The west is the most rugged of all Ireland's coasts. The steep, indented cliffs drop perilously into the Atlantic Ocean, which borders the entire coastline. Deep fjords and bays abound on this side of the island, from Dingle Bay, which runs into Kerry and is shaped by glacial erosion, to Bantry Bay, the deepest anchorage in Western Europe.
The west coast is dotted with fjords. The deepest is the port of Killary, which stretches over 9 miles inland.© The Irish Image Colle / age fotostock
The fjords give the Irish coast its well-known allure and charm.© ZOONAR GMBH LBRF / age fotostock
The western coast also boasts large sandy bays: this photo shows the beautiful contrast between the sea and the carefully cultivated fields.© Alamer / age fotostock
Consisting of slate rock and sandstone, the cliffs dropping steeply into the Atlantic make for one of the most characteristic landscapes of the island.© Martin Siepmann / age fotostock;
This photo show the green signs of plant life, managing to grow even in these most hostile of coastal conditions.© The Irish Image Colle / age fotostock