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“Clew Bay – County Mayo”


Clew Bay, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland

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Clew Bay, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland

According to tradition Clew Bay has 365 islands, one for each day of the year. It’s swarm of Islands (drumlins) are unlike anything else found in western Europe. These small islands are called ‘sunken drumlins’. They are elongated steep-sided hills (sometimes described as whale-backed) that were formed during our last ice age 12 thousand years ago when the glaciers started to melt & slide into the sea. They carved up & pushed the rocky sediment off the landscape which gathered in wave like patterned mounds on the mouth of Clew Bay creating these unique islands ?

The largest of these is Clare Island, which is famously known as the home of the “Pirate Queen” Grace O’Malley. This 16th-century heroine attacked & plundered countless ships passing through this area. Clare island guards the entrance to the sheltered bay & today is home to 130 people. Most of the others smaller islands in the bay are mainly uninhabited. Although a few brave souls still cling to the age-old tradition of living on a small island all year round. Can you just imagine living off the grid & alone on one of these islands? Bliss! ?❤️☘️

P.S: If anyone finds this sky or angle a little unusual or strange looking??? well it’s because I actually captured this photo from within a low passing cloud, looking outwards/downwards upon Clew Bay ⛅️

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