The 12 Top Scenic Islands in the World

By David Jeffreys - 2014-02-24T18:07:10Z

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9. Aran Islands, Ireland

Three windswept isles—Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer—off the west coast of Ireland all have a rugged, bleak beauty to match the sinister 2,000-year-old ruins of Dún Aenghus, a Celtic fortress clinging to a cliff top as if declaring this to be the actual edge of the world. An unexpected find (open only April through September) is the ultra-modern Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites for innovative meals from the surrounding earth and sea and peaceful sleep in five sleek suites.

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