Many people dream of one day owning an Irish island to live out their retirement in peace and solitude and be at one with nature.
It is a dream that can become a reality for some, as there are several Irish islands up for sale with prices ranging from thousands to millions of Euros.
The habitats vary from uninhabited islands offering complete isolation, to small communities one step removed from the hustle and bustle of the mainland.
Here are some of the most beautiful and desirable Irish islands that have been on the market over the last few years. You never know, one of them might just take your fancy.
Carbery & Cold Islands, Dunmanus, Co. Cork
€550,000. Agent: daft.ie
This four bedroom detached house sits on the the 34-acre island of Carbery, a short boat ride from west Cork. The home was built recently and is fully fitted for comfortable living. The neighbouring Cold Island is home to a seal colony, and TV personality Graham Norton also owns a holiday home nearby.
Greeve Island, Rosmuc, Connemara, Co Galway
€30,000. Agent: Matt O’Sullivan
Greeve Island is situated about a mile off the coast of Connemara. It is 1.4 acres in size, and does not have any buildings. In fact the selling agent described it as “pretty much uninhabitable” but says someone may wish to buy it “just for fun”.
Sherkin Island hotel, marina and Dun na Long castle, Baltimore Harbour, west Cork
€1.5 million. Agent: Charles McCarthy
Sherkin Island has a population of just 100 people. It is 5km by 3km in size, and was once owned by the O’Driscoll clan. The property for sale includes a 21-bedroom commercially-run hotel – known as The Islander’s Rest, as well as a neighbouring 16th century castle.
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