This beautiful uninhabited Island marks the end of an ancient pilgrimage trail. The view back to the Mayo shoreline is dominated by Croagh Patrick, where it was believed that the ‘Saints Road’ ran along the seabed from that holy summit to Caher Island. This was the final stage of a 60 mile trail from Ballintubber, through Aghagower Croagh Partick, Kilgeever and a church site on the shore before the often treacherous trip offshore to Caher Island.
This small small slip of land 6 miles off the coast of Mayo holds many fascinating treasures including the simple beauty of a tiny, ancient church in ruins with untouched early christian crosses dotted around, forming an inner and then an outer enclosure.
We had fantastic weather conditions for our first Adventure Day Trip to Caher Island. Two stunning dives on Inishturk Island with a lunchtime exporation of Caher Island.
Exploring the engraved early Chrisitian crosses against the stunning backdrop of Connemara’s rugged mountains and golden beaches …. a nice way to spend your surface intrerval!
Connemara’s resident field archaeologist was with us to give a fascinating and informative talk.
The island is littered with artefacts…… and we were reminded of the local belief that “the sea itself guards the tiny island and “will rise up against anyone foolish enough to take anything away.”