Image of Scattery Island, Ireland
Scattery Island

Scattery Island - one of the 'Seven Wonders of Ireland' (Irish Independent, 22 July 2019) is a haven of peace and tranquility located in the Shannon estuary, about 2.5kms from Kilrush and home to an outstanding collection of stone monuments.

There are the ruins of six churches and, with a height of 120 feet, one of the highest Round Towers in Ireland, with it's unusual feature of it's door at ground level and a refuge for the monks from the Viking invasions during the 9th century.
Image of Scattery Island, Ireland
The island has been home to a monastic settlement for 600 years since its foundation by St Senan in the 6th century and also served as a place of safe harbour for the Spanish Armada and as a defence outpost for the English government, from which time a battery on the island dates. Along with these ruins, the island is adorned with a beautiful semi-natural grassland which is of great interest to ecologists who visit it. The island is indeed a haven for Nature lovers, Walking and Bird Watching enthusiasts. There is also a holy well on the Island which is said to have healing qualities, its water was enjoyed by the inhabitants of the island for many centuries.

The island also housed over 141 people during 1841 and 1881, mostly river pilots and expert currach handlers. However due to social and economic decline the population of the island began to decrease rapidly from 1926 and has been uninhabited since 1978. This passed life on the island is echoed in the abandoned remains of the community on Scattery. A lighthouse, a street, old cottages and the church 'Teampall na Marbh' which hosts the graves of the people of Scattery, encapsulate the isolated life that was once led on Scattery.

Scattery Island has been awarded with the European Destination of Excellence for 2017 (EDEN). There is a visitor centre on the island and guided tours are available free of charge. → (External link opens in a new window)
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Boat trips to Scattery Island

depart from Kilrush Marina during the summer season, from may to september.

  • Scattery offers a great family day out and with children getting their very own treasure trail map to explore the island their own way!
  • Multiple departures daily — Time changes each day due to tidal conditions.
  • 30-minute crossing (15 minutes to exit the Marina Locke gates and 15 minutes sailing time)
  • Two to five hours on the island depending on sailing selected
  • Walking map with site information provided
  • Pack a picnic or even enjoy a swim while you’re there!
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What else should you visit in West Clare?

Doughmore beach, Loop Head Peninsula, Kilrush Marina, West Coast Aqua Park, Loop Head Alpacas, The Dolphins in the Shannon Estuary, Vandeleur Walled Garden
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