingle Peninsula, lie the deserted Blasket Islands. The last of the island’s inhabitants left in 1953 but reminders of the fascinating lives of the local farmers and fishermen remain. With a little digging and some help from the Great Blasket Centre, a museum and interpretive centre located in the Gaeltacht village of Dunquin, you’ll uncover a celebrated and historically rich literary history. In fact, the islanders published many books during the 1920s and 1940s that are considered classics today.

 

Valentia Island

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Joined to the mainland by bridge, traces of 350 million year old wildlife are found on one of the largest islands off the south west coast of Kerry, Valentia Island. Nowadays a plethora of living flora and fauna make this beautiful island their home. The island is full of contrasts. The western side is dominated by the barren, dramatic cliffs of Bray Head which command spectacular views of the coastline, while the mild effect of the Gulf Stream results in Valentia’s balmy climate and lush, colourful vegetation.

 

Skellig Michael

 

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Jutting out of the ocean, the dramatic beauty of Skellig Michael – a 6th century monastic settlement and UNESCO World Heritage Site- becomes clear. Accessible only by boat, Skellig Michael and its sister island, Little Skellig, are lashed by the elements and inhabited almost solely by seabirds (in fact, the islands support some of the largest collections of manx sheerwaters and puffins in the world), and it has been aptly described by playwright Bernard Shaw as “a part of our dream world”; maybe that’s why it was chosen as a filming location for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Dursey Island

 

 

It’s a show-stopper of a drive along the northern edge of the Beara Peninsula to Dursey Sound. Here, you’ll find Ireland’s only cable car to take you the short ride high above the waves to secluded Dursey Island. There’s plenty to see including a lighthouse, castle ruins, a signal tower, standing stones and breath-taking sunsets – and don’t forget to look out for dolphins while cruising the 250m across the Atlantic.

 Cape Clear Island

 

Further south, you’ll find a paradise of solitude on Ireland’s southernmost inhabited Irish –speaking island. With its rugged landscape, wild flowers and abundant wildlife, Cape Clear Island is the epitome of unspoilt charm. Make sure to visit the fascinating Cape Clear Heritage Centre to get a real insight into the island’s history or listen to some fantastic tall tales during the annual storytelling festival each September.

 

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Ryanair Staff

Ryanair Staff

Ryanair’s staff are a well travelled bunch, it goes with the territory. You can count on them for tried and tested travel reviews and trip advice.

3 Comments

  • Arron Wood

    Looks a beautiful place, please could you send me some good B&B deals.
    Thank You
    Arron Wood

    27th November 2016 at 1:35 pm
  • Deirdre Hurley

    Kerry is a fantastic place, I am from Kerry and live in the north of Germany but getting to Kerry from the north of Germany is not easy and is a long journey. We have to fly from Hamburg into Dublin and then get the train which can take up to 4 hours so we can be travelling for 12 hours door to door. All our friends would love to come to Kerry for a weekend but it takes too long. I don’t understand why Ryanair do not operate any flight from Hamburg or Bremen to Kerry as I am sure it would do very well, people want to see rural Ireland and not the big cities.

    15th January 2017 at 4:56 pm
  • Anna Marie

    Hi, I am delighted to read this as I visit Kerry most summers since my sister moved there. However, it is a nightmare getting from North West UK to Kerry. Given the amount of people who are Irish or of Irish descent living within catchment of Liverpool and Manchester alone, has Ryanair considered putting a direct flight from either of these airports to Kerry Airport? Who could I direct this suggestion to in Ryanair if this is not the best place to propose it? Many thanks!

    16th January 2017 at 1:45 pm

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