Scattered around Clew Bay are hundreds of relics of the Ice Age, hump-backed glacial deposits known as Drumlins. They form a delightful archipelago ̶ and a topic for frequent debate as to the exact number of islands. The figure is reputedly 365, or one for every day of the year.
Dominating the seascape is Clare Island, once home to the legendary Grace O’Malley, better known as pirate queen Granuaile. As you approach by sea you can appreciate its distinctive silhouette created by a hill at one end, causing the island to look precariously unbalanced. Ferries to Clare Island and Inishturk run daily during the summer months.
Achill, Ireland's largest island and one of spectacular beauty, is connected to the mainland by a bridge at Achill Sound. Part of its magic is the tantalising concoction of mountain scenery sweeping down to safe golden beaches or wild Atlantic waves on the rocky shore. Long a haunt of artists and dreamers, Achill has a character all of its own.
Each of the islands has a different personality, each with unique secrets and surprises ̶ hidden sandy beaches, secluded coves, splendid cliffs and stunningly scenic walks. Most of the islands are well served by boats which cater for both daily and extended sea angling trips.
Westport is a good starting point to take in most of the islands off the Mayo coastline.
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