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Killary Fjord, the only fjord in Ireland

Fjords are large valleys carved into the rocks, bathed in seawater and formed millions of years ago by ice erosion. Fjords are common in the coldest regions of the planet, the most famous of which are located in Norway. Two of them – the Geiranger and Nærøy Fjords – are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

But did you know that Ireland also has a fjord?

Killary Fjord is in western Ireland, on the border between the counties of Galway and Mayo, and is 16 kilometers long. It is the only true fjord in Ireland, as Carlingford and Lough Swilly are not technically fjords.

The place is conducive to the creation of mollusks and salmon in captivity. There it is also possible to see otters, seals and dolphins at some specific points.

The best way to get to know the Killary Fjord is by taking a boat trip. There are cruises that depart daily from Nancy’s Point, south of Killary, and run the length of the fjord. The tour lasts 90 minutes and costs € 21 for adults, € 17 for seniors and students and € 11 for children over 11 years old. Children under 10 do not pay. Reservations can be made through this website.

The boat has a restaurant with seafood dishes, using local ingredients. The menu is available here.

The fjord is one of the attractions of the Wild Atlantic Way, a famous tourist itinerary that covers approximately 2,500km of the Irish west coast, crossing nine counties.

Author: Pedro H. Moschetta

I work with digital marketing and lived in Europe for two years. I like to write about travel, business and entertainment, as well as sharing tips and advice for Brazilians living abroad.
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