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The Islands of Ireland


How well do you know your islands? The September map of the month is a map of the coastal and inland islands of the island of Ireland. We've chosen to show the islands without the "mainland",an imaginary Ireland Archipelago.

View the map here:  The Islands of Ireland

Cartographer: Dr Stuart Green

View previous Maps of the Months here

Here we have created a map of the coastal and inland islands of the island of Ireland. We've chosen to show the islands without the "mainland",an imaginary Ireland Archipelago.

Most of the 'islands' would be rightly called islets or skerries being in many cases just rock so we only map islands with an area greater the 0.1Ha but that still leaves 6800 islands mapped (the full database has 32,000 "islands"). The coast of Ireland is 1,450 km long, but the combined coastline of all the islands in the database is, 4,800km.

  • The largest Island is Achill in Co. Mayo.
  • The Island furthest from the sea is Big Island in Lough Sweedy, in county Westmeath.
  • The largest inland Island is Inishmore in the Fermanagh Lakelands.