You needn't be spending all your summer savings on RyanAir flights, some of the most amazing sights are on this very island, writes Jack McCann.

Blasket Islands

The Blasket Islands, situated off Ireland’s West Coast, 3km off the Dingle Peninsula. 6 principal islands make up the archipelago known as the Blaskets:An Blascaod Mór;Beiginis;Inis Na Bró;Inis Mhic Uileáin;Inis Tuaisceart;An Tiaracht. However, An Blascaod Mór is the main tourist attraction of the lot.

The island was inhabited by an Irish-speaking colony for a few centuries, until the last 22 inhabitants were evacuated from An Blascaod Mór on November 17th, 1953. Many pieces of literature were produced by members of the group, including the work of Peig Sayers, whose work brought to life the topography, life and times of their the inhabitants’ island.

Blascaod Mór is a great place to go for a walk, lounge on the beach or to catch a sight of the minky whales, bottle nose dolphins or seals which frequent the waters in the area. Once you have taken a ferry from either Dingle or Ventry Harbour to the island, which takes 40 minutes to an hour, you can walk anywhere on the 1100 acres of land that make up An Blascaod Mór.

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs are one of Ireland’s most visited natural attractions. Rising over 120 meters at above the Atlantic Ocean, at its lowest point. 30,000 birds at least, approximately 20 species, occupy the 8 kilometre stretch of cliff face along the Western seaboard of Co. Clare.

Fancy re-enacting a bit of Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince? Well than the Cliffs of Moher is for you, as a part of the 2009 film was shot on the cliffs.

The cliffs were formed over 300 million years ago and have been part of Irish myths and legends for thousands of years. They have been used to be quarried for rock, people collected feathers and eggs or as a place to fish.

There is an environmentally friendly visitor centre half way along the cliffs where you can find lots more information and find a view of the Aran Islands along the 800 meters of protected viewing platforms.

Bundoran

One of Ireland’s best, if not the best, known places for surfers. So if you think you’re the next Adriano de Souza, this is the place to be. With a blue flag beach and the village is only a stone’s throw away, this is the perfect place to spend the weekend surfing.

It was listed as one of National Geographic magazine’s top 20 surf towns in 2012. The beach has been central to the area for over 200 years. The beach was also awarded a Blue Flag this year, so it is well worth a visit.

If you’re not into the surfing malarkey, there is plenty of other land activities to do like Bundoran Adventure Park; Bundoran Glowbowl; coastal walks; angling and much more, so there’s something for every student.

Giant’s Causeway

Made up of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Home to the mythical Irish Giant Finn MacCool and his smart wife Oonagh. Owned and maintained by the National Trust, it is Northern Ireland’s biggest tourist attraction, literally and number wise.

It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, situated in Antrim on the North-East coast of Northern Ireland. It has been around for 50-60 million years. Having been there myself a few years ago, I can tell you now that it’s well worth a visit if you’re passing through the area.

There are many different places like the ones mentioned that you can visit for an hour, half a day or a full day depending on your situation, financially and time-wise.

You don’t have to go half way round the world to see something beautiful and unique, it’s often right on your doorstep.

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