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Diving in Ireland

Ireland is a land of fantastic landscapes, often cloaked in heavy fog. Beneath the water, everything becomes clear, giving scuba divers some unreal sites to explore.

Diving in Ireland

Quick facts

If you want to dive somewhere that exemplifies wild Atlantic diving, you won’t go far wrong by diving the Skelligs. These two rocks rise defiantly from the Atlantic swell 16 kilometres/10 miles southwest from the tip of County Kerry in Ireland. Ancient monastic ruins perch atop the sheer pinnacles, and gannets by the thousands screech and plunge headfirst into the ocean in pursuit of the abundant schools of mackerel. The drama continues underwater with sheer drop-offs extending well past recreational dive limits. The sheer walls are carpeted with stunningly bright-colored anemones and sponges, and the clear ocean water offers visibility topping 30 metres/100 feet. No less a diver than Jacques Cousteau waxed lyrical about the marine life here, and well he might: You’ll find great shoals of pollock and crustaceans of every shape and color in the crevices, and when conditions are right it’s a popular spot with basking sharks too.

When to go

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What to see

During a dive you can see small fish like lings and sunfish, as well as larger creatures like whales and dolphins. Basking sharks are common here, feeding on plankton near the water’s surface.

During your time on land be sure to walk up and down the shoreline to see the busy tide pools.


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Long ago, Ireland was completely covered in ice. The ice cap melted, and Neolithic people made their way to the island. Ever changing and evolving, Ireland was pushed through medieval times, leaving behind castles and relics scattered across the country.

Today, Ireland is home to city dwellers, villagers, and rural folks. Those that live out in the countryside make their way by farming and raising livestock. Many fantastic cheeses come from Ireland, where goats and sheep are common sights along the many roads that move through the country.

Other attractions

Mystical Ireland offers visitors plenty in the way of exploration, from bustling cities and villages to quiet, foggy countryside. Dublin is the largest city, with tons of museums to explore. Be sure to head out to the lovely scenic regions beyond, especially Galway, which is an icon of the country.

Getting there

Larger cities have rail systems, yet taxis are quite expensive. Renting a car or taking the train is the best way to explore the abundant countryside.


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