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Tully, Rossaveal, Carraroe and the Islands District

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The Gael Saoire Tully, Rossaveal, Carraroe and the Islands District
The landscape gradually changes now as we move further west past Irish language summer colleges and Tully Church. The Irish language television service, TG4, has its headquarters at An Tulach (Tully) and soon the road spurs to the left for Ros a’ Mhíl (Rossaveal) harbour, one of Ireland’s major commercial fishing ports. Here is the mainland port of departure for the regular ferryboats to the Aran Islands, and it also has an angling centre. Also at Ros a`Mhil there is an interesting Martello Tower. A left turn near Raidió na Gaeltachta (the Irish Language Radio Station headquarters) at Casla (Costello), will lead us to the village of An Cheathrú Rua (Carraroe) with its sheltered coves, beaches and unique coral strand. Perched on a peninsula on the Atlantic edge, An Cheathrú Rua has some breathtaking scenery.

A turn in the centre of the village An Cheathrú Rua and on through Béal an Daingean will open the world of Ceantar na nOileán (the Islands District). Situated between Kilkerrin Bay and Greatman`s Bay, the main islands are Eanach Mheáin, Leitir Móir, Garumna and Leitir Mealláin. Access to the islands is by a chain of bridges and causeways, which were built over 100 years ago. These islands lie off the main tourist trail and therefore are still unspoiled and relatively unexplored. There is a great solitude and tranquility here in this peaceful and unpolluted world apart. Situated on Eanach Mheáin is a unique island hopping nine hole golf course and thatched cottage clubhouse, and nearby traditional holiday homes are available for rent.

These islands are renowned for their unique way of life, where age-old traditions co-exist comfortably with modern living. The islands have a rich history, which can be seen from their ancient monuments, from both prehistoric and Christian times. Here is a place to touch the past, to sense the spirit of Celtic and Gaelic Ireland.

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